Almighty and eternal God, according to Your strict judgment You condemned the unbelieving world through the flood, yet according to Your great mercy You preserved believing Noah and his family, eight souls in all. You drowned heart-hearted Pharaoh and all his host in the Red Sea, yet led Your people Israel through the water on dry ground, prefiguring this washing of Your Holy Baptism. Through the Baptism in the Jordan of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, You sanctified and instituted all waters to be a blessed flood, and a lavish washing away of sin. We pray that You would behold us according to Your boundless mercy and bless us with truth faith by the Holy Spirit that through the saving flood all sin in him which has been inherited from Adam and which he himself has committed since would be drowned and die. Grant that we be kept safe and secure int he holy ark of the Christian Church, being separated from the multitude of unbelievers and serving Your name at all times with a fervent spirit and a joyful hope, so that, with all believers in Your promise, he would be declared worthy of eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Woodcut by Baron Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld © WELS
Flood Prayer Lutheran Service Book © 2008 Concordia Publishing House