“O Lord God, Thou hast set me to be a bishop and pastor in Thy Church. Thou seest how unfitted I am to bear such great and responsible office; and had not Thy counsel hitherto sustained me, I had long since brought all to ruin. Therefore, I cry unto Thee: gladly will I submit and give my lips, my tongue, and my heart unto the teaching of the people, and ever learn and occupy myself in Thy word to consider the same diligently. Use me as Thine instrument: but, dear Lord, leave me not; for were I to be left unto myself, I would quickly bring all to ruin. Amen.”
Wilhelm Loehe, Seed-Grains of Prayer, #254.