Luther and Prayer

Read: Psalm 4
Text – What am I to do? I will pay with the spirit and I will pay with the mind also… I Cor. 14:15

True prayer is conversation with God. The desire to pray is the best evidence of a reborn soul. When there was a question as to whether or not it was safe for the prophet of the Lord to visit Saul of Tarsus the Lord told Ananias of Damascus, “Behold, he prays.”

Luther, like Paul, was a great man of prayer. Like Paul, he, too, failed for a long time to pray aright. He prayed to the Virgin Mary and to the saints. These prayers were ineffective; but when he found Jesus as his Savior and his Mediator with the Father he began to pray in the Spirit and with understanding. Now his prayers availed much. Luther’s constant communication with God in prayer explains him as the power he was and still is. While people and prayers do not perform miracles, God does perform miracles for praying people. This Luther discovered at the bedside of his co-worker Phillip Melanchthon. Luther told his students that to have prayed well over a lesson is half of the study of the lesson. It is commendable that students and all others do that with faith and trust.

Prayer: Jesus, our Lord, teach us to pray aright. Show us how to ask acceptably and how to accept according to Your own prayer, “Your will be done.” Amen.

How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.