Monday, July 27, 2009
How to Pray
Luther wrote a wonderful letter to Peter the Barber. Peter had asked Luther how one was to pray. And Luther sent him a response. This letter was sent early in the year 1535.
The most basic way to pray Luther says is to go to the Lord in humility knowing that you are a sinner, but that it is the Lord's command that you do pray. Then, use the Lord's Prayer as a template for all other prayers. Pray on each petition and expand as you see fit. Then perhaps a prayer with the Ten Commandments, and then parts of the Apostles Creed. Pray as is needed.
Luther thought the Lord's Prayer is the best of all prayers, even superior to the psalter. And Luther really loved the psalter.
So when you pray pray the Lord's Prayer and then delve into the petitions. Or pray the Ten commandments, or the Creed. And if you need help, grab your catechism and use it as a guide.
If you are not used to praying like this, it will take some getting used to. But, it is worth it. Pray in this way, and you ground your prayers on the Word of the Lord. This, I have found, is a good way to learn how to pray.