Luther on Prayer
Luther described prayer as: “The hardest work of all -a labour above all labours, since he who prays must wage almighty warfare against the doubt and murmuring excited by the faint-heartedness and unworthiness we feel within us…that unutterable and powerful groaning with which the godly rouse themselves against despair, the struggle in which they call mightily upon their faith.”
A helpful guide to prayer is Luther’s, A Simple Way to Pray. A Simple Way to Pray is a collection of Luther’s pastoral advice on prayer. It came about when Luther’s barber asked him for some guidelines on prayer. Luther’s counsel on prayer was that we use the Lord’s Prayer, the Psalms, and the Ten Commandments as well as the Apostle’s Creed as models and guidelines for how to structure our prayers. Luther isn’t bound up in rote rituals within these guidelines, but rather Luther believed that there were Biblical patterns of prayer that are helpful for all believers. Luther’s guide is extremely helpful especially in it’s practicality.