Luther's Prayers

Luther's Prayers

There is no monotony in the prayer salutations of Luther. Some are lengthy. He is as one in continual conversation with God. To him the name of God is the presence of God. Many of the prayers end as abruptly as they begin. Some close with several Amens, like a hallelujah chorus. It is clear that his faith and confession became devotion and prayer. The chief parts of the Small Catechism, so well known as statements of faith, as seen here, are natural avenues of prayer for Luther. His interpretation was rooted and strengthened and nourished in prayer. Doctrine was his way of life. It was the topic for each of his prayers. A credal statement was always in need of meditation and devotion. It was no end in itself. The prayers are on topics spanning all of life. The soldier, employer, politician, pastor, sick person, parent, newlywed, teacher. One might wish to retain in these translations the rhythm and meter and mental images of this 16th century Saxon preacher and poet. It may be that the prayers find some of their poetry in this day as they are prayed aloud.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780806627557
  • eBook ISBN 9781451409673
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 6.75 x 9.6
  • Pages 120
  • Publication Date August 1, 2017


"Dear Father in heaven, for the sake of your dear Son Jesus Christ grant us your Holy Spirit, that we may be true learners of Christ, and therefore acquire a heart with a never ceasing fountain of love. Amen."
from a prayer for increasing love

"Almighty God, through the death of your Son you have destroyed sin and death. Through his resurrection you have restored innocence and eternal life. We who are delivered from the power of the devil may live in your kingdom. Give us grace that we may believe this with our whole heart. Enable us, always, to steadfastly praise and thank you in this faith, through your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen."
from a prayer for the right faith and its strengthening power

Table of Contents


The Lord's Prayer

A Simple Way to Pray

Prayers for Enlightenment from God's Word

Prayers for a Christian Life

Prayers When Death Draws near


A. The Catechism
B. Home and Family
C. Word and Sacraments
D. Church