Luther on A Simple Way to Pray

This Worship Quote of the Week is from a treatise that Martin Luther wrote for his barber.

"Finally, mark this, that you must always make the Amen strong, never doubting that God is surely listening to you with all grace and saying yes to your prayer. Remember that you are not kneeling or standing there alone, but that all Christendom, all devout Christians are standing there with you and you with them in one unanimous, united prayer which God cannot ignore. And never leave off praying without having said or thought: There now, this prayer has been heard by God; this I know of a certainty. That is what 'Amen' means."

 - Martin Luther, from Minister’s Prayer Book, edited by John W. Doberstein, Muehlenberg Press, no date, p.443.

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George on Worshiping the God of Grace

Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is from a wonderful little book on God's amazing grace. The author is Timothy George, Dean of the Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Once we understand who God really is, once we have experienced His inexhaustible lovingkindness, which like the dew is fresh every morning, it will change the way we worship. From a heart overflowing with gratitude, we will want to honor and glorify God by gratefully offering back to Him the many good gifts He has bestowed on us. We will not go to church to be entertained, to see "what we can get out of it" for our own private gratification, but rather to praise and worship the triune God of grace and glory (pp. 118-119).

God's grace should provoke wonder and worship among all of God's children (p. 5).

- Timothy George, Amazing Grace: God's Pursuit - Our Response, 2nd ed. Wheaton: Crossway, 2011. ISBN 978-1433515484.

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Valley of Vision Prayer for the New Year

Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is from Arthur Bennett’s THE VALLEY OF VISION. In this prayer for the beginning of a new year, the author postures himself before God's magnificent providence and grace. [I trust that the archaic language found herein for thee a hindrance will not be; neither shall a rocking of thy bark ensue.]

Length of days does not profit me except the days are passed
in thy presence, in thy service, to thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains,
sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
but may rely on thy Spirit
to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,
and give me a desire
to show forth thy praise,
testify thy love,
advance thy kingdom.
I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with thee, O Father, as my harbor,
thee, O Son, at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to thy calls,
my heart full of love,
my soul free.
Give me thy grace to sanctify me,
thy comforts to cheer,
thy wisdom to teach,
thy right hand to guide,
thy counsel to instruct,
thy law to judge,
thy presence to stabilize.
May thy fear be my awe,
thy triumphs my joy.

—Arthur Bennett, editor. The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Banner of Truth Trust, 1999 (first published in 1975), p. 112. ISBN 0-85151-228-3.

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