January 05, 2021

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: Genesis 11:1 – 13:4 Matthew 5:1-26 Proverbs 1:24-28

“Cling to Christ in Prayer”

“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.” [James 5:17]

These words “in My name” [John 16:23] demand faith when one prays. They show that our own worthiness should not demand that we pray or achieve fulfillment, and that our unworthiness should not prevent us from praying; they show that we are surely heard solely for the sake of Christ, our only Mediator and High Priest before God. Therefore our prayer must be centered in Him alone. All Christendom prays in this manner; in concludes and seals all its prayers and cries with the words “through Jesus Christ, our Lord.” In this way it brings its offerings to God in faith. Therefore you should do likewise, in order that you may defend yourself against the terrible thoughts which detain and deter you from prayer. Be sure not to let the devil delude you when he tells you that you are unworthy; but for this very reason fall on your knees when you feel that you are not worthy and cannot become worthy. Cling to Christ, make your prayer dependent on Him … By no means be in doubt or uncertain when your pray; but believe confidently that your prayer has come before God, has reached its goal, and has already been granted. For it has been concluded with the amen with which Christ Himself here confirms His Word.

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