A Simply Way to Pray by Martin Luther — Fresh Translation Coming in Early December
Martin Luther prepared a brief overview of how he goes about his daily prayers at the request of his friend, Master Peter, the Barber of Wittenberg. It has become a real classic since the 16th century, but it was time to have a more modern English translation and freshen it up. The goal with this translation was to help Luther speak clear 21st century English (no jokes here about the devolution of English in the 21st century please!). I’m sure you get my point. Pastor Matthew Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod kindly consented to translate this little pamphlet for Concordia Publishing House. It will arrive here at Concordia Publishing House from the printer in early December. Our goal is to have it in stock for congregations to purchase enough quantities in bulk to share with their members, perhaps as a useful tool to use to help enrichen our prayer lives during the 2013 season of Lent.
Thanksgiving: Jesus, I thank You for my pastor. In fact, I thank You for the pastor who baptized me, and all pastors who have served me in my life as a Christian. Thank You for all the sermons that have clearly shown me my sin and delivered to me the free forgiveness of the Gospel because of Your sacrifice for me on the cross.
Confession: Lord, I confess that so often I fail to pray for my pastor. I fail to be gracious to his family. I do not pay attention to his preaching. I have gossiped and failed to love and defend him and “put the best construction on everything.” I deserve to have my faithful pastor taken away. Forgive me my many sins, and help me to do better. Help me especially to be a joy to my pastor and to encourage him in his difficult office.