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A Simply Way to Pray by Martin Luther — Fresh Translation Coming in Early December

October 29th, 2012
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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.

Here is a picture of the cover and here is where you go to view a sample and place a standing order. Below the picture is a further description of the book.

When asked by his barber and good friend, Peter Beskendorf, for some practical guidance on how to prepare oneself for prayer, Martin Luther responded by writing this brief treatise first published in 1535. A Simple Way to Pray is a fresh modern translation bringing us Luther’s practical instruction, using Luther’s I.T.C.P. method of prayer. This method anchors prayer in the catechism or other biblical texts, but allows the Holy Spirit to prompt thoughts via the Word, which may be chased more freely by the mind at prayer.


Instruction: Lord Christ, You instruct me here that I am to listen carefully and heed the word of my pastor when he speaks Your Word. The pastoral office is profound; my pastor is not only charged to watch over my soul, but You also call him to account for his service to me. Finally, You tell me in this text that I am to be a joy to my pastor and not a pain, and this for my own spiritual benefit.


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.

Prayer: Savior, bless my pastor with faithfulness to Your Word. Cause him to grow in knowledge of Your Word. Give him courage and strength for his tasks. I thank You for (name) and for all faithful pastors. Grant success to the work of our seminaries. Bless our professors and students. And give my pastor joy. I ask all this for Your sake alone. Amen.


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  1. October 29th, 2012 at 15:12 | #1

    I already own a copy of a different translation. Give me your top two really good reasons why I should fork out for this one, other than tribal loyalty.

    • October 29th, 2012 at 15:15 | #2


      (1) It is the best English translation ever prepared.
      (2) It is inexpensive.

  2. October 29th, 2012 at 15:56 | #3

    Good. In what sense is it the best translation? How is it superior to previous ones? (Btw, I’m not being tongue-in-cheek or provocative: I really want to know.)

    • October 30th, 2012 at 09:22 | #4

      Buy the book and you’ll find out! Or you can also download the sample and see, for free.

  3. Francis Szarejko
    October 29th, 2012 at 20:32 | #5

    I am looking forward to this. Will it also be on Kindle?

    Thanks for the great work you are doing.

  4. Randy K
    October 30th, 2012 at 11:02 | #7


    Looking forward to the kindle edition!!


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