As we see the inward, moral deterioration of the western world with waves of immigrants from other lands, many of whom are hostile to Christianity, coming to us, knowing how to pray directly and effectively can be difficult. Here’s a little help to that end from a book by Martin Luther.
Authored in 1535, A Simple Way to Pray was written to Luther’s barber, a man named Peter Beskendorf. This man, known as “Master Peter,” had been Luther’s barber for years and was his friend. Master Peter recognized the link between Luther’s prayer life and his obvious greatness, so he asked the Reformer to teach him how to pray. One can imagine Luther sitting there in a barber’s chair, his face all lathered up and a razor blade whisking along his neck, and this barber asking him questions about prayer. Luther probably hesitated talking too much, not wanting to distract Peter in his work for obvious reasons! So Luther wrote this book, which begins:
Dear Master Peter: I will tell you as best I can what I do personally when I pray. May our dear Lord grant to you and to everybody to do it better than I! Amen.”
The Lord used Luther to help […]