Martin Luther’s Prayer about the Word

Dear God,
let your Word
shine in our hearts
by your Holy Spirit.
Make it
so bright and warm
that we always find
our comfort and joy
in it.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther, translated for A Collection of Prayers from Die Gebete Luthers#195.

For more prayers see:

Prayer to the Holy Spirit #2

A Prayer of Surrender

A Penitent Prayer

The Word Did It All –Martin Luther

What is Luther? The teaching is not mine. Nor was I crucified for anyone … How did I, poor stinking bag of maggots that I am, come to the point where people call the children of Christ by my evil name? … I simply taught, preached, wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philip and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it. I did nothing; the Word did everything.

Martin Luther

For more quotes by Martin Luther see:

Martin Luther on God’s Word

Martin Luther on Doing Good

Martin Luther on How to Respond to a Pandemic

Martin Luther on God’s Word

” We must make a great difference between God’s Word and the word of man. A man’s word is a little sound, that flies into the air and soon vanishes, but the word of God is greater than heaven and earth, yea, greater than death and hell, for it forms part of the power of God and endures everlastingly.”

Martin Luther

Martin Luther Quote #2 on Facing Challenges

“Suffering is the school in which God chastens us and teaches us to trust in him so that our faith may not always stay in our ears and hover on our lips but may have its true dwelling place in the depths of our hearts. Your grace is now in this school.” Martin Luther

For more quotes by Martin Luther see these posts:

Martin Luther on Hope

Martin Luther on Baptism

Martin Luther on God’s Victory Over Death

Dietrich Bonhoeffer– Facing Life’s Challenges Like Christ

“Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. ‘The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared’ (Luther).”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

For more quotes by Dietrich Bonhoeffer see:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Optimism

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Faith

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Times of Uncertainty

 

 

 

Martin Luther on Facing Challenges

“Inasmuch as tribulation serves the same purpose as rhubarb, myrrh, aloes, or an antidote against all the worms, poison, decay, and dung of this body of death, it ought not to be despised. We must not willingly seek or select afflictions, but we must accept those which God sees fit to visit upon us, for he knows which are suitable and salutary for us and how many and how heavy they should be.”

Martin Luther

For more Martin Luther quotes see:

Martin Luther on Uncertainty

Martin Luther on Charity

Martin Luther on Youth

Martin Luther on Hope

Unto him who is able to keep us from falling, and lift us from the dark to the bright mountain of hope, from the midnight of desperation to the daybreak of joy, to him be power and authority for ever and ever.”

by Martin Luther

For more Martin Luther quotes see these posts:

Martin Luther on Witnessing

A Thought From Martin Luther

Speak to One Another–Advice From Martin Luther

 

Martin Luther and the Holy Spirit

For more on how to read the Scripture, see these posts:

How to Read Scripture (according to John Stott)

Martin Luther on Reading the Bible

 

 

 

What Did Martin Luther Say about the Holy Spirit?

“I believe that by my own understanding or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him, but instead the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, made me holy and kept me in the true faith, just as he calls, gathers, enlightens, and makes holy the whole Christian church on earth and keeps it with Christ in the one common true faith. Daily in this Christian church the Holy Spirit abundantly forgives all sins – mine and those of all believers. On the last day the Holy Spirit will raise me and all the dead and will give me and all believers eternal life. This is most certainly true.” (Martin Luther, “Small Catechism.” The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. ed. Robert Kolb and Timothy J. Wengert. [Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000], Third Article to the Creed, 355-356.)

For more quotes by Martin Luther, see these posts:

Martin Luther on God’s Victory Over Death

A Thought From Martin Luther

Martin Luther on our Rebirth in Faith

 

Martin Luther on Youth

“If you young fellows were wise, the devil couldn’t do anything to you, but since you aren’t wise, you need those of us who are old.”

Martin Luther

For more quotes by Martin Luther see these posts:

Martin Luther on Heavenly Blessings

Martin Luther on Sin

Martin Luther on Witnessing