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 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

 

A Tribute to Mothers by Martin Luther

“When Eve was brought unto Adam, he became filled with the Holy Spirit, and gave her the most sanctified, the most glorious of appellations. He called her Eva, that is to say, the Mother of All. He did not style her wife, but simply mother, mother of all living creatures. In this consists the glory and the most precious ornament of woman.”

Martin Luther

For more Martin Luther quotes see these posts:

What Martin Luther Said About Women

Martin Luther on Marriage

Martin Luther on Marriage #2

 

Martin Luther on How to Respond to a Pandemic

The people who were alive during the time of Martin Luther also faced a pandemic — it came in the form of a plague called The Black Death and it decimated whole communities.  Here’s what Luther had to say about how we should react — it’s off the monthly topic, but certainly pertinent:

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”

From a letter to Rev. Dr. John Hess, found in Luther’s Works Vol. 43

For more quotes by Martin Luther see these posts:

Martin Luther on Sin

Martin Luther on God’s Victory Over Death

Martin Luther Quote on the Psalms #2

 

What Does the World Want?

The world doesn’t want to be punished. It wants to remain in darkness. It doesn’t want to be told that what it believes is false. If you also don’t want to be corrected, then you might as well leave the church and spend your time at the bar and brothel. But if you want to be saved-and remember that there’s another life after this one-you must accept correction.

MARTIN LUTHER

If you would like to read more Martin Luther quotes, see these posts:

A Quote from Martin Luther

A Thought From Martin Luther

What Martin Luther Said About Women

Martin Luther on Love

What Martin Luther Said About Women

Martin Luther MEME

Off topic, but how True!

Pray First

Many people have a routine of praying in the morning, getting up early and having the first cup of coffee with Jesus, offering the day to God.  I’ve told you I’m not so good at maintaining a routine, but I do this sometimes, too.  It is often a time when  I do my spiritual reading, the Bible or an edifying book.

Martin Luther wrote a morning prayer for this purpose:

LUTHER’S MORNING PRAYER                                                                                                                                                               In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You.  For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things.  Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me.  Amen

He also said this:

If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.

What about you?  Is morning prayer your routine?  We’d like to hear about it.