One of the friends that I had a conversation with about prayer lent me a book he thought I might find helpful. It is entitled A Simple Way to Pray by Dr. Archie Parrish. It is written on a letter that Martin Luther originally wrote to his barber who asked him for a simple way to pray that the average person could use. Luther shows him how to pray by using The Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments and the Apostle's Creed. As I read it, I am finding so many good and useful things that I'd like to remember. However, this book does not belong to me, so I'm writing them down in a little notebook. I thought, though, that I would share them here as well, as they might be an encouragement to anyone who might happen along in this little corner of cyberspace.
Dr. Parrish begins the book by introducing Luther to the readers. Here is a quote that stood out to me.
Luther prayed four hours a day. Helmut Thieliche wrote, "Luther prayed this much, not despite his busy life, but because only so could he accomplish his gigantic labors... To work without praying and without listening means only to grow and spread oneself upward without striking roots and without creating an equivalent in the earth. A person who works this way is living unnaturally."After Luther is introduced, then begins the letter written to his barber. This is what Luther has to say about putting prayer off until later.
Guard yourself carefully against those false, deluding ideas that tell you 'Wait a little while. I will pray in an hour; first I must attend to this or that.' Such thoughts get you away from prayer into other affairs which so hold your attention and involve you that nothing come of prayer for that day.How often does that happen in our lives? We think that writing that grocery list or doing the laundry needs to get done first and then we'll pray. Or I know many times I tell myself that I'm just going to check Facebook real fast and then I'll pray. But before I know it, 25 minutes have gone by, I know what everyone's status updates are and I've seen their new pictures, but I have not talked to my sweet Jesus. And then I go out and face the world without that solid foundation of prayer that is so essential.
My desire and my goal is to spend time with God--reading His Word, talking to Him in a deep and intimate way--before I go about my daily business. I encourage you, oh reader, to do the same. Join me in making prayer a priority in our lives.