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MARTIN LUTHER’S BARBER

Once upon a time, the great reformer, Martin Luther was getting his hair cut by Peter the Barber.  Peter knew of his spiritual stature so he asked Martin about his own personal devotional life.  Martin answered his question but also wrote him a rather lengthy letter.    The essence of Martin’s answer is as follows.  Each morning he would pray through each line of four texts;  1) The Ten Commandments (See Exodus 20:1-17), 2) The Beatitudes (See Matthew 5:3-12) 3) The Lord’s Prayer (See Matthew 6:9-13) , and 4) The Apostles Creed.

He prayed through each of these four texts in four different ways.  First, he prayed the Lord would teach him what that line meant.  Second, he expressed thanks to the Lord for that truth.  Next he repented of how he had not lived consistently with the truth of that line.  Finally, he prayed the truth of that line into his life and various situations. Actually, this serves as a great pattern for many texts.

Because of my interest in the Lord’s Prayer, I have gotten much mileage out of praying through it following Martin Luther’s pattern.
I write about this in chapter 12 of Living Prayer.  I invite you to try it.  Here is a chart that shows how I have applied his method.  And here is a blank chart you are welcome to copy and use for yourself and others.

Dennis

 

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