Posted by: Billy Marsh | April 22, 2009

A Christian’s Sigh

Upright Christians pray without ceasing; though they pray not always with their mouths, yet their hearts pray continually, sleeping and waking; for the sigh of a true Christian is a prayer.

–Martin Luther, TableTalk, “Of Prayer,” no. 337

Luther’s colorful style yet again aids me in better picturing one of Scripture’s prime teachings. It is obvious here that his mindset towards true Christian prayer is completely grounded in faith. Luther sees prayer in this case as it should be, namely, communion with God. To pray continually as he says is not always about kneeling and speaking; it is about the unceasing life of faith in the finished work of the Son of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit that makes fellowship with the Father possible.

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