Tuesday, March 22, 2016

"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Sabbath Day

"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Introduction
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - To Master Peter
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - The Lord's Prayer
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Pray Like a Barber
"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - The Ten Commandments"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Sabbath Day 


In his exploration of the third commandment (sanctify the Sabbath day) in his book A Simply Way to Pray, Luther provides some really helpful and practical insight:
Here I learn first that Sunday is not a day to be lazy, or to indulge the flesh, but instead a day we are to keep holy. But it is not our work or other activities that can keep this day. This happens only through the Word of god, which alone is entirely pure and holy, and thus sanctifies everything it touches, be it a time, or a place, people, work, etc. For through the Word our works are also sanctified, as St. Paul's says in 1 timothy 4:5. Every creature is sanctified through Word and prayer. Therefore I acknowledge in this commandment that I certainly must hear and contemplate God's Word. It is in that word that I learn to thank and praise God for all His benefits, and pray for myself and for the entire world. Thus he who holds to Sunday in this way sanctifies it. He who does not, does worse than those who work on Sunday. (18-19)
For those of us, myself include, who think Sunday's are for football and laziness, doesn't Luther's exhortation sting? Those, he says, who do not sanctify the Sabbath are worse than those who work on it.


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