Tuesday, March 8, 2016

"A Simple Way to Pray": Blogging Through Luther - Pray Like a Barber

"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


Anyone familiar with A Simple Way to Pray will have come across the following passage:
Just as a good diligent barber must keep his thoughts and eyes precisely on the razor and the hair, and not forget where he is while cutting hair, even though he may be chatting a great deal, he will be concentrating carefully, so that eh keeps a close eye on where the razor is so he doesn't cut somebody's nose, or mouth, or even slice somebody's throat.

Therefore, it's very clear that if a person is going to do something well, it requires him to focus and concentrate, as the old say goes . . . "a person engaged in various pursuits, minds none o them well." So, if this is true about other things in our life, how much more does prayer require the heart to be completely focused if it is to pray a good prayer? (15)
Here is a great example of how theology meets life. Luther the theologian easily becomes Luther the pastor. Focus is key to prayer, a lesson I, and I suspect many of us, need to learn from Luther's barber.


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