Weekend Reads: Communion with God through prayer and the Psalms
Itâ€™s only 50 pages, but it contains what (at the risk of sounding irreverent) one might call the distilled spirit of colonial Americaâ€™s great theologian. Jonathan Edwards: His Doctrine of and Devotion to Prayer (Biblical Spirituality Press, 2013).
Edwards prayed frequently. He had prayer time built into his schedule. He took additional, non-scheduled time throughout the day to pray in private. He also led his family in public prayer. When he went horseback riding for exercise, he often rode into the woods, dismounted, and began to pray....
"Luther wrote: â€śFirst, when I feel that I have become cool and joyless in prayer, because of other tasks or thoughts (for the flesh and the devil always impede and obstruct prayer), I take my Psalter, hurry to my roomâ€¦and as time permits, I say quietly to myself and word for word the Lordâ€™s Prayer, The Ten Commandments, The Apostles Creed and â€¦ some Psalms"
"The Lordâ€™s Prayer and the Psalms were tools which Luther considered most important for any Christianâ€™s prayer life. â€śA Christian has prayed abundantly who has rightly prayed the Lordâ€™s Prayer.â€ť The Lordâ€™s Prayer is the model prayer of Christianity and it is not essentially a prayer of one individual, but a common prayer that binds all Christians together, uniting us with all believers, past, present and future, whether in Heaven, or on earth, in a Biblical Kingdom focused prayer" Luther's Practical Programme to Prayer