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Cry, Implore, Pray

January 31, 2019
By Martin Luther

The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer.

PSALM 6:9

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Cry, Implore, Pray

These words refer to a soul that is poor in spirit and has nothing left but crying, imploring, and praying in firm faith, strong hope, and steadfast love. The life and behavior of every Christian should be so constituted that he does not know or have anything but God, and in no other way than in faith. Therefore those who are not like this are not heard by God, for they do not call with the heart. They are not poor, nor are they in need of calling and praying; for they are sated and filled.

From Seven Penitential Psalms, on Psalm 6 (Luther's Works 14:145-46)

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