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Pray with All Your Heart

August 26, 2018
By Martin Luther

Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me!

PSALM 70:1

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Pray with All Your Heart

 Therefore this psalm, whose opening words we recite so often day and night, is to be commended to all priests, so that they will not mumble it so coldly and perfunctorily, but help the Church of God with this prayer with all their heart. . . . First, against the vices and sins of the past, lest they lead you to despair. Second, against the reviling of the lust of the flesh and its works. Third, against the attractions of the world and the promptings of the devil, lest they prevail over you, but that you may persevere in hope and faith, in grace and union with Christ. Say: "Lord God, be pleased to deliver me." For this prayer is the shield, spear, thunderbolt, and defense against every attack of fear, presumption, lukewarmness, security, etc., which are especially dominant today. . . . Then, so that you might be able to prevail over them, and this quickly, to destroy such evil impulses, add: "Lord, make haste to help me." For haste is necessary to drive them away, especially in our age of defects, security, and lukewarmness.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 70 (Luther's Works 10:391-92)

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