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A Most Suitable Time for Prayer

September 06, 2018
By Martin Luther

In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted.

PSALM 77:2


A Most Suitable Time for Prayer


This is the trouble of remorse and the total wretchedness of this life, as suggested by blessed Augustine on this passage. For the remorseful man understands his wretchedness and sees that he is in the midst of trouble and trial, since in fact the life of man on earth is trial and warfare (Job 7:1). But this salutary knowledge in a wonderful way makes a man remorseful and turns him away from earthly things and turns him toward God. Therefore he says: I sought the Lord with my hands lifted up to Him in the night. The Hebrew reads: "My hand is stretched forth in the night and is not silent." Whether this statement about the night is taken spiritually or literally, it is true, for the night is the most suitable time for praying and recollecting and praying in remorse.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 77 (Luther's Works 11:19)

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