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Daily Devotion


A Prayer and a Cry

October 31, 2018
By Martin Luther

Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to You! Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress!

PSALM 102:1-2


A Prayer and a Cry

No one can pray this prayer except one who is poor in spirit and has begun to loathe the vanity of the world and the goods of the flesh and to long for spiritual blessings. . .. Therefore, as he sees them having their own property while he is still lacking his and is being put off, he says: O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to Thee. The intellect makes the prayer, but the feeling makes the cry, for the latter desires, but the former shows what it should desire, and how and whence, etc. . . . And what does my prayer and my cry want? Turn not Thy face away from me (v. 2). Behold, here you have how this prayer is, for he prays not only in spirit but also with the mind. . . Therefore he here seeks his good things, which are the very face of Christ, and he has the mind and the spirit in his prayer at the same time, for he understands what he prays, and he knows what he desires. In this petition every good thing is sought.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 102 (Luther's Works 11:295)

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