A Jagged Contention: Spirit of Prayer

“For the Spirit of prayer is joined to the  Spirit of grace. But it is the Spirit of grace who convinces one of sin (John 16:8) and gives instruction about the forgiveness of sins, who condemns idolatry and gives instruction about true worship of God and who condemns greed, lust, and oppression and teaches chastity,  patience, and charitableness….But when the Spirit has been  taken away, the Spirit of prayer has also been taken away. For one who does not have the Word cannot pray.”

– Martin Luther, Lectures on Genesis, vol. 2, pg. 19.


Luther vehemently grounds the whole of Christian life in the Word. What are the dangers of thinking about worship, devotion, prayer, and vocation apart from the Word?

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