A Simple Way to Pray: Martin Luther, the 16th Century Reformer, Tells His Barber How to Empower His Prayer Life

By: Archie Parrish

The Pastor’s Monthly Book Suggestion – November, 2019

Every Christian I have ever spoken to about prayer has lamented their inability to pray as diligently as they wish. This is not a dilemma unique to 21st century Christians. Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther’s barber confessed to the reformer his own struggle with prayer.  As a help to his friend, Luther wrote a small treatise on prayer, which, along with selected insights, has been reproduced by Archie Parrish and introduced by R.C. Sproul.

In this work, Luther offers Peter the barber a simple way to pray using the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Apostles Creed as templates. Having incorporated the wisdom found in this short booklet into my own prayer life, I can highly recommend this to other struggling Christians who seek to develop a stronger prayer life yet find it difficult to do so. Toward the end of the booklet, Parrish offers questions for review that are designed to enable the reader to grasp Luther’s intent and apply the insights in the booklet to his or her own circumstances.

I recommend this book to all who see a need to enhance their prayer life and wish to have it guided by God’s word.

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Bill Mayk

Bill is the founding pastor of Grace & Peace Presbyterian Church (PCA) Prior to beginning this church planting work in the Pottstown area, Bill served as a hospice chaplain and a missionary to Mexico and Jordan. Bill earned his MDiv from Biblical Theological Seminary.
Bill Mayk
About Bill Mayk

Bill is the founding pastor of Grace & Peace Presbyterian Church (PCA) Prior to beginning this church planting work in the Pottstown area, Bill served as a hospice chaplain and a missionary to Mexico and Jordan. Bill earned his MDiv from Biblical Theological Seminary.

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