Original Research - Special Collection: HTS 75th Anniversary Maake Masango Dedication

Martin Luther en gebed

Ignatius W.C. van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 4 | a5543 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5543 | © 2019 Ignatius W.C. van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 May 2019 | Published: 11 December 2019

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Ignatius W.C. van Wyk, Department Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Martin Luther and prayer. For decades, not many theologians published on the theme of prayer. The philosophical critique on religion is one reason. A sensible thing to do in times of uncertainty and disorientation is to fall back on the advice of theologians of name who guided the church in the past. Martin Luther is one such theologian. He was a theologian of prayer. Prayer was a pivotal element in his understanding of spirituality. It was also a constitutive factor for his theology. In Luther, we find a respected and reliable teacher on Christian prayer. Luther himself prayed often in the privacy of his home and in public spaces. His life is an example of a praying Christian. He left behind many sermons and publications on prayer. The research on Luther’s theology of prayer is vast. Unfortunately, we have no publications on Luther and prayer in Afrikaans. This is hopefully the first of many to come. The article concentrates on Luther’s practical advice regarding prayer to congregants who joined the Reformation. The advice could also be useful to the South African community that is becoming more and more secularised. In the second part of the article, his theology of prayer is discussed and his Rogationtide sermons are emphasised. His introductions and theology on, especially, John 16 receive attention. Thirdly, as an example of his expositions on prayer, we look at the second petition of the Lord’s Prayer. The relationship between the kingdom and the church is explained.

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Martin Luther; Prayer; Second Petition; Sunday Rogate; Morning and evening prayers

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