“If someone wants to describe adequately the usefulness of pious, earnest prayer, he will, in my opinion, surely find a beginning more easily than a conclusion. Pious prayer offered in faith is familiar conversation with God. It is a salutary remedy to all the difficulties of life.
It is the key to heaven and the door to paradise. It shows us how much we depend on God, and it is a ladder of ascension to God. It is a shield for our defense and a faithful messenger of the ambassador.
It is the refreshment in the heat of misfortune; it is medicine during illness. It is a winch, drawing us to heaven, and a vessel that draws water from the font of divine kindness.
It is a sword against the devil and a defense against misfortune. It is a wind that blows away evil and brings earthly benefits.
It is a nurse that nurtures virtues an conquers faults. It is a great fortification for the soul and gives free access to God. It is a spiritual feast and a heavenly delicacy…”
Johann Gerhard goes on to include even more thoughts about prayer and concludes that there are four truths on which our certainty upon prayer rests: “God’s omnipotent kindness; God’s unfailing truthfulness; Christ’s intercession as our mediator; and the Holy Spirit’s testimony.”
“Lord, teach us to pray,”
His disciples said–
Fill our hearts,
may we be led
to trust You solely
and be fed
with Heavenly food.
Word and bread and wine,
Body, Blood and Promise sure
never ending to receive.
Amen. Lord. Amen!