Two new resources, a free two-part Bible study and a video, from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod provide an introduction to Martin Luther’s “A Simple Way to Pray,” which offers instruction on how to pray.

“For Luther … the right way to begin to answer the questions ‘What is prayer?’ and ‘How shall we pray?’ is with our Lord’s own command and promise,” wrote the Bible study author, the Rev. Dr. John Sias, pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Colstrip, Mont.

Luther wrote “A Simple Way to Pray” to explain his approach to prayer in 1535 after his barber and friend, Peter Beskendorf, asked for some practical guidance on how to pray. In the tract, Luther explains the “ITCP” method, which features four steps: instruction, thanksgiving, confession and prayer.

“Because there are so many unbiblical things said and written about prayer all about us, every Lutheran should l have ‘A Simple Way to Pray’ and read it,” said the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the LCMS. “Luther’s little book on prayer will revolutionize your prayer life.”

Harrison translated “A Simple Way to Pray” from German to English for Concordia Publishing House, the church’s publisher.

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