A Prayer for Help to Flee from Sin (Luther)

Most certainly and primarily the Christian learns to pray from the teaching of Scripture. We have examples of prayers in both Testaments. Most of the Psalms are prayers. Jesus taught us a pattern of prayer. Scripture is our primary resource for improving our prayer lives. However, we can also learn how to pray from other Christians – especially those who have gone before us. Augustine’s Confessions is, in a way, one long prayer. The prayers of John Calvin in his commentaries are wonderful. I also like to read Martin Luther’s prayers – many of which are found in this book: Luther’s Prayers. Here’s one where Luther asked the Lord to help him flee from sin:

“Dear Lord Jesus Christ,
I feel my sins. They bite, chase, and frighten me.
Where shall I go? I look to you, Lord Jesus Christ, and despite my weakness,
I believe in you.
I hold fast to you,
and I am certain that you said,
“Whoever believes in me will have eternal life.”
If my conscience is grieved, and my sins frighten me, and my heart trembles,
your Word still says,
“Son, be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven and you will have eternal life, and I will raise you up on the last day.”


Martin Luther, Luther’s Prayers ed. Herbert Brokering (Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1994), p. 72.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015