Martin Keeps It Real

Martin Luther had his down days too:

“I sit here at ease, hardened and unfeeling—alas! praying little, grieving little for the Church of God, burning rather in the fierce fires of my untamed flesh. It comes to this: I should be afire in the spirit; in reality I am afire in the flesh, with lust, laziness, idleness, sleepiness. It is perhaps because you have all ceased praying for me that God has turned away from me…. For the last eight days I have written nothing, nor prayed nor studied, partly from self-indulgence, partly from another vexatious handicap [constipation and piles]…. I really cannot stand it any longer…. Pray for me, I beg you, for in my seclusion here I am submerged in sins” (E.G. Rupp and Benjamin Drewery, eds, Martin Luther: Documents of Modern History, pp. 72-73).

How’s that for a thought: “I sit here hardened and unfeeling … perhaps because you all have ceased praying for me.” Wouldn’t it be great to know there were people praying for your prayer life?

Something to think about as Pastor Appreciation Month draws to a close. (See also this: How Rick Warren’s Health Crisis Can Help Your Church.)

Prayer Request

Please be in prayer for the PC(USA) (one of our two denominations) as it holds its 220th General Assembly in Pittsburgh at the end of the week. The issues being considered include “small” matters like modifications to our Book of Confessions and the ordination examination process. There are also “big” matters at stake, including “realignment” (of the structure of the denomination beyond the local congregation) and the definition of marriage. A good high-level summary is here:

“It would not surprise me at all if some congregations would see [approval of same-sex relationships] as the straw that broke the camel’s back, for them to leave the denomination,” he added.

Already, dozens of congregations have left the PC(USA) after it approved gay ordination last year.