The goal of praying is to develop an ongoing conversation in Christ’s name with our heavenly Father, through which we share the needs of our daily lives. To assist us with our daily conversational prayer, Jesus has given his disciples the Lord’s Prayer, which encourages spontaneous prayers to God for each of our needs. Our conversations and spontaneous prayer are referred to in the Bible as unceasing prayer.
The primary goal of this chapter on listening is to make reading the Bible a meaningful habit, through which we are able to listen to God’s Word, his voice, as he speaks directly to each of us. Through our daily Bible reading, God’s voice speaks to the depth of our souls a message about our sin (law), and our great need for the Savior (gospel). As Luther said, “From all eternity God has had an active voice, a thought, a conversation, a will, an address within him that he wants to share with us through Scripture.”
The daily goal of remembering our baptism can be summed up by Martin Luther, “So truly, a Christian life is nothing other than a daily remembering of our baptism, once begun and ever to be continued. For this must be done without ceasing, that we always keep purging away whatever belongs to our old nature, through the power of Christ’s death. Then what belongs to our new nature, through the power of Christ’s resurrection, may come forth.”
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