Luther: sleeping and waking
In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
—John 16:23-24 (NIV)
Cultivate the habit of falling asleep with the Lord’s Prayer on your lips every evening when you go to bed and again every morning when you get up. And if occasion, place, and time permit, pray before you do anything else.
... Martin Luther (1483-1546), Luther’s Works, v. 24, Sermons on the Gospel of John 14-16, Jaroslav Pelikan, ed., Concordia Publishing House, 1974, p. 387 (see the book)
See also John 16:23-24; Ps. 5:3; 88:13; 119:147; Isa. 26:9; Matt. 6:6,9-12; Mark 1:35
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, my heart echos Your prayer.
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