48. Christians are to be taught that the pope, in granting indulgences, needs and thus desires their devout prayer more than their money.
Once again Luther starts by saying that Christians are to be taught, but in this Thesis he wants people to be taught that raising money was not the pope’s primary motive in selling indulgences. I am not sure that this was true. It brings to mind the saying, where your treasure is there your heart will be also. It would seem that it would be better if Christians were taught to pray devoutly for the forgiveness of sins and leave the pope and indulgences out of it. Devout prayer is an interesting choice of words for Martin Luther. If we are honest we would have to admit that sometimes our prayers are not devout!
The word comes from the concept of “devoted too”. So a devout prayer would be one that a person was devoted to praying. “I can think of nothing else than praying this prayer.” A devout prayer would also be one where the person was devoted to the God that they are praying too.
For most of us being completely devoted to the prayer we are praying and the God we are praying too has become a little rare. We need to rededicate ourselves to “Devout Prayer”!
Dear Father of all creation please draw close to me today and embrace me with Your Spirit. As I am filled with Your Spirit please direct me to live for you and give me a devoted heart. Keep me close to You and Your blessings. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.