Luther and Healing: Miracles From the Past, Part 19

by | Apr 5, 2020 | Miracles, Miracles From the Past

In continuation of our series, Miracles of the Past, today’s devotional comes directly from the writings of that great reformer, Martin Luther. I pray it will be a blessing to you!

In Luther: Letters of Spiritual Council, the following letter of Martin Luther is recorded:

“The tax collector in Torgau and the councillor in Belgern have written me to ask that I offer some good advice and help for Mrs. John Korner’s afflicted husband. I know of no worldly help to give. If the physicians are at a loss to find a remedy, you may be sure that it is not a case of ordinary melancholy. It must, rather, be an affliction that comes from the devil, and this must be counteracted by the power of Christ with the prayer of faith. This is what we do and what we have been accustomed to do, for a cabinet maker here was similarly afflicted with madness and we cured him by prayer in Christ’s name.

Accordingly you should proceed as follows: Go to him with the deacon and two or three good men. Confident that you, as pastor of the place, are clothed with the authority of the ministerial office, lay your hands upon him and say, “Peace be with you, dear brother, from God our Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ.” Thereupon repeat the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer over him in a clear voice, and close with these words: “O God, almighty Father, who hast told us through thy Son, ‘Verily, verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you’; who hast commanded and encouraged us to pray in his name, ‘Ask, and ye shall receive’; and who in like manner hast said, ‘Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me;’ we unworthy sinners, relying on these thy words and commands, pray for thy mercy with such faith as we can muster. Graciously deign to free this man from all evil, and put to nought the work that Satan has done in him, to the honour of thy name and the strengthening of the faith of believers; through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, world without end. Amen.” Then, when you depart, lay your hands upon the man again and say, “These signs shall follow them that believe; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

Do this three times, once on each of three successive days. Meanwhile let prayers be’ said from the chancel of the church, publicly, until God hears them.

In so far as we are able, we shall at the same time unite our faithful prayers and petitions to the Lord with yours.

Farewell. Other counsel that this I do not have.
I remain, etc.”

Martin Luther (Tappert, ed., Luther: Letters of Spiritual Counsel, nd. 18:52).

Friends, if God healed in the Old Testament and the New, if He healed in the days of the early church and also in the dark ages and the days of the great reformation, if God is the same yesterday, today and forever, isn’t He also anxious to heal today, in our day and age? Think about it!

Rob Chaffart

(To view the entire “Miracles From the Past” devotional series, please click here.)


Luther and Healing: Miracles From the Past, Part 19