Luther Praying for Melancthon

It was about the year 1540 that Melancthon seemed, in a severe illness, to be approaching death; he made his will, feeling a deep persuasion that his end was approaching.  Luther hastened in fear and alarm to the bedside of his friend; it seemed as if Melancthon was almost gone; his eyes were dim, his hearing imperfect.  Luther was in an agony of intense consternation; it seems to have been one of those great moments of passion and inspiration for which the mighty reformer was so famous.  “Alas!” he exclaimed, “That the devil should have thus unstrung so fine an instrument.”  Then he fell on his knees, and poured out one of those passionate, irresistible prayers: “We implore, O Lord our God, we cast all our burdens on Thee, and will cry till Thou hearest us, pleading all the promises which can be found in the Holy Scriptures respecting Thy hearing prayer, so that Thou must indeed hear us, to preserve at all future periods our entire confidence in Thy own promises.”  Then he seized Melancthon’s hand, exclaiming, “Be of good courage, Philip, thou shalt not die; trust in the Lord, who can impart new life.”  And while he spoke Melancthon began to visibly revive, as though his spirit came again, and he was shortly afterwards restored to health.

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About William Moore

I am a Christian, saved and living by God's grace. I am doing this blog on a book called, "The World of Religious Anecdote," or, as I like to call it, "Christian Anecdotes." The reason why I am doing this blog, on a book, instead of about myself, is because there are so many unedifying things in the world, so that we, as Christians, need to take the world and subdue it for our Lord. I believe and hope that is what I am doing here, in this blog. I try to do my posts twice a week, in order to keep the flow going. I hope you enjoy reading, learning, and sharing this book, "Christian Anecdotes."
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