Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968)
Background and Context
Martin Luther King Jr. was born as Michael Luther King Jr. into Christian family in Atlanta, Georgia on 15th January 1929. Later, his father changed his name to Martin to honor German Protestant leader Martin Luther. His father was a Baptist minister, and his maternal grandfather was also a Baptist pastor for a long time. King also served in the Baptist church as co-pastor until his death by assassination in Memphis, Tennessee on 4th April 1968.
King was known as one of the eloquent speakers of American civil rights movement. He led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s. During that time, he raised voice against racial discrimination in America, especially for African-America. In his time, there was hardly a black leader in the country. However, his dynamic leadership succeeded to attract the attention of the world. He led a mass of hundreds of thousands of people against racial discrimination and segregation law. Continue reading Monday Devotion: Martin Luther King Jr. on Spiritual Guidance
Agnes Sanford was born to Presbyterian missionary parents in China in 1897. Indeed, she might have learned about Christianity from her parents and came to know the sole purpose of life on earth. She got married to an Episcopalian priest and lived for years in New Jersey. She had an uncomplicated faith and confidence on God for healing through his power. She lived a very Christ-centered life. She never entangled herself with so-called denominations, complex questions of creed, or structural belief on God. She just concentrated on the practicality of prayer. Consequently, God used her as an effective instrument to bring healing in many lives. Millions of copies of her books on healing prayer hit the market then.
This selection is taken from Sanford’s much loved book “The Healing Light”. The book talks much about the practicality of prayer that encourages Christian believers to put their wavering faith to the test. Furthermore, the writer recommends having faith, and exercising it with discipline. Her trust on God was childlike. Thus, she experienced God’s healing through prayer.
The writer guides us through an experimental prayer. It says that we should keep praying continuously for the subject. Prayer teaches us to learn from God for better adjustment. It needs submission and teachable heart. Therefore, the writer quotes from the beatitudes of Jesus Christ that the poor in the spirit are the blessed, and they inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. People who humbly acknowledge their spiritual weakness and poverty can learn from God through prayer. Once man comes to know that creeds are imperfect; human being is incomplete, and his mind is limit to understand all truths of God can learn to pray ceaselessly. Continue reading Monday Devotion: Agnes Sanford on Prayer