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date: 20 November 2019

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Decisive for Luther's understanding of the praxis of Christian piety was the proclamation of the gospel of justification by faith. Trust in Christ, his gift to believers, elicits their prayer and worship through the engagement with Scripture in their prayer (oratio), meditation (meditatio), and daily struggles (tentatio/Anfechtungen). The Lord's Prayer served Luther as the model for all prayer, which believers practise because of God's command and the promise he gave to hear. The worship service, 'the place of justification', centres on God's Word, coming in proclamation and sacraments. The impact of Luther's faith-centred form of piety deserves further study.

Keywords: piety, faith, prayer, worship, liturgy, ritual

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