Theology For Girls is run by the lovely Diane. This is something she posted last year.
FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010
“Luther contended with many adversaries throughout the days of the Reformation, but perhaps his greatest adversaries were the Franciscans, who arguably were the most loyal Papists. During one encounter with a Franciscan, Luther bemoaned the fact that whenever he prayed, his mind was filled with distracting thoughts.
“Prayer comes very easy to me,” intoned the monk. When I pray, I block out the world; I cannot ever remember having a wayward thought”.
Astounded, Luther engaged the monk with wagers. “I bet you cannot even prayer the Lord’s Prayer without having distracting thoughts”.
“You have a wager!” answered the monk, eagerly. “But what’s the wager?”
“I’ll wage you a bottle of the finest Rhenish wine in Saxony,” offered the good doctor. “Only you must be honest enough to admit if you have a distracting thought.”
“I’ll be perfectly honest, as I always am,” he said. The monk began to pray the Lord’s Prayer, but about half way through the prayer, he suddenly stopped, opened his eyes and said to Luther, “I’ve got to ask you; does the wager include a corkscrew?”
"Drinking With Calvin and Luther" by Jim West; Oakdown books; pg.28