If you want to pray successfully, leave sin and live by the truth. Avoid all appearance of evil, for as long as you live in sin God will not come near you. As long as you cling to created things you will not receive his Spirit.
For these things Christ came to free us. If we throw ourselves under his cross we will be healed. So hate your own life. Choose the right way, the way of Christ and of forsaking the world.
If you live right he will surround you with his grace. His grace, that is, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, will lead you out of all sin. It will intercede for you, teach you the doctrine of Christ, and how to pray.
If the Holy Spirit leads you and sin rules over you no more, you are born again, accepted in Christ, and in a place where he will listen to your prayers. Whatever you ask will be given you. So turn not to the right or left. Stay on the right way and the Kingdom is yours forever!
anonymous Anabaptist writer, 16’th century, Europe