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Thursday, September 8, 2016
How we should pray
How we should pray
praying, it is important to turn away from our usual cares and preoccupations, collect our scattered thoughts, as if
closing the door of the soul against all that is worldly, and direct all our
attention towards God.
oneself before the face of God and bringing to mind His greatness, one who
prays must necessarily recognize his unworthiness
and spiritual poverty. “While praying one should imagine all creation as
nothing compared to God, and only God as everything” (St. John of Kronstadt).
An edifying example of the proper attitude of prayer was given by our Savior in
the parable regarding the publican who was justified by God for his humility
humility does not cause depression or hopelessness. On the contrary, it is
linked with firm faith in the goodness and omnipotence of the Heavenly Father.
Only prayer of faith is accepted by God, as we read in the Gospel: “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you
ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark
11:24). Warmed by faith, a Christian's prayer is very powerful. The Christian
remembers the command of Jesus Christ that it is necessary to pray always and
not lose heart (Luke 18:1), and His promise: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and
it will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7).
Gospel has many examples of the great power of prayer: the Canaanite woman who
begged the Lord to heal her daughter (Matt.15:21-28), the defenseless widow who
persuaded the unjust judge to take her side (Luke 18:5-8 and others). One
should not despair if his prayer is not answered immediately: this is a test,
not a refusal. “This is why the Lord said `knock,' to show that if He does not
open the doors of His mercy immediately, we should nevertheless remain waiting
with the light of hope” (St. John Chrysostom). The true Christian will continue
his prayer with uninterrupted effort until he convinces the Lord, and until he
calls down upon himself His mercy, like the Old Testament patriarch Jacob who
said to the stranger wrestling with him, “I
will not let You go unless You bless me!” (Gen. 32:26) and indeed he
received God's blessing.
the Lord is our Heavenly Father, we are all brothers. He will answer our prayer
only when we have a true, brotherly, benevolent relationship with each other,
when we have vanquished all strife and enmity and have shrouded all offenses
with forgiveness and made peace with everyone. “Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone,
forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses” (Mark
ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL ORTHODOX MISSION PAKISTAN
Welcome to the Saint Michael The Archangel Orthodox Mission. We are a registered body with the Government of Pakistan under the Registration of Societies Act XXI 1860 Registration No. SR/SGD/1030/S of 2012 At St. Michael we seek to worship in a manner consistent with the Orthodox Tradition we change nothing. We believe, as the Church has always taught, that the correct conduct of true worship must be known, practiced and passed on to the next generation of the Faithful. We provide an expression of Orthodox life and witness which is thoroughly consistent with Orthodox Apostolic Tradition.