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Quotes on Prayer

Postby Theophilus » December 16th, 2007, 6:05 pm

When mind and heart are united in prayer and the soul is wholly concentrated in a single desire for God, then the heart grows warm and the light of Christ begins to shine and fills the inward man with peace and joy.
We should thank the Lord for everything and give ourselves up to His will; we should also offer Him all our thoughts and words, and strive to make everything serve only His good pleasure.

-St. Seraphim of Sarov

Prayer is a great weapon, a rich treasure, a wealth that is never exhausted, an undisturbed refuge, a cause of tranquillity, the root of a multitude of blessings and their source.
-St. John Chrysostom

Prayer is a conversation directly with God, being always with God, having one's soul united with Him and one's mind inseparable. A person becomes one with the angels and unites with them in perpetual praise and longing for God.
-St. Symeon of Thessaloniki
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Re: Quotes on Prayer Aphrahat the Persian

Postby Theophilus » December 16th, 2007, 6:07 pm

From the moment your start praying, raise your heart upward and turn your eyes downward. Bring your focus to your innermost self, and there pray in secret to your heavenly Father.


Our Lord instructed us to pray in secret - this means, in our heart - and also to 'shut the door'. What is this door he says we must shut, if not the mouth? For we are the temple in which Christ dwells, for so the Apostle said, 'You are temples of the Lord' (1 Cor 3.16). The Lord enters into your inner self, into this house, to cleanse it from everything that is unclean; but only when the door, that is your mouth, is closed shut.


Before you pray, first forgive all those who have offended you. Then you may pray. Only in this way will your prayer rise up into the presence of God. If you do not forgive, it will simply remain on the earth.

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Quotes on Prayer from St. John of the Ladder

Postby Theophilus » December 30th, 2007, 10:00 am

"Your prayer will show you what condition you are in. Theologians say that prayer is the monk's mirror."


"Ask with tears, seek with obedience, knock with patience. For thus he who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him that knocks it shall be opened."


"Do not hesitate to go late at night to those places where you usually feel afraid. But if you yield only a little to such weakness, then this childish and ridiculous infirmity will grow old with you. As you go on your way, arm yourself with prayer. When you reach the place, stretch out your hands. Flog your enemies with the name of Jesus, for there is no stronger weapon in heaven or earth. When you get rid of the disease of fear, praise Him who has delivered you. If you continue to be thankful, He will protect you for ever."


"Do not say, after spending a long time in prayer, that nothing has been gained; for you have already gained something. And what higher good is there than to cling to the Lord and persevere in unceasing union with Him?"


"Faith gives wings to prayer, and without it we cannot fly up to Heaven."


"If you feel sweetness or compunction at some word of your prayer, dwell on it; for then our guardian angel is praying with us."


"Though you may have climbed the whole ladder of the virtues, pray for forgiveness of sins. Listen to the cry of Paul regarding sinners: Of whom I am chief. (I Timothy 1:15) "


-St. John Climacus (John of the Ladder)
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Re: Quotes on Prayer

Postby techi » December 30th, 2007, 9:11 pm

'Through praying we seek not so much to change God's mind on a situation as to allow Him to change our mind.'
(CS Lewis)

An agnostic found himself in trouble, and a friend suggested he pray. “How can I pray when I do not know whether or not there is a God?” he asked. “If you are lost in the forest,” his friend replied, “you do not wait until you find someone before shouting for help.” (Anon)
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Re: Quotes on Prayer

Postby mpempa » March 15th, 2009, 7:46 am

P r a y e r — the Breath of the Soul. Bishop Alexander (Mileant).

During prayer a Christian pours out his soul before God: the glorifies Him for His great perfection, thanks Him for His mercy and goodness, and makes requests for his needs. Hence there are three main forms of prayer: praise, thanksgiving, and petition:

Praise (Doxology) — is the most perfect and selfless type of prayer. The more pure and blameless a person is, the more the perfection of God is reflected in him, and through this he involuntarily calls forth happy words of praise and glory. Thus the angels in the heavens unceasingly glorify God in hymns. "Praise," says Bishop Theophan the Recluse, "is not an indifferent contemplation of God's attributes, but a living experience of them, full of joy and exaltation."

Thanksgiving is sent up to God for all the good things received from Him. It arises naturally in a grateful and sensitive soul. God is merciful to all of us, but not many of us remember to thank Him. Out of the ten lepers healed by our Savior, only one, a Samaritan, returned to thank Him (Luke 17:12-17).

The most widespread form of prayer is petition, offered in acknowledgment of our weaknesses, infirmities, and lack of experience. Because of sins and passions, our souls become weak and sick. Therefore, it is essential in prayer to ask God to forgive us and help us to overcome our faults. Sometimes requests are made because of an impending danger hanging over us, a need, etc. Petition in prayer is inevitable in view of our weakness and is readily accepted by the all-merciful Lord (Matt. 7:7; John 16:23). But if our prayer has only a predominant character of request, if the voice of praise and thanksgiving is almost unheard, this indicates poor development of our spiritual life.

Often these various forms of prayer become combined in one.
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Re: Quotes on Prayer

Postby Theophilus » February 20th, 2010, 12:10 pm

"Only he who does not want to pray will not find time for prayer."
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Re: Quotes on Prayer

Postby Sweet Peace » February 20th, 2010, 10:37 pm

There is a model for prayer called ACTS -Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. more
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Re: Quotes on Prayer

Postby different glory » February 24th, 2010, 7:33 am

Prayer, the Church's banquet, Angels' age,
God's breath in man returning to his birth,
The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,
The Christian plummet sounding heav'n and earth;
Engine against th' Almighty, sinner's tower,
Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,
The six-days'-world transposing in an hour,
A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;
Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss,
Exalted manna, gladness of the best,
Heaven in ordinary, man well dressed,
The milky way, the bird of Paradise,
Church bells beyond the stars heard, the soul's blood,
The land of spices, something understood.


(by George Herbert, 1593-1633. Wikipedia states that late in his short life he "took holy orders in the Church of England, spending the rest of his life as a rector of the little parish of Fugglestone St Peter... near Salisbury. He was noted for unfailing care for his parishioners, bringing the sacraments to them when they were ill, and providing food and clothing for those in need... On his deathbed, he reportedly gave the manuscript [of his poems] to Nicholas Ferrar, the founder of a semi-monastic Anglican religious community at Little Gidding ... telling him to publish the poems if he thought they might "turn to the advantage of any dejected poor soul", and otherwise, to burn them.')
That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. - Psalm 26
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Re: Quotes on Prayer

Postby mpempa » February 24th, 2010, 11:20 pm

Nice poem, DG. Thanks!!
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Re: Quotes on Prayer

Postby Theophilus » March 13th, 2011, 5:59 pm

Prayer is always possible for everyone, rich and poor, noble and humble, strong and weak, healthy and sick, righteous and sinful. [...]

Great is the power of prayer, and it brings most of all the Spirit of God, and is most easily practiced by everyone.

We shall be blessed if the Lord God finds us watchful and filled with the gifts of His Holy Spirit.

Then we may boldly hope to be caught up…in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thess 4:17) Who is coming with great power and glory (Mk 13:26) to judge the living and the dead (1 Pet 4:5) and to reward every man according to his works (Mt 16:27).

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