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THOUGHTS ON PRAYER


 

 

 

 

WORDS OF PRAYER (KNOWLEDGE OF PRAYER)

 

Christ not only taught his disciples how to pray but even taught them the words to use to gain a hearing from God. 

 

He who does not pray cuts himself off from God.  And so, the first lesson for a Christian is the need to pray continually and not lose heart. Prayer brings us close to God; and when we are close to God we are far from the enemy.

 

Prayer safeguards chastity, controls anger, and restrains arrogance. It is the seal of virginity, the assurance of marital fidelity, the shield of travelers, the protection of sleepers, the encouragement of those who keep vigil, the cause of the farmer's good harvest and of the sailor's safety.

 

For us who should have prayed in the past and should pray for our future, how shall we be if we cannot even pray for our present? We fail to set aside a decent portion of the day to be spent with God.

 

If we realize the need for prayer, we should pray continuously, endlessly and throughout the whole of our lives.

 

St. Gregory of Nyssa

 

 

 

 

(07-03-03) 

 

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