Orthodox Thought for the Day


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Thoughts on prayer from Elder Porphyrios, part 1

When we or someone else are facing some problem, let us ask others for their prayers and let us all entreat God with faith and love.  Be sure that God is pleased with these prayers and intervenes with miracles.  This is something we haven't understood properly. We say, 'Say a prayer for me,' but without realizing the power of common prayer.

Pray for others more than for yourself. Say, 'Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me,' and you will always have others in your mind.  We are all children of the same Father; we are all one.  And so, when we pray for others, we say, 'Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me,' and not, 'have mercy on them.'  In this way we make them one with ourselves.

Prayer for others which is made gently and with deep love is selfless and has great spiritual benefit.  It brings grace to the person who prays and also to the person for whom he is praying.  When you have great love and this love moves you to prayer, then the waves of love are transmitted and affect the person for whom you are praying and you create around him a shield of protection and you influence him, you lead him towards what is good.  When He sees your efforts, God bestows His grace abundantly on both you and on the person you are praying for.  But we must die to ourselves.  Do you understand?

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