Orthodox Thought for the Day


Monday, December 17, 2012

Thoughts on prayer from Elder Porphyrios, part 3

Pray for those who make accusations against you.  Say, 'Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me,' not ' have mercy on him,' and your accuser will be embraced in this prayer.  Does someone say something to you that upsets you?  God knows it.  What you have to do is open your arms and say, 'Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me,' and make your accuser one with yourself.  And God knows what is torturing your accuser deep inside him and, seeing your love, he hastens to help.  He searches the desires of hearts.  What is it that St. Paul says in his Epistle to the Romans?  He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because in accord with God He makes intercession for the saints. (Rom 8:27)

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