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Title: praying for big things
Post by: RachelKH on November 27, 2010, 10:30:17 AM
We are not forbidden to wish for money, material well-being and whatever is necessary to maintain us in our position in life, but we must wish for these things in their proper order. If we want our desires in this respect to be met without fail we must first of all ask for the larger things, so that while granting them He may also add the smaller ones.
We can take an example from the case of Solomon. God gave him the choice of whatever he desired and he asked for wisdom, which was needful for him to carry out his kingly duties. He did not ask for riches or glory, judging that if God gave him such an opportunity he ought to make use of it to obtain the greatest advantage. His prudence gained for him both what he asked for and what he did not ask for. Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life or riches . . . behold I have done for thee according to thy words --I will willingly grant you wisdom because you have asked me for it, but I will give you long life, honor and riches as well because you did not ask for any of them -- Yea, and the things also which thou didst not ask, to wit, riches and glory.

by St. Claude de la Colombiere


Title: Re: praying for big things
Post by: RachelKH on November 27, 2010, 10:49:02 AM
When you pray to God in time of temptation do not say, 'Take this or that away from me', but pray like this:
'O Jesus Christ, sovereign Master, help me and do not let me sin against Thee. . .' (Abba Isaiah the Solitary)


Title: Re: praying for big things
Post by: Brigid on November 27, 2010, 02:40:18 PM
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behold I have done for thee according to thy words --I will willingly grant you wisdom because you have asked me for it, but I will give you long life, honor and riches as well because you did not ask for any of them


Just as any good parent would do with their child.


Title: Re: praying for big things
Post by: martin on November 27, 2010, 03:02:46 PM
We are not forbidden to wish for money, material well-being and whatever is necessary to maintain us in our position in life, but we must wish for these things in their proper order. If we want our desires in this respect to be met without fail we must first of all ask for the larger things, so that while granting them He may also add the smaller ones.
We can take an example from the case of Solomon. God gave him the choice of whatever he desired and he asked for wisdom, which was needful for him to carry out his kingly duties. He did not ask for riches or glory, judging that if God gave him such an opportunity he ought to make use of it to obtain the greatest advantage. His prudence gained for him both what he asked for and what he did not ask for. Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life or riches . . . behold I have done for thee according to thy words --I will willingly grant you wisdom because you have asked me for it, but I will give you long life, honor and riches as well because you did not ask for any of them -- Yea, and the things also which thou didst not ask, to wit, riches and glory.
by St. Claude de la Colombiere

That is consoling as I don't like to ask for material things when I know how much I'm lacking in the virtues. I always feel that I would be putting the cart before the horse so to speak.
But the Lord is so generous and I just trust that He will provide. And even if He don't, that too will be for the good of our souls.




Title: Re: praying for big things
Post by: Brigid on December 02, 2010, 06:57:23 PM
If you want God to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor. If you wish God to anticipate your wants, provide those of the needy without waiting for them to ask you. Especially anticipate the needs of those who are ashamed to beg. To make them ask for alms is to make them buy it.

St. Thomas of Villanova



Pray with great confidence, with confidence based upon the goodness and infinite generosity of God and upon the promises of Jesus Christ. God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray.

St. Louis de Montfort


Title: Re: praying for big things
Post by: martin on December 03, 2010, 05:34:33 PM
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If you want God to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor. If you wish God to anticipate your wants, provide those of the needy without waiting for them to ask you. Especially anticipate the needs of those who are ashamed to beg. To make them ask for alms is to make them buy it.

St. Thomas of Villanova

This is a wonderful quote. It truly is.