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« on: September 04, 2018, 09:01:36 PM »

How does a person learn how to pray? There are numerous prayers.  cross prayer littleprayer cross prayer littleprayer
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2018, 05:19:43 AM »

Here is a splendid quote from a saint's letter to a nun on how she should pray.

'You ask to be taught how you ought to pray. The Lord himself taught us this through the invocation "Our Father", and that we should not ask for anything temporary, but for his kingdom and eternal justice. Moreover it has been ordained by the Fathers that first should come thanksgiving to God; next confession of our sins to him; and so a request for their forgiveness, and intercession for the other things that bring salvation.

So, when you are about to pray, give thanks to the Lord and Master that he brought you out of nothing into existence; that he redeemed you from every error, calling you and counting you worthy to become a partaker in the knowledge of himself, free from pagan, free from heretical error. Next that he prepared you for the monastic life, which equals that of the Angels, after the enjoyment of life in the world. The thought of all this is enough to soften the soul to compunction and the outpouring of tears. From all this comes enlightenment of heart, sweetness of spirit, desire for God. When this is present in the heart, there comes the rejection of every evil.

When you have thus given thanks to God, confess to him like this, "You know, Master, how many sins I have committed against you, and how many I commit each hour", as you reckon up this sin and this offence and the ones committed in knowledge and in ignorance. But do not recall in any detail the ones that by being clearly remembered harm the soul. [Cf. The Ladder 28,58] And from this the grace of humility will dawn for you, with a broken heart [Cf. Psalm 50,18] and fear of God's recompense. After this, ask, groan, implore your Lord for forgiveness of these sins and strengthening for the future to please him, saying, "My Lord, Lord, may I no longer anger you, may I no longer love anything but you, alone truly to be loved. And should I anger you again, falling down I implore your compassion, that I may be given strength from now on to please you."

And if anything else comes to your mind that is good to be accomplished, ask for it fervently. And after this call upon the holy Mother of God to have mercy on you, the holy Angels, and the Angel you have as the guardian of your life, that he may watch over you and protect you, the Forerunner and the holy Apostles, all the Saints and those whom you usually call on especially, and the one whose memory is kept that day.

These then are the things, it seems to me, which hold the power of prayer, even if each person doubtless prays with other words and not the same as these, because people who pray do not always say the same things themselves, but the power, as I reckon, is always the same. So may you be kept safe as you pray for what is necessary, and become better each day, and through a strict way of life present your entire self well-pleasing to the Lord.'

St. Theodore the Studite, 'Letter to the Nun Anna'
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2020, 11:33:20 PM »

The Holy Spirit teaches us to pray.
Furthermore, we pray with our intellect.
The Psalms teach us how to pray.
The Good Lord Jesus teaches us how to pray.
The Apostles teach how to pray.
The Saints teach us how to pray.

When you pray, let go of all doubt.
Firmly believe that God hears all prayers and has the will and the power to grant everything we ask.
Do not doubt when you pray or you will receive nothing.
Ask for what you know to be good.
Praise God, recollecting all His glorious deeds.
Thank God, remembering all His benefits.
Pray for others, the living, the dead, the faithful, the faithless.
Sing your prayers, pray silently, pray quietly, pray boldly, pray without care, pray without anxiety, pray without ceasing.
But most importantly, pray like your soul depends on it, pray like you stand at the gates of hell,
pray like you have no tomorrow, pray like there is no other opportunity, pray fervently, pray with tears,
 pray with sighs, pray with joy, pray with all your heart, all your mind and all your strength.
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2020, 03:37:38 PM »

For several years I've been quite fascinated by coincidences that occur to me to be, well, let's say amazing.  This could be one, because yesterday I resumed working on a book (one of many) that I would love to finish and publish, called Learning to Pray.  As a Catholic convert, after many years and neighborhoods and jobs and churches, I keep hoping I have learned some things that might benefit someone else if I could get them written.
I had not brought my drafts and notes for Learning to Pray to camp because I decided to work on another book, but almost as soon as we came home I felt drawn several times to restart this book, and finding this post today is a great motivator.  I will follow this thread closely and am very grateful for it.
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2020, 04:25:08 PM »

I am also working on a book, right now I am in the drafting stage and have stalled for months because of Covid-19.

But I suppose I should continue with the topic at hand: Learning how to pray.
Prayer is a form of speech, it is a form of speech reserved for the most heartfelt of moments. Prayer is a manifestation of love; prayer is a gift from God; to pray is acknowledge our dependence on God; to pray is to recognize that we are just creatures and that we have a Creator who is Benevolent and full of lovingkindness. When Peter fell into the sea he cried out in prayer "Lord, save me." in Greek "Kurios sozo me" in Latin "Domine, salvum me fac." and the Good Lord Jesus did just as Peter had asked. When the Apostles were struggling to grasp the mercy of the Merciful Lord Jesus they said full of desire "Lord, Increase our faith." in Greek "Kurios prostithemi pistis" in Latin "Domino Adauge nobis fidem." and the Lord Jesus caused the seed of faith to be implanted in them. God very often answers our prayers immediately, and He only delays in answering them for our benefit. Never think that God withholds answering your prayers in order to spite you or punish you. The Apostle James says that "the prayer of faith will save". Jesus says "ask and you shall receive that your joy may be full." Christ Jesus is our Joy and our Peace. If you are ever in doubt, remember what the Lord Jesus said, " the publican, stood far off, would not so much as lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God be merciful to me a sinner.'" And it was this prayer that our Lord Jesus Christ said allowed the publican to leave "justified" or "innocent". For God had forgiven his sin and the prayer of the publican was answered. Never doubt, God is good all the time. Firmly believe, nothing can separate us from the love of God. Pray without ceasing, with fixed prayers and with spontaneous prayer, spoken outloud and mentally uttered in silence, with the voice and utterance and with the lips silently. For angels report our deeds and actions to God every hour according to the rule of Saint Benedict. Whenever you pray the Our Father, know that Jesus prays with you, and have no anxiety for peace comes from God, but be filled with love because you are loved by the God you speak to. You are loved by the Most High, the Ruler of the Universe loves you and desires your purification and repentance. The One who holds all things in His hands desires to make you holy and to be united to you forever. But this seems to be enough for today. Pray for me, brothers and sisters. For I am a sinful man, I am not worthy to attain heaven but I trust in the Lord God Almighty and His great love for mankind and His infinite mercy.
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2020, 01:23:48 AM »

And now a word about prayer: prayer should be short, except when it is inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is enough to say Benedictus Dominus Deus! Or Blessed be God! Jesus I love you, make me the temple of Thy Spirit! Father, help me to be truly Thy son! Holy Virgin, Mary, purest and fairest creature, pray for me who am so miserable! God free me from the bondage of sin!
The point is to lift the mind to the realm of heavenly possibilities! When we are baptized into the baptism of Christ, we are baptized into the infinite possibilities of God! With Him all things are possible! We can move mountains, tame lions, overcome any obstacle, scale the highest wall, defeat the greatest of strongholds, all by the power of Almighty God and holy prayer! There is the pray of purification. There is the prayer of illumination. There is the prayer of unification. There is the prayer inspired by our life. There is the prayer that is inspired by the saints. There is the prayer inspired by the angels. There is the prayer inspired by the prophets. There is the prayer inspired by the Apostles. There is the prayer, given for our salvation, which is the Lord's Prayer. O Holy of holies! The Lord's Prayer is great and mighty, rich in graces, abundant in blessings, all sufficient in graces! If you could learn the truth of the Lord's Prayer it is the only prayer you would need to say. So let me give you some pious insight. The Lord Himself, prays with us, this very prayer, so that we never pray The Lord's Prayer alone. The Lord prays with us! Consider this, you are united in prayer with the King of the Universe! If I could die of love it would be sufficient to express this point! God prays with you! Not only that, but you are united to all Christians, by the commonality of the prayer, you are united to all the saints, you are united to all those Christians who came before you in the faith, they professed the same Creed, the same Lord's Prayer and you can expect the same reward provided that you follow in their imitation of our Lord. Our Lord prayed always, He would go to be alone, leaving the disciples so that He could pray in secret. The Lord Himself desires secrecy, He desires not to be bothered with the continual task of pedagogy and was desirous of the intimate unity of the Holy Trinity. For Jesus always prayed in the Holy Spirit to the Father. This is our model. To imitate Christ our Saviour. To desire with all heavenly longing to truly commune with the Father. It is always important to ask God for faith. God will supply you with all the faith that you need, provided that you ask for it. This is called the Apostles' Prayer. Lord increase our faith. Or Lord I want to believe, heal my unbelief! Pray for faith that you might pray better. Then ask God to help you to pray. For Paul says we know not how to pray as we aught. We must admit this. For God gives grace to the humble. Admit your inability to pray as you aught and God shall bless you with pious sentiments and holy prayers. For the best prayers are those infused into us by the Holy Spirit which we can be certain God hears and is pleased that we cooperated by accepting His grace. Prayers of repentance are of the utmost importance. Odds are you are familiar with the act of contrition. However, most salutary is the perfect act of contrition that flows from the desire to repent out of love and not of fear. This is a most blessed prayer that flows from the heart and reaches God as a fragrance of pure incense.
For example, My God, I am sorry for having done wrong and chosen my own will over Thy perfect will. Please forgive me my sins and perfect in me Thy perfect love that by Thy grace I may avoid sin, do what is right and always be found pleasing to you. Amen
There is no "formula" for an act of perfect contrition so it is important to pray that God will grant you the grace of contrition and most importantly the gift of tears which the saints believed was of the utmost importance. By tears our sins are washed away.
My God I love you, increase in me my sorrow for my sins, grant me the gift of tears that I may love Thee more and more with every beat of my heart. Amen
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CRUX SANCTI PATRIS BENEDICTI
CRUX SACRA SIT MIHI LUX!
NON DRACO SIT MIHI DUX!
VADE RETRO SATANA!
NUMQUAM SUADE MIHI VANA!
SUNT MALA QUAE LIBAS
IPSE VENENA BIBAS!
All Glory Be To God!
All Praise Be To God!
For God Is Greater Than All Things!
Alleluia!
Alleluia!
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