Thursday, December 10, 2015

Meaningful Prayer

Praying is one thing. Praying correctly and with meaning is another. How should we pray? What is the formula? Many say, I pray but I don’t get any response. However, what response are we waiting for? And how do we know that what we ask for is truly what we want and need at a given time? We need to endeavour to achieve a meaningful prayer, as Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh explains:

‘Unless the prayer which you intend to offer to God is important and meaningful to you first, you will not be able to present it to the Lord. If you are inattentive to the words you pronounce, if your heart does not respond to them, or if your life is not turned in the same direction as your prayer, it will not reach out Godwards.
So the first thing is to choose a prayer which you can say with all your mind, with all your heart and with all your will -  a prayer which does not necessarily have to be a great example of liturgical art, but which must be true, something which should not fall short of what you want to express. You must understand this prayer, with all the richness and precision it possesses.
You must also put all the heart you can into an act of worship, an act of recognition of God, an act of cherishing, which is the true meaning of charity, an action which involves you in the mind, in the heart, and an action which is completely adequate to what you are.’[1]

[1] Anthony of Sourozh, Creative Prayer, 2004, p.41. 

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