Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Unworthy Prayer Purified

In the Holy Scriptures we constantly see people praying. This is always done in a sense of unworthiness, from man to God. For example in 2 Chronicles (6:19) we read: ‘Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You.’ Therefore, we identify our unworthiness, but yet we have to pray, we feel the need to communicate with the Creator, allowing us to be part of His Kingdom and Communion. Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh explains:

“Sometimes we think that we are unworthy of praying and that we even have no right to pray. This is a temptation. Every drop of water, from wherever it comes, pool or ocean, is purified in the process of evaporation; and so is every prayer ascending to God.
The more dejected we feel, the greater the necessity for prayer. This is surely what John of Kronstadt felt one day when he was praying, watched by a devil who was muttering, ‘You hypocrite, how dare you pray with your filthy mind, full of the thoughts I read in it.’ He answered, ‘It is just because my mind is full of thoughts I dislike and fight that I am praying to God.’”[1]

[1] Anthony of Sourozh, Creative Prayer, 2004, p.53. 

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