Orthodox Prayer Life:
The Interior Way
by Matthew the Poor
by Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press
Yesterday, I shared quotations from Orthodox Prayer Life, pages 14-15.
Here are some today from pages 16-24.
“Prayer has no purpose other than to glorify God…
we must therefore examine ourselves
whether the ultimate aim of our prayer
is the revelation of God’s glory alone…
prayer is God’s perpetual call within us
toward the fulfillment of the ultimate purpose
of our creation,
our union with God…
The eternal purpose of prayer
is man’s reacceptance
of the communion of God’s love,
once and forever.”
“Prayer begins on God’s part as a secret call to stand before Him.
We then carry it as a free response in our yearning to speak with Him.
Afterward, prayer assumes its divine purpose
as an act of repentance and purification.
It subsequently attains its ultimate goal
as a sacrifice of love and humility
that prepares us for fellowship with God…
Prayer is the condition in which we discover our own image,
on which the stamp of the Holy Trinity is impressed…
When we lose prayer,
we actually lose the glory of our image,
and we no longer resemble God in any way.”
I like these quotes putting prayer is the context of the broad picture!
PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THESE NOTES
Have you read this book?
Any reflection on these quotes?