Book Notes: Orthodox Prayer Life, pages 25-31

Orthodox Prayer LifeOrthodox Prayer Life:
The Interior Way
by Matthew the Poor

by Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press

On Monday, I shared quotations from Orthodox Prayer Life, pages 16-24

Here are some today from pages 25-31.

“We must also know that every secret converse,
every good care of the intellect
directed toward God
and every meditation upon spiritual things
is delimited by prayer,
is called by the name of prayer,
and under its name is comprehended…

I think we often tend to limit too much what prayer is.

In its true essence,
prayer is a communion with the heavenly host
in praising their Creator.
It will surely end up as such
when all things are put in subjection to God the Father…

When we delve deeply into the life of prayer,
we end up with the conviction that
it is an act of glorifying God,
a divine ministry of transcendent honor….

The foundation of prayer
is paying absolute honor to God’s will:
‘Thy Will be done,
on earth as It is in heaven.’
For this reason,
prayer inevitable demands that
man relinquish his own will:
‘Not my own will,
but Thine be done’ (Lk 22.42)…

Powerful passage connecting prayer and obedience!

Without prayer,
man loses the meaning of his existence
and the purpose of his creation.”


Have you read this book?
Any reflection on these quotes?

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