Clerical Articles

Advice for prayer from saint Porphyrios

  • May 10, 2017

Let us do not compel God with our prayers. Let us do not ask from God to free us of something, a sickness etc or to solve us our problems, but let us ask from Him power and strength to endure.

Let us ask with the same nobleness what we want just as he knocks at the door of our heart and if the Lord does not answer we should stop asking it. When God does not give us what we ask Him insistently it means He has His own reasons to do it.

God has His own secrets. As long as we trust in His good care, as long as we believe that He knows all the aspects of our life and He always wants our good, why shouldn’t we trust Him?

Let us pray simply and quietly without stress and constraint. We know that the past, the present and the future are known, empty and unhidden before God, as apostle Paul says: Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.(Hebrews 4,13) We should not insist, because excessive insistence does harm not good. We should not insist to get what we want, nut leave it to the will of God. Because the more we insist, the further moves away what we ask.

Therefore patience, faith and peace are required. And if we forgot, God never forgets and if it is for our good, He shall give us what we need when we need it.

Let us ask in our prayer only the salvation of our soul.

The Lord didn’t He say: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.(Matthew 6, 33). For Christ is so easy, absolutely easy to give us what we want. But here it is the secret. The secret it is that you should not have in your mind the slightest intention of asking for a concrete thing. The secret is to ask your own unification with Christ detachedly, without saying: Give me this, give me that…It is enough to say: Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me.

There is no need to inform God about certain needs of ours. He knows these better than ourselves and He gives us His love. The problem is to communicate with this love by prayer and by the observance of His commandments. Let us ask to be accomplished the will of God. This is the most beneficial, the safest thing for us and for those we pray for. Christ shall give us it all plentifully. But if there is even the slightest trace of selfishness, nothing can be done.