Thought of the day
3/30/2019 5:46:38 AM

On sobriety in prayer



Do not be over-sophisticated in the words you use when praying, because the simple and unadorned lisping of children has often won the heart of their heavenly Father. Do not attempt to talk much when you pray lest your mind be distracted in searching for words. One word of the publican propitiated God, and one cry of faith saved the thief. Loquacity in prayer often distracts the mind and leads to phantasy, whereas brevity- makes for concentration. If you feel sweetness or compunction at some word of your prayer, dwell on it; for then our guardian angel is praying with us. Ask with tears, seek with obedience, knock with patience. For thus the one who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to anyone who knocks it will be opened. Those who keep constant hold of the staff of prayer will not stumble. And even if they do, their fall will not be fatal. For prayer is a devout coercion of God.