Pray. Prayer. How to pray and read prayers.
There are moments in life when you want to pray, but you do not know how to do it. Sometimes you say your prayers, and the things you ask for don’t come. So what is prayer? What to do? What kind of tool is this? How to pray?
In the ordinary sense, prayer is often considered either a kind of mystical conspiracy or a way to beg God for something necessary in earthly life. Both understandings are fundamentally wrong.
Let’s introduce a couple of definitions:
— Man. In this article, the concept of a person, we take some average man in the street. This man has his daily routine, his problems and his desires. Also let’s say that this person lives his life to satisfy his requests and desires.
— God. In this article, the concept of God take something that has unlimited possibilities and can affect our lives both energetically and quite materially.
— Prayer. Usually the average person understands prayer as a connection with God. Some such channel through which you say problems and desires to God.
The purpose of Orthodox prayer is to establish a spiritual connection with God, to feel him in your heart. You all understand that praying is a conversation with God. What is the main thing in this conversation? The main thing is to know and remember that God is not looking at us from heaven, but from within us. Therefore, we will never hide from God, and he always knows what is good for us and what is not.
Can I pray in my own words or is it better to pray in prayer?
Just read the words of prayer for memory or prayer, stand before an icon at home or in the temple, put bows – it’s not a prayer. The main thing in prayer is to understand what you are doing and why. And, of course, praying without feelings is not a prayer. The words themselves are not the deciding factor, it’s not magical incantations or spells.
Sometimes the reading of prayers according to the prayer book becomes so incomprehensible that rassredotochit person. But please note that prayers in the prayer book is also not just invented. In these texts there is a special grace (power, energy), with which a person receives vital energy. But when you read the prayer book, you will notice how difficult it is to focus on their meaning. You will catch yourself thinking that the eyes run on the lines, and the thoughts are quite different. Don’t think You’re scattered. The first Christians knew about this problem.
The basis of the prayer that God hears is the pure and open heart of man, directed to him. This means that when you read prayers either from yourself or through a prayer – accept that God is stronger and more important than you.
If you read the morning prayers in the prayer book quickly, it will take about twenty minutes. But if you read them thoughtfully, carefully, responding to every word with your heart, reading can take an hour. Therefore, if you do not have time, do not try to read all the morning prayers, it is better to read one or two, but so that each word reaches your heart.
No need to try to subtract all prayers. Rather, devote twenty minutes to one prayer,” our father, » repeating it several times, pondering each word.
For example the lines from the prayer «our father»: «Lord, thy will be done,» which means that we must always be ready to do the will of God, even if that will is contrary to our human will. “And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” — we thereby commit ourselves to forgive people, to leave them their debts. If we do not leave debts to our debtors, then, according to the logic of this prayer, and God will not leave us our debts.
What prayers are better to learn from the prayer book to pray every day?
Of course, the morning and evening rule is difficult to learn by heart. But there is a rule of all very deeply revered Seraphim of Sarov. Here is the prayer rule of Seraphim of Sarov, which is easy to learn by heart: «our father» (three times), » virgin, rejoice «(three times), «Symbol of faith» (1 time)
These prayers are known to almost every person who regularly attends Church. From myself I will tell that if it is difficult to Wake up in the morning, then it is possible waking up to read about these prayers – and then there will be energy to rise and begin day.
To pray correctly – how is it?
We should pray with our hearts and minds, not say the words of prayer as a mantra. During prayer, be focused on who you are communicating with – God. You give God your time, your energy of words, and your FAITH. And God knows when and what you should be given.
Your prayer should be so sincere and emotional that tears should come. This is «tearfully begging.» Despite this, do not demand anything from God. Imagine that you are God. Suitable to you little man and starts require you a cool car BMW X-6 and yell at you that’s pet hamster died. Remember the main thing, if you pray-then you are alive. So everything is fixable. People were passing by and the war, and the death of loved ones and disease and poverty. And many at the end of life said that God was right or even went to the monastery. Know that God makes your life according to your will, but it is more useful than you think. Well, you would have gotten a BMW x-6 in your prayer, but if he was playing on it with speeding and so maybe they’d hit on her. So God is better to know what you want and what you don’t.
This is no reason to despair. This is an occasion to live, act and grow. Believe. You will not be asked if you pray apart from faith in God. The primary thing in prayer should be the belief that God exists and he will help. Let His will into your life, allow yourself to accept God’s help. Believe in it sincerely as part of your life. The relationship with God must begin and develop in mutual freedom. If we are fair and look at this relationship as mutual, then God has much more reason to be sad at us than we have reason to complain about him.
Before you pray, imagine that someone always comes to you and says «Give». God needs to be friendship, kinship, and not dependent. At least be thankful first of the good that you have and the evil that God has kept you from.
Pray. Basis and conditions of prayer from the Scriptures.
(references to paragraphs of Scripture will not be provided. You can Google them at any time to clarify the information)
- God himself commands us to call Upon him even when, because of our character, condition, or sinfulness, we find it impossible to address him. This corresponds to the commandment of the Lord, His promise to listen to sincere Prayer. The many biblical examples and testimonies of the Church over the centuries confirm that God keeps his promise and hears his Prayers.
- The Bible specifies the conditions under which a person’s prayer can be heard and fulfilled by God. But these conditions do not imply automatism in the performance of Prayer. That is, here it is necessary to do not «the correct conduct of the rite», but the correct attitude to prayer and the correct attitude to God.
- As can be seen from the initial words of the prayer «our father», expect that his Prayers will be heard, can only one who has adopted the faith of the spirit and thus recognized God as his Father. Jesus Christ is the intercessor for such a person before the Father. Such a person will find everything he asked for in the name of Jesus, that is, according to his will. The prayers of the humble (who gratefully accepts what he has now), who seeks God (who believes in God and lives right with him) will also be Heard.
- Jesus calls to pray in his name, Jesus. At the same time, it means a Prayer in which he, remembering the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, intercedes before God for the dying world (the world perishes in passions and consumption, in despondency and apathy, in search of pleasure), independently choosing the right words for this, and awakens God’s mercy. The purpose of this Prayer is not only to obtain from God the fulfillment of our desires. It is in Prayer that our will can and must be combined with the will of God (man accepts that all that he does not do is the best of what could be done to him according to his desires and behavior).
- The prayer of a person who relies on God’s Providence requires faith. This Prayer will be heard.
Faith requires obedience, and therefore Prayer is also a manifestation of obedience, a spiritual action based on the word of the Bible.
Faith is not the fruit of devout consciousness. According to the old Testament, to believe means to «strengthen» in God, that is, to seek his guidance in his life. Jesus does not deny the answer to Prayer and hesitating in faith.
- The sincerity of our Prayers and faith in promises are often tested by God. Therefore, Jesus advises to call upon the Father constantly, again and again turning to him, until the Prayer is heard. Your Board supports It with the parable of the persistent friend and the persistent widow. Here is indicated the power and mercy of God, that is, what distinguishes him from man.
IMPORTANT ! Prayer is subject to the General rule that we are not entitled to call God to serve us.
The one who prays calls to God,»thy will Be done.» A person’s faith should not be shaken if God does not answer his Prayer in the way he expected. The basis of Prayer is humility, which will not allow us to doubt God even when he, who wants only good, one day, as it may seem to us, will not hear our prayer (or hear, but will answer not as we expect). We are promised that the Lord hears all our Prayers, and that the Father in heaven «will give good to those who ask him.»
How to pray according to the Oriental ceremonial. Poses, time and places to pray.
How did the ancients pray?
In ancient times Christians of the internal state of the worshipers and his relationship to God is outwardly expressed in certain prayer postures. According to the Eastern court ceremonial, the subject fell before his master on the ground face down. He lay before the king flatly until he lifted him up or ordered him up. This position is mentioned in the Bible as a prayer posture (NAV 7: 10). The Greeks called such a position, Proskurin. Often the prayer was Said standing, which could be an expression of sincerity, while hands with open palms stretched to the sky. Praying, man raised his hands up, as if to accept God’s gifts. The publican, on the contrary, being aware of his sins before God, struck himself in the chest. Folded hands during prayer began only in the middle ages. Initially, it expressed a vow of loyalty and obedience.
The position of the body during our prayer. Is it right to pray on your knees?
Important! As a sign of humility and admiration for the Eastern rulers fell to their knees. When Praying, kneeling also expresses the humility of the worshiper. But again, praying on your knees, for example, is not a ritual. That’s how much we think we’re weaker, and God is stronger than us. Are we ready to kneel in the Church not because «it is necessary», but because we understand the greatness of God and our weaknesses.
Why is it important for the body to participate in prayer? Why can’t you just pray in the spirit while you’re lying in bed, sitting in a chair? In principle, you can pray and lying and sitting: in special cases, with illness, for example, or traveling, we do so. But in ordinary circumstances, it is necessary to use during prayer the positions of the body that have been preserved in the tradition of the Orthodox Church. The fact is that the body and spirit in man are inextricably linked, and the spirit can not be completely Autonomous from the body. It is no accident that the ancient Fathers said: “If the body did not work in prayer, the prayer will remain fruitless.”
Where to pray? Is it necessary to pray in the temple?
There were special places for prayer. It could be the roof room of the house as well as the » room is probably a small room on a flat roof. The sanctuary (temple), was not only a place of worship, here believers often came — to pray alone. Outside the temple, people prayed with their faces turned toward the sanctuary and outside the country toward Israel.
Important! After the coming of the Messiah (Jesus Christ), the spiritual state of the worshipper rather than the place where to pray became important.
Do I need an icon to pray?
It is very important that the icon does not replace the object of prayer, so that we do not turn to the icon in prayer and do not try to imagine who is depicted on the icon. The icon is only a reminder, just a symbol of the reality behind it. As the Fathers of the Church said “ » the honor given to the image goes back to the first form.” When we approach the icon of the Savior or the Mother of God and kiss it, we Express our love for the Savior or the Mother of God.
How to pray. Form of prayer. Types and content of prayers.
Let me repeat that the effectiveness of prayer does not depend on its frequency, but on the sincerity and mental state of the worshipper. The Bible includes praise, thanksgiving, supplication, and prayer
- Songs of praise (Psalms). Thus you praise the works of God in our lives and recognize his righteousness. The angels also call upon the Lord and praise him with all the heavenly host.
- Pray to thank God. If the glory of God exalts greatness, then thanksgiving is a prayer praising God’s love. Almost all of the Epistles of the Apostle Paul begin with thanksgiving. Paul calls on the Church to constantly offer thanks to God and»stay awake in prayer.» When the day comes to an end and you’re getting ready for bed, remember the day that’s passed, thank God for all the good things that’s happened.
- Forgiveness is based on the dependence of the child from the Father, the creation from the Creator. Therefore, man asks God not only to satisfy his spiritual needs, but also to do material things. So, in prayer. «Our father» is the basic request for bread. But first of all, a person should pray for the coming of the Kingdom of God and for the fulfillment of the will of the Lord on earth. Those who pray about this, promised that and everything else «shall be added unto» them (Matt 6:33).
The person first of all asks about:
— forgiveness of sins
— strengthening the faith
— getting rid of temptation
— the highest pattern of prayer is to pray to Jesus for enemies. Enemies, this is also Your life. Correcting your life-you will remove enemies from it.
«we must pray for our fellowmen not because God does not know how to save them, but because he wants us to participate in each other’s salvation.
- Silent. We fully recognize the state of the act of God in our lives.
People often ask: why do we need to pray, ask God for something, if God already knows what we need?
Important! We do not pray to God for something to ask. Yes, in some cases, we ask him for specific help in certain everyday circumstances. But the main content of prayer should not be this. God cannot be just a «helper» in our earthly Affairs. You need to pray to be with God, to get in touch with God, to feel the Presence of God.
To whom do we pray? Should we pray to God or Jesus Christ or something?
In the old Testament prayers are addressed to God. Jesus also prays To the Father, the Lord in heaven. Jesus himself was still in his life, when he performed miracles, and after his resurrection they began to give divine honors and turn Prayers to him. The words of Jesus, «No one comes to the Father but through Me,» extend to prayer. In the New Testament, most Prayers go to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ.
And remember, » God is blessed in his saints!» Praying to the Saint, you again pray to God.
Praying and believing is the key to effective prayer.
The Lord has given us various opportunities to reach out to Him and receive what we want from him. He doesn’t look at you from the outside, but from the inside. He doesn’t remember your past sins. (The devil does it, but not Jesus.)
Have mercy on me, Lord – selfish prayer. You should be able to correct and pray for others, not recruit yourself. When you ask Jesus something selfishly (if you only think of yourself when you pray), he won’t give you that.
Sometimes our God is a religion and a Church, not Jesus himself. You can work for Jesus 15 hours a day, but if you don’t spend at least 15 or 20 minutes in personal worship of him, you’re fooling yourself.
… love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.
every time-your faith fluctuates and it limits the power of God! Keeping the thought of receiving, do not give to God, because we hope for ourselves and do not believe God.
If you spend time worshipping the Lord through faith, the devil can’t destroy your child. There will be no way for the devil to destroy any of your children if you follow the Lord and listen to his instructions. God will do anything for them if they’ll let him.
Have the faith of God, for truly I say to you, if anyone says to this mountain: rise and plunge into the sea. and he will not doubt in his heart, but will believe that he will come to his words, he will say whatever he says.
How to pray correctly, what is prayer?
The concept of «right» is a human concept. You can’t say that it’s right to pray, you can’t explain how to love a son. We know how to educate him, but love is something that does not fit into the descriptions and recipes.
- PRAYER-the Gods are either powerless or powerful. If they are powerless, why do you pray to them? If they have power, then is not it better to pray about how to not be afraid of anything, not to do anything, not to upset anything, than about the availability or the absence of something?… Summary encyclopedia of aphorisms. The Holy fathers often write that when you turn to the Lord, it is best not to ask anything at all, but simply to stand before him and repent of your sins. First of all, from the disagreement of his will With a more correct and ideal will of God.
In the gospel we see the image of the publican who saved his soul, whose prayer was extremely brief: «God, be merciful to me, a sinner.» If a person could utter the most brief prayer «Lord, have mercy» completely from his heart, he would have already been heard by God.
The task of every rule of prayer is to inspire to prayer twist, to bring to prayer. A large number of prayers are given in order to prevent addiction and dulling of the mind. Orthodox prayer is a clever prayer. Our attention, when we pray, often dissipates, and when we say the memorized text, we can even wander » beyond the seas and mountains.” A reasonable number of prayers helps to focus attention on their meaning – smart doing. Smart doing is a meaningful prayer that connects the mind and heart.
Prayer is not a spell or mantra, but a communion with God. Like religion, it is not magic, but living life.
«He who loves the Lord always remembers him, and the memory of God gives birth to prayer. If you do not remember the Lord, then you will not pray, and without prayer the soul will not abide in the love of God, for through prayer comes the grace of the Holy spirit» (St. Siluan of Athos). What is Grace? Roughly speaking, it is when in your life circumstances so that you get all aimed good deeds.
«God long allows the enemy to tempt and crush us during prayer to make it more sincere and stronger, and finally gives us grace — to pray in peace, undetectable.» (holy. Righteous John Of Kronstadt)
Often people in their minds create an idol and pray to this idol. This dead, artificially created idol becomes an obstacle, a barrier between the Living God and us, people.
When and how long should you pray?
The Apostle Paul says: «pray without Ceasing» (1 thes. 5: 17). St. Gregory the Theologian writes:”we should Remember God more often than breathe.» Remember that you cannot divide your time into «God sees» and God does not see. And if God «sees» us always, then it is necessary to recognize his presence in the form of prayer always.
Throughout the day, try to remember God more often.
If you feel bad, turn to him with a prayer:”Lord, I feel bad, help me.»
If you feel good, tell God, » Lord, thank you, thank you for this joy.”
If you’re worried about someone, tell God, » Lord, I’m worried about him, I’m hurt for him, help him.”
And so throughout the day, whatever happens to you, turn it into prayer.
Prayer should be very simple. The monk Isaac the Syrian said: «All the fabric of your prayer may be laconic. One word of the publican saved him, and one word of the robber on the cross made him heir to the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Remember the parable of the Pharisee and the publican: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself: “God! Thank You that I am not like other people, robbers, abusers, adulterers, or like this publican; I fast twice a week, give a tenth of everything I get.”And the publican, standing afar off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, “God! be merciful to me, a sinner!» And this brief prayer saved him.
Let us also remember the robber who was crucified with Jesus and who said to him: “Remember me, Lord, when you come into Your Kingdom.” That alone was enough for him to go to heaven.
Absent-minded prayer has no meaning or value.
Often people justify their unwillingness to pray by being too busy and overloaded with work. Now, prayer should not depend on our mood. Prayer is work. The monk Siluan of Athos said, » to Pray is to shed blood”. As in any work, it takes a great effort on the part of a person, sometimes, to force himself to do it when he does not want to pray. And such a feat will pay off a hundred times. This is the struggle with carnal desires that lead to dullness and despondency.
Theophanes the recluse advised prayer rule to calculate not the number of prayers, and the time that we are ready to devote to God. For example, we can make it a rule to pray in the morning and in the evening for half an hour, but these half an hour should be completely given to God. And it is not so important whether we read all the prayers during these minutes, or only one, or maybe one evening we will completely devote to reading the Psalter, the gospel or prayer in our own words.
The main thing is that we are focused on God, so that our attention does not slip away and that every word reaches our heart.
Think of a person who in the morning sleeps for a long time, and then quickly washes his face, dresses up, and running out from the house, hastily throwing his wife: «good-bye!»After a busy day, he is late at work, terribly tired, comes home. Half asleep says to his wife: «see you tomorrow, my treasure,» and falls into bed. Such a life will certainly end with a family drama. It can be compared to the attitude of many Christians to God. It is easy to guess that in the future they will face tragedy.
Сила молитвы в том, чтобы вы максимально увеличивали своё веру в Бога. Молясь самое главное — веруйте. Верьте в Бога как в Отца.
«And I will be your father, and you will Be my sons and daughters,» says the Lord Almighty (2 Cor. 6, 18).»And we always, at any time, as to our own father or mother, can turn to God, to our heavenly Father, and to the mistress of our Mother of God. Our conversion is prayer.
Parable about faith
At the court of Alexander the Great lived a famous philosopher. He almost never had any money. And one day he decided to ask for help from the king. Alexander warmly received him, listened and gave the order to the Keeper of treasures to give the philosopher as much money as he requires. The Treasurer was surprised when he found out the amount requested. He did not dare to pay it without first talking to the king and knowing his will. Alexander, having heard, what money asks the philosopher, right there ordered to the Treasurer: «Immediately pay to it. The philosopher gave me the greatest honor. The huge amount he asks for speaks to how rich and generous he thinks I am.»
Believe. There are many things that prevent us from praying, but the worst thing is that we fear, doubt, and cannot believe that God is ready to open the Windows of heaven and pour out abundant blessings on us.
The main thing in prayer is to increase and strengthen your faith. But in faith, and you will be. You need to pray to strengthen your faith. To build a life not on my «wishlist» and start to recognize in your life the will of God.
As a conclusion, we will analyze several situations and phrases:
Why do we often pray and do not get what we ask for? Ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, to consume it upon your lusts. That is, ask for the sake of consumption, not for the sake of development. God always has our new man in the first place, and what promotes his growth, it will be.
Is there an algorithm for how to pray?
- decide what you want from God;
2. ask God what you want;
3. believe what you get;
4. cast doubt on;
5. praise God.
Therefore, it is written that if someone «does not doubt his heart, but believes that it will come true according to him — he will say whatever he says. Therefore I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them» (MK.11: 23,24). Here we need to have faith in the heart and talk about it, rejecting all outsiders. You prayed based on the promises of God. So start seeing yourself as owning what you have asked of God.
Here, as in the parable:
One day the villagers decided to pray for the rain. On the day of the planned prayer all the people gathered together, but only one boy took an umbrella. It’s a FAITH. Believe and pray. Just in case, take a larger purse, even if it is already ready to move the truck to a new beautiful house, well, buy a keychain for a new Lexus. Why else would you even pray?
«Believe that ye receive them, and you shall have them» (MK. 11: 24).
If you believe you get what you ask for, it’ll be you. It doesn’t say, «When you see it with your own eyes, you’ll get it.» First you have to believe!
About praise. If during the waiting period your heart is full of gratitude to God for what he has already done for you and for what he is doing now, then this state is very valuable. After all, God responds positively to this. It is best for you when the prayer of praise is natural as your own breath. Effective prayer always comes from the heart.
I’m part of God. I can command. Prayer is needed to feed with God in heaven. I can step on snakes and command them. Whatever is not from faith is sin» (ROM. 14: 23). So if you ask something in prayer and then don’t believe you’re going to get it, you’re hurting yourself by kind of giving up your words.
To receive an answer to your prayer, it is important for you to follow the Lord’s instructions: not to judge and forgive others, to walk in love. Do you know that your bodies are the temple of the Holy spirit living in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? You need to ask God for wisdom more than once. Then He will tell you what you need to ask him.
Keep in mind that only in the prayer of dedication you need to add the words: «If It is your will.» In other prayers, it is not! After all, when we pray with the prayer of initiation, we may make a mistake. But we say,» I want this, » expressing our desires. However, immediately added: «If it be Your will», – expressing willingness to obey the Lord. After that, you can ask God not only to show you the benefits of the spiritual inheritance you have received, but also to teach you how to use it.
But it is not enough for us to ask God for something and wait without doing anything. Before and after prayer, we must walk through life with dignity. To act correctly, to fulfill spiritual and natural laws. You have to take into account that there are financial laws, and you have to act on them. Just waiting for all the material issues of your life to be immediately resolved by the Lord after your request is not quite right.
Many Christians, wanting much, are often lazy. They do not want to strain and study the spiritual laws and laws governing the sphere of activity where they would like to have success. They usually say that God will take care of them. Then they calm down and do nothing or little for themselves, though they have needs. At the same time, they periodically Express dissatisfaction with the more successful than they are Christians. They do not understand that discontent blocks God’s channel and diminishes God’s blessings. This is due to the violation of these spiritual laws by Christians!
And they neglect the prayer of praise, which sometimes can only help them in this situation. This is due to the considerable obstacles that these Christians themselves have fenced. Unfortunately, they usually do not see it and rely on their strength, going through life. At the same time, they are sensitive to the successes of other Christians. They do not see that they are personally disturbed by ignoring the Lord’s instructions. For example, they blame other people or do not forgive them. They walk a little in love, preferring to look for one benefit.