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Topic of the Week – On Prayer for Others
“…You get upset when others are unwell, whereas what you should do is devote yourself to prayer so that what is desired comes about through the grace of God. With your own wisdom, you tell others what should be done, when that is not necessarily the best thing. The secret is to be found elsewhere, and not in what we say or suggest to others. The secret lies in our devotion, our prayer to God for what is best for our brethren to come about through the grace of God. That is the best. What we are unable to do will be done through His grace….”
Wounded by Love, Saint Porphyrios, p132
“A famous saying is ‘When your children are young speak to them about God. When your children grow up, speak to God about them.’ That’s a general rule.
So when they grow up, the words are going to be less and less and less effective for any change. Unless they are coming to you saying, teach me, tell me, enlighten me. Of course, then you’re going to respond and teach. If they have no interest and you undiscerningly speak, speak, speak, you’re going to make things worse.
You need to double down on prayer, double down on the whole ascetic life. It’s about quantity and quality of our prayer in our prayer corner.
And remember, the Lord says that’s where He sees and rewards. So if your petition is for the sake of the salvation of your children or brother and sister, the reward will be their salvation. You will see Him and pray to Him in private, and He will reward in public.
Turn to God, seek consolation in God, and speak far less than not….”
“When we or someone else are facing some problem, let us ask others for their prayers and let us all entreat God with faith and love. Be sure that God is pleased with these prayers and intervenes with miracles. This is something we haven’t understood properly. We say, ‘Say a prayer for me,’ but without realizing the power of common prayer.
Pray for others more than for yourself. Say, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me,’ and you will always have others in your mind. We are all children of the same Father; we are all one. And so, when we pray for others, we say, ‘Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me,’ and not, ‘have mercy on them.’ In this way we make them one with ourselves.
Prayer for others which is made gently and with deep love is selfless and has great spiritual benefit. It brings grace to the person who prays and also to the person for whom he is praying. When you have great love and this love moves you to prayer, then the waves of love are transmitted and affect the person for whom you are praying and you create around him a shield of protection and you influence him, you lead him towards what is good.
When He sees your efforts, God bestows his grace abundantly on both you and on the person you are praying for. But we must die to ourselves. Do you understand?”
Wounded by Love, Saint Porphyrios, pp131-132
Here is a pocket-sized commemoration book where you can write down the names of people you need to pray for so you don’t forget anyone! Pocket Commemoration Book — Exaltation Press
A Message from Maria Spanos
I am passionate about our Orthodox Christian faith and seek to help others learn as much as they can about it. My purpose here is to share online resources that help strengthen our relationship with Christ and bind us closer to His Church. I believe they are invaluable in learning about our precious Orthodox Tradition, and are a great aid for teaching family members, friends and others about Orthodoxy. ~Maria
Two of my favorite quotes:
“A true Christian behaves in this life so that it may be a preparation for the future one and not only a life here below. In his actions, he does not think what will be said of him here but of what will be said there in heaven; he represents to himself that he is always in the presence of God, of the angels and all the saints, and remembers that someday they will bear witness of his thoughts, words, and deeds.” — Saint John of Kronstadt
“Of all the holy works, the education of children is the most holy.”
— St. Theophan the Recluse