Prayer Quote of the Month: 19 Jan.-Dec. 2010


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Image: portion of illuminated manuscript page from "The Book of Kells."

January 2010 "You should, in Tertullianís phrase, with a holy conspiracy, besiege heaven."  -Thomas Manton

February 2010 "Every prayerless day is a statement by a helpless individual, "I do not need God today."  -Ben Jennings

March 2010 "Most men pray for power, the strength to do things. Few people pray for love, the quality to be someone." -Robert Foster 

April 2010 Prayer should not be regarded "as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty." -E.M. Bounds

May 2010 "You cannot learn to see just because someone tells you to do so.  You require your own natural power of sight.  In the same way, you cannot discover from the teachings of others the beauty of prayer.  Prayer has its own teacher in God, Who 'teaches us knowledge' (Psalm 93:10) and grants prayer to those who pray and blesses the years of the just." -John Climacus

June 2010 "I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go." -Abraham Lincoln

July 2010 "We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another." -William Law

December 2010 "Psalmody gives its rhythm to the life of the monk and each of the faithfull ought to practice it to some extent." -Olivier Clement ("Psalmody" refers to praying the Psalms daily.)

January 2011 "And therefore we have to be outside the hour of prayer what we want to be when we are praying.  For the mind at the time of its prayer is necessarily formed by what went on previously, and when it is praying it is either raised to the heavens or brought low to the earth by the thoughts on which it was dwelling before it prayed." -John Cassian (4th Century)

February 2011"When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles.  When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs.  When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy." -Corrie Ten Boom

March 2011 "Prayer and Theology are inseparable.  True Theology is the adoration offered by the intellect.  The intellect clarifies the moment of prayer, but only prayer can give it the fervor of the Spirit.  Theology is light, prayer is fire." -Olivier Clement

April 2011 "The one who truly prays is a theologian, and the true theologian is one who truly prays." -Monk Evagrius of Pontus (4th Century)

May 2011 "A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most perfect prayer." -Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

October 2011 "In this way is he (the true Christian) always pure for prayer.  He also prays in the society of angels...and though he pray alone, he has the choir of the saints standing with him (in prayer)." -Clement of Alexandria ("Miscellanies" 7:12 - A.D. 208)

November 2011 "You can set up an altar to God in your minds by means of prayer. And so it is fitting to pray at your trade, on a journey, standing at a counter or sitting at your handicraft."
John Chrysostom (347?-407) Monk; Patriarch of Constantinople

December 2011 "All our life is a celebration for us; we are convinced, in fact, that God is always everywhere. We sing while we work, we sing hymns while we sail, we pray while we carry out all life's other occupations."
-Clement of Alexandria (c.150-c.215)

July 2013 "All good is born in prayer, and all good springs from it." -C. H. Spurgeon

August 2013 "The end of every monk and the perfection of his heart direct him to constant and uninterrupted perseverance in prayer; and as much as human frailty allows, it strives after an unchanging and constant tranquility of mind and perpetual purity." -(Monk) Abba Isaac in (Monk) John Cassian's "The Conferences"

March 2014 "You should continually and unceasingly call to mind all the blessings that God in His love has bestowed on you in the past, and still bestows for the salvation of your soul.  You must not let forgetfulness of evil or laziness make you grow unmindful of these great blessings and so pass the rest of your life uselessly and ungratefully...In this way the heart meditates constantly on the words from the Psalms: 'What shall I give to the LORD for all His benefits toward me.' " (Psalm 116:12). -Mark the Ascetic


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