Battle With Prayer

Battle With Satan

We are in battle here every day, every hour, and every minute. We are under attack ever moment.

Satan does not like those who pray because he knows that our prayers have far more strength and power than he does. He only has what we give him. But he does not let up on his attack. 

We must still the emotions and passions of this world and descend into our hearts and meet Satan In battle. 

This is true spiritual warfare. Monastics pray for their salvation, your salvation and the salvation of the world.     

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner

HEAVENLY FATHER, ANSWER US WHO ARE CALLING UPON YOU! For we have no other father who can help us. By Your will, You created us from emptiness. Now that we have been created, Your anger may not destroy us. Lord, teach us to abide by Your commandments. By our righteous deeds may You be pleased in us. Lord, by Your grace have mercy on us... Barekhmor. We repent that we have distanced ourselves from You by our deeds and sins. We desire to confess but our false pride does not allow us. We are eager to teach others but do not learn ourselves. Though we have quenched the thirst of others, we are still thirsty. Give us a drink from the streams that flowed from you.  

GOD, OUR LORD, WE CALL UPON YOU! Come for our help. Accept our supplications and have mercy on our souls. Lord, we desire not to be aloof from Your communion. Though our sins have driven us out, may Your loving-kindness grant us admittance. The sins have deceived us and wounded us without compassion. O great physician heal our painful wounds. The evil one has trapped us in the snares that he laid for us. O Lord, break the snares and save us from danger. O Good Shepherd search for the sheep that has gone astray; do not let its life be in the hand of the evil one who is searching for it. Christ, our God who has power to send us to heaven or hell, have compassion on us and save us from hell.  

GOD, OUR LORD, WE CALL UPON YOU! Come for our help. Accept our supplications and have mercy on our souls. Lord, we desire not to be aloof from Your communion. Though our sins have driven us out, may Your loving-kindness grant us admittance. The sins have deceived us and wounded us without compassion. O great physician heal our painful wounds. The evil one has trapped us in the snares that he laid for us. O Lord, break the snares and save us from danger. O Good Shepherd search for the sheep that has gone astray; do not let its life be in the hand of the evil one who is searching for it. Christ, our God who has power to send us to heaven or hell, have compassion on us and save us from hell.    

What are the Main Requirements for “True Prayer?

According to St. Isaac the Syrian, What are the Main Requirements for “True Prayer? 

First, one should pray with attention and without distraction: external activity should not draw one's attention from prayer. 

Secondly, one should pray with humility. The prayer of a humble person goes directly from his mouth to God's ear. When you fall down before God in prayer, become in your thought like an ant, like a creeping thing of the earth, like a leech, and like a tiny lisping child. Do not say anything before him with knowledge, but with a child's manner of thought, draw near God and walk before him, that you may be counted worthy of that paternal providence that fathers have for their small children. 

Thirdly, one should pray with deep affection and tears. The sense of the heart's affliction, accompanied by bodily labor that is prostrations-should become an integral part of prayer: 'Reckon every prayer wherein the body does not toil and the heart is not afflicted to be a miscarriage, for this prayer has no soul'. At the same time, as St. Isaac quotes Evagrius, 'prayer is joy that sends up thanksgiving'. The paradoxical combination of affliction of the heart and the spiritual joy of thanksgiving becomes a source of tears, which accompany prayer, especially at its highest stages. 'The fullness of prayer is the gift of tears', Isaac says. Tears during prayer is a sign that the soul has been deemed worthy of God's mercy in her repentance, and that her repentance has been accepted, and through her tears the soul has begun to enter into the plain of limpid purity. 

Fourthly, one should pray with a patience and an ardor that are connected with the love of God: Love is a fruit of prayer that, by prayer's contemplation, draws the intellect insatiably toward that for which it longs when the intellect patiently perseveres in prayer without wearying, whether it prays in a visible way, employing the body, or with the mind's silent reflections, diligently and with ardor. Prayer is the mortification of the will's motions pertaining to the life of the flesh. For a man who prays correctly is the equal of the man who is dead to the world. And the meaning of 'to deny oneself' is this: courageously to persevere in prayer. 

Fifthly, every word of prayer should come from the depths of the heart. Even if the words of prayer are borrowed from the psalms, they should be uttered as if they were one's own: In the verses of your psalmody do not be like a man who borrows words from another, lest ... you be left utterly devoid of the compunction and joy to be found in psalmody. Rather, recite the words of psalmody as your very own, that you may utter the words of your supplication with insight and with discriminating compunction.