#4 Prayer and Joy

Summary:

Prayer isn't a numbers game, it's about experiencing Christ's joy!

Questions:

As you watch the episode, consider:

1. What would you say is the most important part about our prayer?  Is it the words that we say?

2. Why do we pray?  Does God need the be reminded about what we want and what we truly need?  Does God want us to use complicated words when we pray?  According to what Christ told His Apostles, how should we pray?  How does Saint Paul say we should pray?

3. What does Elder (now Saint) Porphyrios say about the reason for prayer in the book, Wounded by Love?

4. What are some ways we are able to turn our prayer into a desire instead of a chore?

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Links:

And here are some articles you may find to be helpful:

1. Bible Gateway, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

2. Bible Gateway, Matthew 6:6-15

3. Mystagogy, "Saint Basil the Great on Unceasing Prayer"

4. Mystagogy, "Why Do We Make Prostrations"

Script:

Hey everybody this is Steve, and I brushed my teeth this morning.  Actually, I brush my teeth every morning, and every night, the way most of you probably do. We all have our routines, right?  Routines that get us through the day.  But where does prayer fit in our daily routine? St. Paul says we're supposed to "pray without ceasing.” And sometimes when we try to do that we turn prayer into a routine, an obligation, just another chore that we have during the course of the day.  Go to the bank, pick up milk, say my prayers...buy parachute pants. 

So, we may say our prayers, but are we really praying?  Let's look again at what St. Paul says.  "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks…"for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  A lot of people make the mistake of looking at prayer in terms of numbers, like I have to pray for a certain amount of hours during the course of the day, or I have to do a certain number of prostrations. But is that right?

Elder Porphyrios, a really amazing saint from the 20th century, (he passed away in 1991, not too long ago) has these amazing words: "Fast as much as you can, make as many prostrations as you can, attend as many vigils as you like…"but be joyful.” So remember, prayer isn't about numbers, prayer isn't about our obligation.  Prayer is about joy.  It's about connecting with God.  So let’s be the bee and pray always, with Christ’s true joy. Be the bee and live Orthodoxy. Remember to like and subscribe. I’ll see you all next week.

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