One Step At A Time Thoughts The Power of Prayer – Russian Orthodox Point of View

The Power of Prayer – Russian Orthodox Point of View



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

So in orthodoxy we are told that we should never follow the rules out of pride but only for holy reasons. So today I want to talk about prayer and its importance. Too often we pray for our wants and needs and they go unfulfilled. We lose sight of the purpose of prayer and its importance. I firmly believe God answers prayers not to those who deserve them or even want them. He instead possibly chooses to answer the prayers of those who need a push to continue on when they have fallen and do not have the strength to continue.

In all honesty none of us deserve the grace, time or effort in being given an answered prayer. For we are all sinners and deserve nothing more than a life being absent from the light. Yet, God in his grace provides us help when we need it, love when we lose it, and patience when there is none left in us. An important aspect of prayer is fasting. We fast in order to deny our carnal needs and bring us closer to God. We light candles when we pray to the Theotokos and to Jesus. These candles provides light to our requests so we can observe them and focus on them in our heart and mind.

On Saturday evening, I told the terrifying step and stood up to pray with a candle in my hand I stood before the icon of Jesus and prayed for my stepchildren. I prayed for their safety, their happiness and a moment to glimpse into their lives and sure that they were ok. I know that this is far off request and that seeing them or even getting an insight into their lives will never come to be. I still prayed for that on Saturday. Has God answered my prayer, maybe and then again maybe not? God’s time frame is different from mine. I understand this but the comfort in knowing that I voiced it to him brought me comfort.

Do you know how difficult it is too loose children? To loose ones that you have bonded with? While I understand that many of you reading this may not know this pain for those of you that do, I pray for you. I pray for us. Because while I will never get to hold the little hand of my step-daughter again, I know that God watches over her and her brother because someone truly loves them enough to let them go.

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

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