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2011-08-06 23:27:57 (UTC)

Prayer

Seat yourself before the Lord continually, keeping the memory of Him in your heart, lest having lingered outside His memory, you are unable to speak boldly when you enter in before Him, because boldness with God comes from constant conversing with Him and from much prayer.
St. Isaac the Syrian "Ascetical Homilies" (Homily Five)
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Let us accomplish all the things that are pleasing to God, singing, prayer, reading, spiritual instruction, manual labor, and service of every kind, living in interior communion with God. St. Nilus of Sora
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Pray simply. Do not expect to find in your heart any remarkable gift of prayer. Consider yourself unworthy of it. Then you will find peace. Use the empty cold dryness of your prayer as food for your humility. Repeat constantly: I am not worthy: Lord, I am not worthy! But say it calmly, without agitation. St. Macarius of Optina
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The key to Divine gifts is given to the heart by love of neighbor, and, in proportion to the heart's freedom from the bonds of the flesh, the door of knowledge begins to open before it. St. Isaac the Syrian
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When you fall down before God in prayer, become in your thought like an ant, like the creeping things 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 which fathers have for their small children. St. Isaac the Syrian
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When you pray, bring to mind the ploughman who sows in hope. He Who causes to return twofold the seed that the ploughman sows with hope, Who has esteemed the seeking of His kingdom and His righteousness to be greater than temporal things, He himself will reward your entreaty according to His promise.
St. Isaac the Syrian - "Ascetical Homilies" (Homily Twenty-Five)
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´╗┐If you wish to remember God unceasingly, do not reject as undeserved what happens to you, but patiently accept it as your due. For patient acceptance of whatever happens kindles the remembrance of God, whereas refusal to accept weakens the spiritual purpose of the heart and so makes it forgetful.

Saint Mark the Ascetic, “No Righteousness by Works” # 134, The Philokalia, Vol. 1, Palmer, Sherrard, and Ware (trs), p. 136.
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