Matthew The Poor, Orthodox Prayer Life, pp.35-40

“Through prayer,
our will becomes like that of Christ…

Prayer is an effective power
that brings us into contact
with the Christ
who is actually present within us…

If, in physical matters,
nakedness carries with itself so great a shame,
how much more shame for the person
that is naked of divine power,
who does not wear
nor is clothed
with the ineffable and imperishable spiritual garment,
the Lord Jesus Christ Himself?
St Macarius the Great, Homily 20

The stance of prayer by itself,
whether in one’s chamber
or in church,
is indeed a standing before the presence of God.
It is entering
into the sphere of the heavenly hosts
as they praise and minister.”


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