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The Spiritual Man, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

31- Prayer

 

St-Takla.org Image: Repent and Pray, by Sister Sawsan صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: توبة و صلاة، رسم تاسوني سوسن

St-Takla.org Image: Praying in repentance, Repent and Pray: A Coptic woman/girl praying and crying, with her hands up, along with a candle, by Sister Sawsan.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الصلاة بانسحاق، توبة و صلاة: امرأة/فتاة قبطية تصلي وتبكي، ويداها مرفوعتان، وخلفها شمعة، رسم تاسوني سوسن.

The literary meaning of praying is talking with God Spiritually, it is: connecting mans soul to Gods Soul.

One may pray, or think that he has prayed, while there is no connection between him and God!!

Therefore God rebuked the Jews by saying: These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honour Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me (Is 29:13) (Mt 15:8).

It is an unacceptable prayer because God wants the heart.

Do you think you are praying because you are moving your lips before God?!

That could be without understanding, without spirit and without feelings: without love, reverence or humility...!!

Do you want to satisfy your conscience concerning prayer? Even if it was like that! Or you pray with your spirit and you pray with your mind, meaning every word you say in your prayer..

Mar Isaac was right when he said about such a prayer:

Tell yourself: I stood before God to count words!

That is because many are concerned about making the prayer long without understanding, or they say many Psalms quickly and without contemplation, and they do not follow the meaning of words during their prayer!!

Psalms are full of spirituality, but some people are limited to the letter.

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They also repeat the words of doxology in the Psalmody with an amazing speed where they do not follow the meaning. The same with many hymns. What is important for them is the letter and not the spirit. The feeling that one has done his act in prayer, and his conscience rested by that, while this prayer has not ascended to God. There was not even any connection and the spirit and the heart did not share in it.

As for the spiritual man, he says with the Apostle: I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding (1 Cor 14:15).

I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding...


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