( By : H. H. Pope Shenouda )
Prayer is to open the heart to God, so that the faithful talks to Him, lovingly
and openly. It is laying the individual before God.
Prayer is a tie, a relationship between man and God. Therefore, it is not just
talk, it is a heart connected to a heart. Prayer is a feeling of being in the
presence of God. It is a partnership with the Holy Spirit and unity with God...
Prayer is the food of the angels and the spirituals by which they are nourished
and taste the Lord, "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good." (Ps. 34:8)
Prayer quenches a soul's thirst for God, "As the deer pants for the water brooks,
so pants my soul to you, 0 God" (Ps. 42: 1), "I will lift up my hands in Your
name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness." (Ps. 63:5)
Prayer is the submission of life to God to conduct it Himself, "Your will be
Prayer is an admission of our lack of strength. and insufficiency of intelligence.
Therefore, we resort to a greater power where we find our care...
Prayer is abolishing our independence from God...
It is meeting with God: either we lift ourselves up to Him or He comes down to
It is turning oneself to Heaven and to the throne of God...
Prayer is not an obligation or an order. It is not just a commandment or piety
and devotion... It is a desire and longing... otherwise, it would be a burden
which we, unwillingly practise, just for obedience sake!!
Prayer is not just a request. One might pray without asking for anything... but
contemplate on the beauty of God and His life giving qualities... Therefore, a
prayer of praise and glorification... is more sublime than that of a request...
Whoever seeks something else besides God alone, will never be able to enjoy
prayer as he ought to.
Prayer means dying completely to all the world, an utter forgetfulness to
pleasures, where God alone remains in one's thought...
Prayer is the ladder which connects heaven and earth. It is a bridge that we
cross to reach the heavenly places where there is no world...
It is a key to Heaven ...