Monday, June 22, 2009

Advice from Scripture on Prayer

I have not been able to find a specific article from Saint Basil addressed exclusively on prayer. But I have found some excerpts from other writings. In this one he teaches about prayer based on what the Scripture says about prayer.

Saint Basil On Prayer
a. We should persevere in watching and prayer.
Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 18.1-8; Luke 21:34-36; Col. 4:2; 1 Thess. 5:16-17
b. We should give thanks to God even for the daily sustenance required by the body, before we partake of it.
Matthew 14:19; Acts 27:35; 1 Tim. 4:4
c.We should not recite long and repetitious prayers for things that are perishable and unworthy of the Lord.
Matthew 6:7-8; Luke 12:29-30
d. How we should pray, and with what dispositions of soul.
Matthew 6:9-10; Matthew 6:33; Mark 11:25; 1 Tim. 2:8
e. That we should pray for one another and for those who are preachers of the Word of Truth.
Luke 22:31-32; Eph 6:18-20; 2 Thess 3:1
f. That we should pray even for our enemies.
Matthew 5:44-45
g. That no man ought to pray or prophesy with his head covered; and no woman, with uncovered head.
1 Cor. 11:3-5

Source: Father of the Church: Morals pp138-140

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