Monday, April 28, 2014

"Acquiring the Spirit of God is the true aim of our Christian life, while prayer, fasting, almsgiving and other good works done for Christ's sake are merely means for acquiring the Spirit of God." - St. Seraphim

That's it!

Prayer parts the clouds.  Prayer calls fire down from heaven.  Prayer incorporates us into the life of the Holy Trinity dwelling within us.  O then soul, you who seek God in 'things' - don't you know he is within you?  That you are his temple?  "Acquisition of love, proceeding from the Father and the Son, alert me to be ever aware of thy indwelling!"

Great is the power of prayer, and it brings most of all the Spirit of God, and is most easily practiced by everyone. We shall be happy indeed if the Lord God finds us watchful and filled with the gifts of His Holy Spirit. Then we may boldly hope "to be caught up . . . in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air" (1 Thess. 4:17) Who is coming "with great power and glory" (Mk. 13:26) "to judge the living and the dead" (1 Peter 4:5) and "to reward every man according to his works" (Matt. 16:27). - St. Seraphim of Sarov

Never give up prayer. 

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