An inspiring message of Metropolitan Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo, abducted in Syria since 2013. May we have his prayers!
English translation by Waad Rabahie (contributor).
Metropolitan Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo:
Many times, Jesus in the Holy Bible before He does a miracle He lets the person insist on asking… and this indicates that prayer has another purpose not just fulfilling requests.
Prayer is important because it waters the human soul.
Prayer is the pathway of divine blessings to human’s life.
He who prays is a person that transfigures, not just asks and begs…
Prayer makes us think with Christ and gain Christ’s mind.
Prayer lifts us from our bestial nature to the human, spiritual, angelic nature.
As Saint Dionysius the Areopagite says: the person who prays is like a sailing person on a boat and sea waves tossing him, but he throws the rope of prayer to the land and pulls the rope till he reaches the harbor of salvation.
Prayer is more than requesting things of God…
Prayer is glorifying, prayer is thanksgiving.
The one who prays from heart knows that God deserves from us more than requesting and listing our needs…