Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dorotheus: God's help in prayer

Thursday, March 30, 2017
O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
    —Psalm 51:15 (ESV)
    A man who prays without ceasing, if he achieves something, knows why he achieved it, and can take no pride in it; for he cannot attribute it to his own powers, but attributes all his achievements to God, always renders thanks to him and constantly calls upon him, trembling lest he be deprived of help.
    ... Dorotheus of Gaza (505-565), quoted in Early Fathers from the Philokalia, Saint Makarios (Metropolitan of Corinth), comp. & E. Kadloubovsky, Gerald Eustace Howell Palmer, trs., Faber and Faber, 1959, p. 157 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 51:15; Luke 18:1; Rom. 12:12; Eph. 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:17; Jude 1:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, in prayer, You increase and I decrease.
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