Why do Christians pray to God?

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Why do Christians pray to God?

Christianity uniquely emphasises that a Christian can have a personal relationship with God. We should regard prayer as being the talking part of the relationship and a two way process at that. Jesus himself set down the model prayer for all Christians:

“This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9-13).

Prayer has the benefit of drawing us into a deeper relationship with God – as we pray we learn more about his will for our lives.

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Whether, therefore, we receive what we ask for, or do not receive it, let us still continue steadfast in prayer – Saint John Chrysostom (+407)

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SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM – QUOTES

Whether, therefore, we receive what we ask for, or do not receive it, let us still continue steadfast in prayer. For to fail in obtaining the desires of our heart, when God so wills it, is not worse than to receive it; for we know not as He does, what is profitable to us.

—Saint John Chrysostom (+407)

“I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain” – Saint Patrick of Ireland (+461)

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Saint Patrick of Ireland (+461):

“I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain”.

I pray to God to give me perseverance – Saint Patrick of Ireland (+461)

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IRELAND OF MY HEART

I pray to God to give me perseverance and to deign that I be a faithful witness to Him to the end of my life for my God.

—Saint Patrick of Ireland (+461)

About your enemies – Saint Augustine of Hippo, North Africa (+430)

Saint Augustine of Hippo, North Africa (+430):

“You don’t love in your enemies what they are, but what you would have them become by your prayers”.

 

Pray as though everything depended on God – Saint Augustine of Hippo, North Africa (+430)

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Saint Augustine of Hippo, North Africa (+430):

“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you”.

An Irish Prayer to start the day – The breastplate of St Patrick of Ireland

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An Irish Prayer to Start the Day

The Breastplate of St. Patrick of Ireland

I arise today

Through a mighty strength,
the invocation of the Trinity,
Through the belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension,
Through the strength of his descent for the judgment of Doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of Cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In prayers of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of apostles,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and merciless power that may oppose my body and soul,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.

Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me abundance of reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today

Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness,
Of the Creator of Creation.

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