By Abbot Tryphon
“Being real with God is far more important than being emotional” War: When Our Prayer Becomes Dry | The Morning Offering.
When we find ourselves struggling with prayer, and feel that it has become dry and lifeless, we are sometimes tempted to stop praying. When our prayer has become a struggle, it is good to remember that God knows our needs, and even knows what we want to say when we don’t seem to know.
This is the time we need to just pray without worrying about it. When we find we can’t keep our minds focused on the formal morning and evening prayers, as found in our prayer book, it is perfectly acceptable to simply light our lampada (hanging oil lamp), sit quietly before our icons, and let silence be our voice.
War | Our Prayer
God wants to enter into our heart, and requires only our permission and cooperation. This relationship does not require an emotional response, for, like all relationships, we are not always open to an emotional response. Being real with God is far more important than being emotional, since emotions can be contrived and fleshly.
As in all relationships, there are times when we do feel moved by emotions, but the lack of such feelings in no way represents a lack of love for God, because God cares for us, and God knows we love him, even when suffering in those dry times.
“Arming our children with spiritual weapons” War: When Our Prayer Becomes Dry | The Morning Offering.
War | Our Children
It is essential that we expose our youth to the teachings of the Church, and offer them serious facts about traditional Christianity, while letting them see that faith is not simply a religious expression of the ethnic heritage of their parents, or of keeping a generational family tradition alive.
If our youth don’t know the faith, and are not helped in making faith their own, and internalizing it into their hearts, how do we expect to break the downward cycle of church attendance that is happening across the nation? If we insist on being aloof in our priestly bearing, how will the youth feel free to come to us with their doubts and struggles with belief in God, and curb the mass exodus of young people from the churches?
How will these wonderful young people withstand the secularism, humanism, and atheism that is pounded into their young minds, if we do not arm them with a faith that can withstand the challenges of professors and fellow classmates who set out to destroy “the provincial and ethnic beliefs taught by backward parents, uneducated grandparents, and self-serving clergy”?
War | Our Weapons
We are at war! If we don’t arm our children with spiritual weapons, they will be lost to the enemy, and we will have only ourselves to blame. If all our faith is to them, is a backward religion they don’t understand, and if they do not sense the love of Christ in the hearts of their parents, priests, and bishops, they will depart to the greener pastures of a society that has had it with religious pomposity, hypocrisy and scandal.
If the youth don’t feel loved and respected by their bishops and priests, they will turn against all we stand for, and we will only see them at our ethnic church bazaars, and the occasional funeral.
If these youth are not taught the true faith of Christ, and helped to make it their own by our example of holiness of life, and by our love for them, they will not have been given the armor and ammunition to withstand the atheism of our age, and they will have been lost.
With love in Christ,
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By: Abbot Tryphon | The All-Merciful Saviour Orthodox Monastery on Vashon Island. Washington, United States
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