“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Isaiah 6:3)
Let us pray… Fr. Matta reminds us in this short section of what prayer really is meant to be, “a communion with the heavenly host in praising their Creator”. This is something far greater than what most of us probably think of when we consider prayer. From where we are, we do not take in the vision of the host of spiritual beings living in harmony with God’s will, living to glorify Him.
Fr. Matta tells us that, “we ask God for temporal things because we have fallen from our original status in which we lacked nothing.” Even though we have been disobedient and are therefore overcome with many needs and concerns, God has “promised to listen to our prayers when we bring him our needs and complaints, which he knows only too well. He thus assures us that he will never abandon us for our sins and that our tribulations are a matter of concern to him.”
- Many of us have learned about prayer as a way of asking for what we want or need. Does it make sense to you that Fr. Matta links this to our fallen nature? How do you find yourself reacting to this notion?
- What does it mean to “glorify” God? We read and use this term a lot but how do we really do this?
Fr. Matta writes, “The foundation of prayer is paying absolute honor to God’s will… For this reason, prayer inevitably demands that man relinquish his own will.”
- While the answer to this question may seem obvious (or not), why does God give us a free will if He then expects us to relinquish it?
A beautiful image is created by Fr. Matta’s words: “So, by pure prayer, man’s hand stretches forth in heartfelt repentance to pluck the words of the gospel from the tree of life and to eat them at all times. Thus he is renewed and lives, never to die.”
OK, so I couldn’t resist inserting a bit of art*, so lovely was the image. 🙂
It is getting late so I will add just a bit more on the Sayings of the Fathers in a day or two.
* (If anyone would like the original 6″ x 6″ ink on tile painting – minus the scripture quotes – I will gift it to the first person who asks me for it. My e-mail address can be found in this blog! I will mail it to you free of charge as long as your address is in the US.)
Blessings… Pluck the words and eat them. Be filled…