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Prayer is a natural activity and attitude of man’s spirit, made in the image and likeness of God. The hidden energy of prayer is nothing other than the natural motion of man’s soul towards God, which was established within him by the Lord when He fashioned him. When this energy is released, the soul’s regeneration by the grace of repentance begins. Without prayer, it is impossible for God’s reasonable creature to fulfil his destiny, to become a god by His grace.
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The desire for God’s gift, for a share in His pan-cosmic victory, is an indispensable element in preparation for the work of prayer. By His humble love, the Lord has brought eternal victory over death and the powers of darkness. Christ desires to share His victory with each man and sit beside him on the thrones of His Kingdom. He wants to address to each one the words: ‘All that is mine is thine.’ He Himself says: ‘To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.’
Translated from the original Greek, Ὁ ἄνθρωπος, αὐτουργὸς τῆς ὁμοιώσεώς του μὲ τὸν Χριστό, which is a chapter from the author’s forthcoming book Ἡ προσευχὴ ὡς ἀτελεύτητη δημιουργία.
Father Zacharias studied theology at the Orthodox Theological Institute of Saint Sergius in Paris and at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has lived all his monastic life in the monastery of Saint John the Baptist in Essex where he serves as a spiritual Father and minister of the word of God to his brethren and the people that come to him. Read more…
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