Day 18: daily lent practice: How? Ask God to strengthen your weakness

Day 18: daily lent practice: How? Ask God to strengthen your weakness

Category : Daily Lent Practice

“Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three
times that it might depart from me. And He said to
me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength
is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly
I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of
Christ may rest upon me.” Therefore I take pleasure in
infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in
distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then
I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:8-10)

“When St. Anthony entered to the internal desert,
the demons watched him dauntingly, saying, ‘O You
young of age and mind, how did you dare to enter our
territory, as we have never seen a human before you.’
And they all started to fight him. He said to them, ‘O
strong ones, what do you want from me, the weak; And
who am I so that you all gather to fight me. Don’t you
know that I am ashes and dust, and unable to fight the
smallest in you.’
And he lay on the ground, shouting to God, ‘O God,
help me, and strengthen my weakness. Have mercy on
me, as I sought after You. Do not leave me; and do not
let those who think that I am something overcome me.
O God, You know that I am unable to fight the smallest
of these.’ When the demons heard this prayer full of
life and humility they fled away, and did not dare to
approach to him.”


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