• “Hear my prayer, O Lord, Give ear to my supplications!
    In Your faithfulness answer me, And in Your righteousness.”
    (Ps 143:1)

    “To pray in a God-pleasing way, always do these things:

    1. When you pray, always imagine that the Lord God is
    standing invisibly right in front of you and is watching you.
    As the holy apostle says, ‘He is not far from each one of
    us; for in Him we live and move and have our being.’ (Acts
    17:27-28).

    2. Always pray only for what is pleasing to the Lord God or
    what is in agreement with God’s will… The holy Apostle John
    says, ‘if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.’
    (1 Jn 5:14). The holy Apostle James adds, ‘You ask and do
    not receive not because you ask amiss, that you spend it on
    your pleasures.’ (Jam 4:3)

    3. In prayer, freely tell the Lord God all your needs, with
    perfect humility and reverence, with firm hope of being heard,
    with complete love, with warm sincerity and if your prayer is
    not answered quickly, with grateful patience.
    Pray with perfect humility and reverence because we are
    dependent on the Lord God for everything and because ‘He
    shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise
    their prayer (Ps 102:17) ‘but gives grace to the humble.’ (Pro
    3:34)

    Pray with a firm hope that you will be heard because the
    Lord God, being All-Good, readily gives a full hearing to
    everything that His children tell Him and because the holy
    Apostle says, ‘he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven
    and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he
    will receive anything from the Lord.’ (Jam 1:6-7)

    Pray with complete love because there is no one more
    worthy of our love than the Lord God.
    Pray with warm sincerity because God is an omnipresent
    and omniscient Spirit, ‘For the Father is seeking such to
    worship Him…. In spirit and truth.’ (John 4:23-24) and
    because all who pray truly to Him always pray with their
    whole heart. The holy King David prayed to the Lord God
    like this: ‘I cry out with my whole heart; Hear me, O Lord.’(Ps
    119:145)

    Pray with grateful patience because we are usually not
    very far-seeing and little know ourselves, while the Lord God
    knows well all the circumstances surrounding us and lying
    ahead of us, and He knows us incomparably better than we
    know ourselves. Therefore He does not always immediately
    answer our prayers. Sometimes He does not answer them
    at all, but instead in His wisdom and goodness, grants us
    something that we did not ask for, but which in our situation
    is more beneficial for the salvation of our souls.”

    Metropolitan Gregory (Postikov) of St Petersburg

    In Christ,