To Begin Talking And Listening

In order to pray (and meditate) a man must struggle to his last breath. If we do not find prayer (and meditation) difficult, perhaps it is because we have not really started to pray (and meditate). [Italics Mine] Abba Agathon

Prayer and meditation are absolutely necessary to Alcoholics Anonymous and Christian Orthodoxy.

We will not stay sober and we will not participate in The Holy Orthodox Way properly unless we do. We will experience The Living God.

We learn to pray by praying. We learn to meditate by meditating. Simple, but not easy.

Yes. It is awkward, difficult and sometimes seemingly impossible. But, it is The Way God listens and talks through us.

God prays in us.

“Direct my will; teach me to pray; pray You Yourself in me.”

Prayer of St. Philaret of Moscow

Pray each and every day. ‘Just For Today’.

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

Matthew 6:34 – The Message Bible by Eugene Peterson

Pray as you can and then learn to pray as others who have been at it longer than you. Start with your own prayers of ‘Please’ every morning and ‘Thank You’ every night. Then learn other prayers from other people, places and things like The Big Book, Prayerbooks and The Saints.

“Many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.” Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than ­spiritual perfection.”

Alcoholics Anonymous – The Big Book

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