Saint Macarius the Great is Asked About the Way in Which One Should Pray

Saints Macarius the Great, Onuphrius the Great & Peter the Athonite

Saints Macarius the Great, Onuphrius the Great & Peter the Athonite

Abba Macarius was asked, ‘How should one pray?’ The old man said, ‘There is no need at all to make long discourses; it is enough to stretch out one’s hands and say, “Lord, as you will, and as you know, have mercy.” And if the conflict grows fiercer say “Lord, help!” He knows very well what we need and he shews us his mercy.

* This excerpt is from “The Sayings of the Desert Fathers” translated by Benedicta Ward

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