Saint Zeno of Egypt on Prayer

The Apostle Stephen the Protomartyr praying to God to have mercy on his persecutors as they stone him to death

If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks.

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

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