Personal and Devotional Prayers

O Lord Jesus Christ, I bring my children (Names) before You and ask Your protection and mercy concerning their relationship with You and Your Church. Help them to be attentive in services, participating with true love for You. Let them be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and let their hearts long for a living relationship with You and Your Church. May they seek refuge in Your Word and participate regularly in the sacraments of the Church. May they serve with joy and willingly attend to the needs within the Church. Draw them unto Yourself that they may follow You all the days of their lives. In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

– from the Ascetic Lives of Mothers: A Prayer Book for Orthodox Moms by Annalisa Boyd

The Fruits of True Prayer

Prayer is doxology, praise, thanksgiving, confession, supplication and intercession to God. "When I prayed I was new," wrote a great theologian of Christian antiquity, "but when I stopped praying I became old." Prayer is the way to renewal and spiritual life. Prayer is aliveness to God. Read More