Don’t doubt—just pray; Church Fathers: Day 077

hermas_spotlightHow can I pray to God when I’m such a miserable sinner? Don’t think like that, the visionary Hermas is told. If you get rid of your doubt and just pray, the Lord will answer your prayer.

Get rid of all your doubt, and don’t hesitate to ask of the Lord. Don’t say to yourself, “How can I ask of the Lord and receive from him, when I’ve sinned so much against him?”

Don’t think that way. With all your heart, turn to the Lord and ask of him without doubting. And then you will know the multitude of his tender mercies. You will know that he will never leave you, but will fulfill the request of your soul. For he is not like humans, who remember the evils done against them. He himself does not remember evils, and has compassion on his own creation.

So cleanse your heart of all the worthless things of this world, and from the arguments I mentioned, and ask of the Lord. You will receive all. None of the requests you make to the Lord without doubting will be denied. Hermas, Commandment 9

IN GOD’S PRESENCE, CONSIDER . . .

Do I let my sinfulness get in the way of my prayer?

Do I really trust God to answer every prayer?

CLOSING PRAYER

Lord, hear my prayers. I know that you see into my heart, and I do not pray for myself alone, but for the benefit of all my brothers and sisters.


Remember to subscribe to my feed so you will not miss a day! This recurring feature at The Catholic Blogger is possible through the cooperation of author Mike Aquilina and publisher Saint Benedict Press. To get your own copy of this book, click below.

"Remind me, when the abuses came to light, what did the church do?Did they promise ..."

Don’t blame the Church for wicked ..."
"Your comment is unsourced and mis-states what Catholic believe. For a better understanding of the ..."

A better understanding of the Immaculate ..."
"Another way to fend off demonic attacks is to realize that they're imaginary."

Hauntings, Possessions, and Exorcisms
"Is Blai a priest? Surprised to read that he takes part in exorcisms.I believe that ..."

Hauntings, Possessions, and Exorcisms

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment