Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from an Orthodox Perspective
Malankara World Journal
Theme: Prayer
Volume 5 No. 301 August 21, 2015

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Procession on the eve of Assumption Feast at Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation, Cary, OH. Photo by Dr. Jacob Mathew, Malankara World

Procession on the eve of Assumption Feast at Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Cary, OH. Devotees, chanting Rosary Prayers, walked with lighted candles more than a mile in procession asking for intercession of St. Mary . There was a large group of Syriac Christians from Middle East chanting prayers in Syriac. Shows that prayer can take different forms and chanted in different languages.

Photo by Dr. Jacob Mathew, Malankara World

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1. Foreword

I am sure you have noticed that this issue of Malankara World Journal looks different. We have made some changes to the format of MWJ to make it easier to read on smartphone and those devices with narrow screens. Also, when you read individual articles, instead of loading the whole journal, only a section of the journal is loaded. It will load faster and will save you some bandwidth. ...

I. This Sunday in Church

2. Bible Readings for This Sunday - 2nd Sunday after Shunoyo (August 23)

3. Sermons for This Sunday - 2nd Sunday after Shunoyo (August 23)

4. From Malankara World Journal Archives

II. Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Prayer

Volume 4 No 233: August 22, 2014
Theme: Praying With Persistence

Volume 3 No 159: August 22, 2013
Theme: Prayer and Worship

Volume 2 No 106: Nov 1 2012
Theme: Prayer

Volume 2 No 99: Sep 20 2012
Theme: Unanswered Prayers

Volume 2 No 82: June 21 2012
Focus: Prayer

Volume 2 No 47: January 12 2012
Special on Prayer

Volume 1 No 20: August 26 2011
Focus: Prayer

III. This Week's Features - Prayer

5. Prayer to Jesus before Holy Communion

Prayer of Saint John Chrysostom and Act of Contrition.

6. Praying With Persistence

We too at times are tempted to pray conditional prayers; to bargain with God in our prayers - thinking incorrectly that we can manipulate God in order to get what we want. Or perhaps at times we abandon prayer altogether; thinking incorrectly that we don't need God and we don't need to pray. Rather, we can do everything on our own or we can rely on other human beings to get what we want. ...

7. When You Don't Have a Prayer

Jesus isn't teaching that prayer is a way of wresting away from a reluctant God something he doesn't really want to give. But he is teaching us that consistent prayer gets results. He follows up the story by saying, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." ...

8. How to Establish a Consistent Prayer Life

Every Christian "wishes" he/she would pray more - enjoy it more - be more consistent in praying. We all want that. But wanting something is not the same thing as choosing something. ... We all live pretty much with what we've chosen. It's hard to say and hard to hear; but the truth is my prayer life and your prayer life is what we've chosen it to be. The good news is we all have the power to choose something different. That means we have right here this morning opportunity for a better prayer life if we choose to have one. ...

9. How You Can Receive Powerful Answers to Your Prayer

The next time you pray, make a list with specific prayer points and pray boldly. Then, write the answer down when God gives it! Doing this will not only help you see a clearer picture of God's faithfulness, it will empower your prayer life as you continue to pray boldly! ...

10. The Ultimate Objective of Prayer

When Moses said to the Lord, "Please, show me Your glory," he was saying, "God, I want to see You now. I want You to actually show Your face to me."

That really is what prayer is all about. It is not about getting stuff from God. Prayer, when it reaches its ultimate objective, is getting God. It is God that you want - it's closeness with Him. ...

11. Praying to the Trinity

What we normally mean by "prayer" is talking to God (albeit silently) about things we need or things that worry us - or praising him and thanking him for this and that. Much of that kind of prayer involves thinking, imagining, conceptualizing. It is takes place in a mind full of echoes and mumblings of conversation, memories of things that have happened or fears of what may be about to, or simply random words rattling around in our head - traces of thoughts that have not quite died away. ...

IV. Regular Features

12. Recipe: One Fresh Chicken, Many Meals

When it comes to cooking for my family, I like to get the most for my money and my time. Thatís why I appreciate the lower priced, high quality whole chicken that I use to prepare many meals. ...

13. Family Special: Quick Listening - Communication Between Husband and Wife

Communication between husband and wife can become muddled unless we follow the scriptural wisdom offered in James 1:19: Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. ...

14. Be An Angel to Someone

We have the opportunity ourselves to play both sides of the "angel" encounter, since it's so easy to get caught up in ordinary life and settle for average. - A real life story illustrates this.

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