Conventional prayer, Christian love and a saved child
Morning rule, evening, individual prayer, collective—With these concepts everything seems to be clear. But what is “prayer by convention”? When should it be read and how to do it? Should I take the blessing of a priest?
The essence of a prayer is determined by its very name. Several Orthodox agree that at a certain time, for the same length of time, they will jointly fulfill the same prayer rule, asking the Lord for the same thing.
How did Christ himself speak in the gospel of Matthew?Truly, I also say to you, that if two of you agree on the earth to ask for every work, then whatever they ask you will be from My Heavenly Father, for where two or three are gathered in My name, there I am among them
Indicative is the set of New Testament stories. Remember how Jesus, during His stay in Capernaum, was no longer brought, but lowered through the roof of the house of the paralytic. Who did this? Four friends of the patient.They did not speak out loud, they just all believed together: Christ can heal a dear person. It was a kind of inner prayer according to the agreement "Get up, take your bed and go to your house."
Examples of the amazing help of a collective petition
Today, prayer by convention is resorted to in many difficult life circumstances. A person is sick - his spiritual brothers and sisters are asking for his recovery, the child does not have enough money for the operation - the believers pray that God will allow.
There is a story about how, thanks to such a prayer, we managed to save the life of a child. In one family, the husband was very afraid that he and his wife would not “pull” the second child.
The woman shared her grief with her friend. She turned to her spiritual sister for advice. We decided to ring around Orthodox friends and read prayer by agreement together strenuously. People knew only one thing: it is necessary to save the life of a child. As a result, it turned out like this: the doctor himself spoke with the head of the family and convinced that the child should be left. Then the husband himself said to his wife: "I want a daughter born." Prayers for mother and child did not stop until the woman gave birth to ... a girl.
An Orthodox friend (working as an educator) tells: a girl from her group had a seizure. The child twitches, the other children are scared. The teacher asked them all to pray for this child together, and also called two Orthodox friends asking them to pray by agreement. Only they finished, as the girl's attack stopped.
What does “prayer by convention” look like?
Usually ten, twenty or more people agree to read the Psalter together. If 20, then each reads one kathisma per day. For example, today - the first, tomorrow - the second, the day after tomorrow - the third ... they also agree together about who they will ask for health and rest. After reading, kathismas usually read the prayer itself by agreement and add a joint petition to it.
Also, people can jointly read akathist, canons, at the end by adding the names of those for whom they pray.
Here is the text of the prayer itself:O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, Thou dost advertise with Thy pure lips: "Amen shall speak to you, since two of you confer in the land of all things, but if you ask her, you will have from My Father; or three gathered in my name, that is, I am in the midst of them. "Immortal Thy words, O Lord, Thy mercy is without use, and Thy endlessness cannot abide in Thy humanity. For this sake we pray Thee: grant us thy servants (names), who have agreed to ask Thee (request), the execution of our petition. But not both we want, but you also. Thy everlasting will be done. Amen
Prayer, humility, love
In the words of prayer by agreement, there is hope in the Lord. On the one hand, man, following the Gospel example, turns to God with faith. And on the other - he says: yes, we ask You about it. But only You, Lord, know that it will actually be better. Therefore, let it be Your will.
Such an appeal to God is a manifestation of Christian love for one’s neighbor. People not only see that the person dear to them is bad, but also ask the Lord to help him. The power is in the catholicity, the principle "where two or three are gathered in my name." But it is also a big responsibility, and an element of self-discipline. If you were assigned to read a certain Kafism, and you did not do it, then the Psalter was not read because of you. If this happens, you must repent and preach.
Not everyone is ready for such prayer work.Therefore, you should not be sobering, but rather go to a confessor or a priest who knows you and ask for blessings.