I Don’t Feel Like Praying
July 05, 2010 Length: 1:01
Amma Theodora on praying when you don't feel like it.
It’s the easiest thing in the world for me to come up with reasons for why I can’t pray just right now: right now I’m too busy, or I don’t feel good…the problem is that right now can become now and always.
Here’s a story told by Amma Theodora for people like us. She says,
There was a monk who was seized by cold and fever every time he began to pray, and he suffered from headaches, too. In this condition, he said to himself, ‘I am ill, and near to death; so now I will get up before I die and pray.’ By reasoning in this way, he did violence to himself and prayed, When he had finished, the fever abated also. So, by reasoning in this way, the brother resisted, and prayed and was able to conquer his thoughts.
"A thousand thanks for the incredible, edifying, encouraging ministry of AFR. We are in the far north of Scotland, which is extremely secular and can be quite hard going for Christians trying to live their faith minute by minute. We have no church, and the nearest priest is five hours away. Once a month, there is a Divine Liturgy an hour from us, in an ecumenical church building attached to an old hospital. AFR supports our daily practice of our faith and enriches it immensely."