The Lord never gives up gifts. If he sometimes refuses to the time, he refuses to make the gift more precious to those who receive, and that the one who is acceptable should be more diligent in prayer(29, 245).
Mouths can ask for everything, but God only does what is useful(29, 243).
The Lord is a wise Distributor. He cares about the benefit of the applicant and, if he sees that the request is harmful or at least useless to him, he does not fulfill the petition and refuses the supposed benefaction. He listens to every prayer, and the one whose prayer is not fulfilled receives from the Lord an equally salutary gift, like the one whose prayer is fulfilled(28, 225).
In all possible ways, God shows that He is a merciful Giver, He gives us His love and shows us His mercy. Therefore, he does not respond to any wrong prayer, the execution of which would bring death and destruction to us. However, in this case, refusing a request, does not leave us without a very useful gift; so that He removes from us the harmful, He opens up the door of His bounty. In this Giver there is no place for the irrationality of those who ask: the wise man, who, in spite of his simplicity, asks for something harmful to himself, God submits wisely. He refuses to those who do not obey His commands. Any other mode of action would be an irrationality for the omniscience of the Giver. Therefore, be sure that any petition that does not happen is certainly harmful, or that the petition that is heard is useful. The one who gives righteousness and good will not leave your petitions unperformed, because in His goodness there is no malice and in His righteousness is envy. If He hesitates with fulfillment, it is not because he repents in the promise, on the contrary. He wants to see your patience.Rev. Ephraim the Syrian (28, 226).
First of all, we must know that not everything that we want is permissible for us to ask and that not in any case we are able to ask for a useful(8, 285).
With great circumspection, one must make petitions, conforming them to the will of God. And unheard, one must know that it is necessary either patience or intensification of prayer.St. Basil the Great (8, 286).
Sometimes it is more useful not to get it. If for us it was not often useful to not receive. God would undoubtedly give; meanwhile not to receive with advantage - means to receive(46, 484).
We are. are not heard even when we pray, continuing to remain in sins.St. John Chrysostom (46, 485).
Sometimes our request is immediately heard, sometimes, according to the Savior, God is patient with us, that is, he does not soon fulfill the request we are asking: He sees that it is necessary to stop this execution for our humility for a while(108, 142).
When your petition is not fulfilled by God, submit yourself reverently to the will of the All-holy God, who for unexplained reasons left your petition unperformed.Bishop Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) (108, 142).
Prayer not indignant, but ask that which is worthy of God. And asking for a decent, do not give up until you get(8, 322).
In prayer, one should not ask for the fulfillment of one's own will, but to provide everything to God, a self-builder is useful.St. Basil the Great (10, 250).
If your deeds are not pleasing to God, then do not ask Him for great gifts, so as not to come to the position of a man who tempts God. Your prayer must be consistent with your living ... The desire of every man is shown by his "activity. To what his diligence is directed, he must also strive in prayer. A person who wants to be great should not exercise in unimportant(82, 251).
Do not ask of God that He Himself gives us without our petition, in His industry, which gives not only His and beloved, but also those who are alien to His knowledge.Reverend Isaac the Syrian (82, 250).
It is impossible for those who ask for chastity from God, and have not received justice, meekness, and honesty according to their prayer(36, 832).
If we are commanded to abstain from everyday things, even when they are, how miserable we turn out to be if we ask God for what He has commanded to reject.St. John Chrysostom (46, 495).
In prayer, ask for only righteousness and the Kingdom, that is, virtue and guidance, and everything else will be added to you (Matthew 6, 33)(47, 180).
Pray, first, about purification from passions; secondly, about deliverance from ignorance and, thirdly, about salvation from all temptation and abandonment.Reverend Neil of Sinai (47, 179).
By your purity be the altar of God, make a priest of the inner man ...(82, 180).
The objects of our prayer should be spiritual and eternal, and not temporary and material. The basic and original prayer should consist of petitions for the forgiveness of sins(108, 516).
Do not be foolish in petitions, so as not to anger God with your faint-heartedness: he who asks the Tsar of the Tsars for something insignificant - humiliates Him(108, 151).
Ask what you think is necessary and useful, but grant the will of God to the fulfillment and non-fulfillment of your petition ...(109, 167).
We are forbidden to carnal verbosity and ority in prayer; petitions for earthly blessings and benefits, petitions with which only prayers of pagans and similar to the pagans of carnal people are forbidden.Bishop Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) (111, 249).
As the Lord teaches: "Pray that you will not fall into temptation" (Luke 22, 40), should you also pray not to fall into bodily passions, and if one falls into them, how should he bear it?
The Lord did not discern the quality of the temptation, but generally commanded: "Pray that you will not fall into temptation." And he who has fallen into temptation must ask the Lord with temptation and redemption, "so that you can bear" (1Cor. 10, 13), so that it will be fulfilled even over us: "He who endures to the end will be saved" (Matthew 24, 13 ).St. Basil the Great (116, 548).
A good school of prayer and piety is sorrow and suffering. The Israelites, while in Egypt and from the Pharaoh tormentors, were patiently angry, prayed earnestly and cried out to God, as the Lord Himself said of them: "I saw the suffering of My people in Egypt and heard His cry" (Ex. 3, 7). Anna, mother of Samuel the prophet, being due to infertility in vilification and distress, and grief, heartily prayed to God and was heard by God (1Tar. 1). How grief and persecution prompted King David to pray in peace, his psalms testify ... So sorrow teaches heart prayer! When we pray harder than not during illness, misfortune, misfortune, temptation, invasion of foreigners, during famine, sea infection and other calamities that threaten us with death? Then prayer comes from the depths of the heart and rises.Prelate Tikhon Zadonsky (104, 1131-1132).
Pupils are swimming on the sea; the storm rises and puts them in a dangerous position, and the Lord sleeps. They cry out to Him: "Lord, save!", And He in a word tames the storm ... And every person, people, and the Church - float in the sea of life themselves, forces in them invested, natural and supernatural, in order. God set. The Lord is resting, although he is among the moving events; The very same act begins when an imminent disaster threatens to reject events from the divine plans. He is everywhere, keeps everything, keeps all the warmth of his love, but acts to give to his creatures forces, data, laws and procedures, which he is everywhere planted and stored. He does not personally energize, although everything is from Him, and without Him nothing happens. He is always ready to act, when necessary, by His infinite wisdom and righteousness. Prayer is the receiver of God's actions. But the best prayer is: "Lord! You know everything: create with me, as you please! ".Bishop Theophan the Recluse (115, 659).
During sorrows and dangers, visible and invisible, prayer is especially needed: it, being an expression of rejection of arrogance, an expression of hope for God, attracts to us the help of God(111, 326).
When the sorrows surround, it is necessary to fasten the prayer to attract the special grace of God. Only with the help of special grace can we trample all temporary disasters.Bishop Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) (108, 549).