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).