PART IV: CHRISTIAN PRAYER
Section One: Prayer in the Christian Life
Chapter 1: The Revelation of Prayer
Article 1, In the Old Testament (cont’d)
§ 2590 “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God” (DFO 3, 24: PG 94, 1089C).
§ 2591 God tirelessly calls each person to this mysterious encounter with Himself. Prayer unfolds throughout the whole history of salvation as a reciprocal call between God and man.
§ 2592 The prayer of Abraham and Jacob is presented as a battle of faith marked by trust in God’s faithfulness and by certitude in the victory promised to perseverance.
§ 2593 The prayer of Moses responds to the Living God’s initiative for the salvation of His people. It foreshadows the prayer of intercession of the unique Mediator, Christ Jesus.
§ 2594 The prayer of the People of God flourished in the shadow of the dwelling place of God’s Presence on Earth, the ark of the covenant and the Temple, under the guidance of their shepherds, especially King David and of the prophets.
§ 2595 The prophets summoned the people to conversion of heart and, while zealously seeking the Face of God, like Elijah, they interceded for the people.
§ 2596 The Psalms constitute the masterwork of prayer in the Old Testament. They present two inseparable qualities: the personal and the communal. They extend to all dimensions of history, recalling God’s promises already fulfilled and looking for the coming of the Messiah.
§ 2597 Prayed and fulfilled in Christ, the Psalms are an essential and permanent element of the prayer of the Church. They are suitable for men of every condition and time.
Tomorrow – Article 2, In the Fullness of Time
(Part IV, Section 1, Chapter 1 – to be continued)
[Editor’s Note: The abbreviations in today’s posting are noted below.]
- “DFO” – St. John Damascene, “De Fide Orthodoxa [Exposition of the Orthodox Faith]”
- “PG” – “Patrologia Graeca [Greek Patrology]”, an enormous collection of writings of the Church Fathers and other ecclesiastical writers in the Greek language published by J. P. Migne, (Paris, 1857‑1866 A.D.)