Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tertullian on Prayer

Prayer is the one thing that can conquer God. But Christ has willed that it should work no evil, and has given it all power over good.
  Its only art is to call back the souls of the dead from the very journey into death, to give strength to the weak, to heal the sick, to exorcise the possessed, to open prison cells, to free the innocent from their chains. Prayer cleanses from sin, drives away temptations, stamps out persecutions, comforts the fainthearted, gives new strength to the courageous, brings travellers safely home, calms the waves, confounds robbers, feeds the poor, overrules the rich, lifts up the fallen, supports those who are falling, sustains those who stand firm.
  All the angels pray. Every creature prays. Cattle and wild beasts pray and bend the knee. As they come from their barns and caves they look out to heaven and call out, lifting up their spirit in their own fashion. The birds too rise and lift themselves up to heaven: they open out their wings, instead of hands, in the form of a cross, and give voice to what seems to be a prayer.
  What more need be said on the duty of prayer? Even the Lord himself prayed. To him be honour and power for ever and ever. Amen.


  1. "Prayer is the one thing that can conquer God."

    I'll be reflecting on that the rest of the day.

    Thanks for the reminder and encouragement to pray.

  2. I think if we Catholics really believed this we wouldn't be so pessimistic.
    Do we really believe that God is listening and really cares about us, and wants to help us if we let Him?
    The way we talk sometimes, a listener wouldn't know it.
    It's something I've become really aware of in the last few years, especially after listening to some evangelical shows on TV, and the way they pray, and trust God.
    I still fall into old habits though.... I'm going to print this out and keep it in my journal as a reminder.