Prayer – Second Day of September
“We ought always to pray.” — St. Luke 18.1.
A prayer well made is most agreeable to the angels. For this reason they love much those who pray. On the contrary, prayer is a torment to the demons, who endeavor to distract and trouble those who give themselves to this holy exercise. — St. John Chrysostom.
“Let us go and enrage the demon,” said a servant of God when he was about to pray.
“Why is it that there is no time in which the devil wages greater warfare against us than in the time of prayer?” asked a person of a holy priest. “There is no exercise which the demon desires more that we should do badly, because there is none which brings upon us more graces and which is more salutary. He who prays well always will soon be an angel.”
My God, grant that I may always pray well. Grant that I may pray in a manner that will honor Thee and be agreeable to Thee, in a manner useful to me in time and eternity.