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The Armoury of the Kingdom of Heaven Anonymous 01/04/2022 (Tue) 11:07:56 No.2418
>In which we discuss the weapons we have available in this spiritual war After the lively discussions at /Christmas/, I thought it wise to talk about our weapons - that is prayer - in the fight against the spiritual powers of the world and against the old man. In particular I would like to focus the discussion on which situations we have found these weapons to be useful. Obviously the Lord's prayer is an indispensable part of any Christian's equipment. It is the standard issue sword. It is not, however, a shallow prayer. I have often been surprised at how different parts of the prayer stand out depending on what is going on in my life. I think it perfectly encapsulates the heart of the Christian's relationship towards God and thus serves as a signpost. It has certainly helped me in this. God is our Father and we should revere him and his Holy Name. We are to anxiously anticipate His kingdom breaking through at every point (I like to think of the world as bursting at the seams while Heaven pours through). We are also to subordinate our will to His. We should be thankful to God for the things we have. We should forgive others when they wrong us so that we may be forgiven by God. And we should understand that God is doing the heavy lifting in our salvation and not proudly believe that we can endure temptation and escape evil under our own power. When I was unsure if I actually believed or not, someone suggested to me to use the prayer of the mute boy's father: >Lord I believe; help my unbelief And He did. I had to pray it many times a day for months but He did. If anyone else wants to believe but is unsure of whether they actually do, get yourself some prayer beads/knotted rope/pile of rocks and pray this once per bead per day. I used a rosary because that's what I had available. One of the best things I did was get a Book of Common Prayer. I can highly recommend adopting a structured daily prayer: especially if you're like me and struggle with "spontaneous" prayer. It has a number of good prayers in it like the magnificat and it should rotate you around the psalms and help you remember at least a little bit of them. Psalm 37 (Fret not thyself because of the ungodly) has been particularly helpful in counteracting the black pill. I would talk about the rosary but I think that needs a longer treatment than what I can give it right now. Has anyone else a particular prayer or group of prayers that they use a lot or that stands out to them? How have you notice their effectiveness in your life?
The Jesus Prayer is definitely always one to point out: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. So simple, but very powerful. I have done this one on a prayer rope occasionally. I try not to go wild with it though, I'm worried I will make it a vain repetition if I don't actually internalize the words I am repeating. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxiLd5nBTbY >Lord I believe; help my unbelief I love this one too. The words can be very relatable. Like yourself, I had never really latched onto this until someone pointed it out to me. Now I love that verse.
>>2418 >hurdur imma LARPING redditor faggot tourist that needs a permaban Post the fucking prayer at least faggot.
>>2464 ? What is your major malfunction, anon?
>>2434 There's something about prayers that specifically plead for mercy and/or admit our sinfulness. It is as if a burden is lifted; we don't have to pretend that everything is OK in our lives. This pretense is a greater burden I think than the sin itself is sometimes. They give us an understanding of our great need for help. More examples of this: Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison. Christe eleison. Christe eleison. Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison. ... Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Have mercy upon me O God in your enduring goodness; according to the fullness of your compassion, blot out my offenses.
>>2434 After the the Jesus Prayer I like a quote from Mathews when They're on the boat iirc. >Lord save me. Of truth, Thou art the Son of God.

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