Prayer *and* Fasting

 

It seems that I can pray or I can fast but I have a hard time doing both. 

During Great Lent, it is easy for me to keep the fast.  As an old hippie,  I already have vegan leanings and relish the opportunity to dust off my old vegetarian cookbooks.   However, I find that I have a very hard time maintaining my prayer rule during Lent.  I asked a monastic friend, Father Lawrence, why this might be and he said it’s spiritual warfare.  What did Our Lord say to His disciples who were unable to cast out a particularly nasty demon?  “These come out only through prayer and fasting.”   Prayer and fasting are spiritual weapons that when used together can give us victory over demonic powers.  Therefore, it makes sense that we would be tempted to slack off in either prayer or fasting.    When I am overcome by feelings of despondancy and sloth during prayer time,  I need to remember that this is exactly the effect the demons are hoping to produce in me. 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. debd
    Apr 18, 2008 @ 02:09:18

    This was a good word for me. Thanks!

  2. -C
    Apr 23, 2008 @ 13:02:39

    “It seems that I can pray or I can fast but I have a hard time doing both.”

    And I have a hard time doing either very well.
    Lord, have mercy.

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