St. Patrick on Prayer

Here’s an excerpt from St. Patrick’s Confessions:

“After I had come to Ireland I daily used to feed cattle, and prayed frequently during the day; the love of God and the fear of Him increased more and more and faith became stronger, and the spirit was stirred; so that in one day I said about a hundred prayers, and in the night nearly the same; so that I used even to remain in the woods and in the mountains; before daylight I used to rise to prayer, through snow, through frost, through rain, and felt no harm; nor was there any slothfulness in me, and I now perceive, because the spirit was then fervent within me.”

Wow!  Patrick was a man of prayer!

This is incredibly convicting for me.  I’ve woken up very early many mornings to simply roll over and hit the snooze button.  So many opportunities to pray wasted.

Patrick recognized the connection between prayer, the awareness of God’s love, and a fervent spirit, and he gave himself to seeking God.

How about you?  What can you learn about your prayer life from St. Patrick’s example?


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