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Apr 12, 2019
Look to your Master in His love to sinners. Remember His picture opening His arms, calling everyone to comfort, regardless of his sins, to free him from the bonds of the devil.
Do not be afraid “for you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15) Ask God to grant you repentance. “Restore me, and I will return, For You are the LORD my God.” (Jeremiah 31:18)
The request surely acceptable to God is the request for the salvation of your soul.
This request is according to God’s will as St. Paul says, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God, our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4)
I might make requests to God but He does not answer them as He knows that they are not good for my salvation, even when these requests were for certain virtues.
God knows that such virtues are above my spiritual status and will lead me to pride, which God does not want. However, God will always accept the prayer for your salvation because this is His will.
Mar Isaac said, “There is nothing more favorable and acceptable in the sight of God than a person praying for the forgiveness of his sins.”
Bishop Youanis of Gharbia