Prayer by convention is a prayer read at a certain time by a group of people whose members may be in different places. Prayer books pre-arrange a joint prayer time. Believers need to know with whom and how to pray correctly, when results should be expected.
This species was used by experienced clergymen like St. John of Kronstadt, Fr. John (Krestyankin), Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh. They taught that the prayer by agreement must be read when a person was in distress.
Having united, several Orthodox make requests for the needy. It is believed that such treatment is more effective.
Prayer by agreement is different from individual, as it is based on conciliarity. Its principle is in the Gospel.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “If two of you agree on earth to ask for every work, then whatever they ask for, they will be from my Father in Heaven, for where two or three are gathered in My name, there I am in the midst of them” (Matt 18: 19-20)
Congregational prayer commit several believers gathered in one place. This is a private version of the prayer by agreement.
The difference is that the latter does not require the simultaneous presence of all worshipers in the same temple.
People may be at the farthest distance from each other. Appeal to God unites them on a spiritual level. For example, on January 14, 2018, a world-wide prayer of thanksgiving was held, at which believers read the akathist «Thank God for everything.»
Attended by residents of 1500 cities around the world.
Prayer by agreement has especially spread in our day. This is due to the development of communications and the growth rate of life.
This method does not require the presence of parishioners in the church.
Prayer by convention helps in any troubles of life. It should be read:
- those who are sick;
- in need of wealth;
- dreaming to marry or get married;
- thirsty to gain posterity.
You can ask about finding your vocation, finding a job in a good place, strengthening your family and faith. They pray not only for themselves, but also for their loved ones, as well as for non-believers.
If your family is against a family member praying by agreement, you can turn to God in secret.
When embarking on such a strong ritual, you need to be prepared to start the temptations. Often, the initial prayer leads to a deterioration of the situation.
So the demons frighten people so that those who pray can stop reading. It should gain strength and continue.
Orthodox churches have their own sites where the necessary information is available. If a prayer is read by agreement, then you can take part in it.
The reading schedule and text will be listed on the church resource.
You can read a prayer anywhere — on the road, at work, at home or in the country. The main thing is to do it at the same time as other believers.
The power of such an appeal to God is precisely the simultaneous appeal of all worshipers.
For example, in the church of Prince Vladimir, located in the city of Yekaterinburg, prayer is held daily by agreement. You can join the reading through the head of the Mercy service organized there.
No material contributions are required for this.
At 9:00 pm, parishioners read a prayer of the following content every day ”:
“O Lord our God, Jesus Christ, through Thy pure mouth You have told us: "If the two of you agree on the earth to ask for any business, then whatever they ask, you will be from my Father in heaven. ” With deep faith in the immutability of your words and immense mercy of yours, we ask you to hear your servant (your name) and all those who agreed to humbly ask you to allocate land for the church for the construction of a spiritual and educational center, to strengthen the parish community of our church and to choose its head, and also about your servants (names about health) and give them health and help in their needs; God rest the souls of your dead servants (the names of the repose) and forgive them all the sins, voluntary and involuntary, and grant them the kingdom of heaven.
We ask you to fulfill our requests. However, not as we want, but as you, my God, let your holy will be for all. Amen."
The prayer lists the names of health and repose listed on the site.
Before you begin to pray by agreement, you need to take the blessing from the priest. Batiushka needs to be told that you are going to solve the problem, having prayed together, three or four together.
When the holy father blesses, you need to proceed.
You can invite any Orthodox to the team. He should be partial to your trouble.
There is no need to persuade — if people turn to God, just because they were inconvenient to refuse, such a formal approach would not be beneficial.
Before you begin, you need to confess and take communion. Before the beginning of the prayer, our Father is read.
Appeal to God should be with peace in the soul.
Anyone can join the prayer by agreement. For this you need to read the schedule.
It is indicated in Moscow time.
All believers should read one text. When the time comes, you need to stand in front of the icon and turn to God.
They pray not in Church Slavonic, but in Russian.
Usually the prayer by convention is:
The text may be different. In each temple, prayer by agreement takes place in different ways, as the community chooses an appeal to God, the most suitable for any occasion.
In order for prayer to bring results, it is necessary during the reading to fully concentrate on words, not to be distracted. A request for help should come from a pure heart.
One of the initiators of the revival of the prayer by agreement was Archpriest Vladimir Golovin from the city of Bolgar, located in Tatarstan. In sermons, he answers many questions of believers, including those concerning the subtleties of addressing God by agreement.
In Bolgar they jointly pronounce akathists — laudatory thankful texts dedicated to God, the Virgin Mary, the angel or the saint. On a certain day of the week a prayer service is served on which they are read.
Anyone can join the worshipers. You need to go to the site of the temple of Abraham of Bulgaria, choose an akathist, focusing on your problem, and a convenient time.
If you have questions to Father Vladimir Golovin, then you can ask them on the same Internet resource.
Anyone who wants to be given his name at a prayer service must make a donation. In 2018, this is 700 rubles for one name per year.
It is possible to pay for the service via the Internet.
An indispensable condition is personal participation in prayer. It can not be limited to cash payments.
During the year on the selected day of the week at a certain time you need to read akathist.
Reading schedule in the Bulgar temple of Abraham Bulgarian:
Day of the week
What are they asking for
About getting rid of demonic wiles, finding your destination
About the right choice in difficult situations, about finding a life partner
To be baptized, repent who committed the sin of abortion
Abraham, Bulgarian, miracle worker
On successful trade, business, sick children
On the strengthening of faith in recent times
Mother of God in honor of her icon "Inexhaustible Bowl"
In honor of the icon of the Virgin "Softening of evil hearts"
About ending hostility
In honor of the icon of the Virgin "Vsetsaritsa"
About patients with cancer
On the resolution of material problems, employment, purchase, sale, exchange of housing, travel, people in the courts and prisons
About defenders of life — people serving in the army, police
About the resolution of everyday problems
Mother of God in honor of her icon "Recovery of the dead"
About missing, about sinners
To the martyrs Guria, Sammon and Aviv
About family well-being
About healing the sick
Akathist for the Undead
On deceased Orthodox
Mother of God in honor of her icon "Kazan"
About the world, Russia, Orthodoxy
Protection of the Mother of God
About children, grandchildren, godchildren
In honor of the icon of the Virgin «Unexpected Joy»
To get rid of infertility, for easy childbirth, so that children or other relatives could start a family
Akathist "Thank God for everything"
There are numerous testimonies when such a prayer helped very quickly. Person may pray for many years privately, but not see the result. And only having started a prayer by agreement, he gets what he wants.
It is believed that with a joint appeal to God, the chances of being heard are higher.
But congregational prayer is not a panacea. Sometimes a person prays for a long time, but there is no effect.
This means that the request does not have the will of God.
Believers write about the facts of God’s help on the website of the Bulgarian community "My spiritual lighthouse".
- 1. Olga, who lives in Moscow, could not sell an apartment. Then she and her mother began to read the Akathist to Nicholas the Wonderworker. Soon there was a bargain. It is surprising that she was appointed on Thursday — the day of St. Nicholas.
- 2. Maria from Nizhny Novgorod read akathists «Softener of evil hearts» and Michael the Archangel. Within three days, her husband was given a bonus at work and was freed from exorbitant duties.
- 3. Natalia (St. Petersburg) shared her joy — a long-awaited child appeared in their family. It happened shortly after the woman joined the prayer according to the agreement that goes to Bolgar on Sundays — the akathist began to read in honor of the icon "Unexpected joy".
Especially amazing are the miracles concerning healings.
- 1. Ekaterina from Moscow left a review in which she reported that her father-in-law 3 had been treated for cancer for a long time. In the last year, the family joined the prayer by agreement. As a result, the patient is still alive, although the doctors claimed that he would not live long. In addition, a man who used to be an atheist, began to go to church and even took his first communion and congregation.
- 2. Natalia from the city of Klimovsk on May 23, 2018 left a message on the site, in which she shared the fact of assistance with oncology. Her brother in 2 years from a man who barely walked, turned into a healthy one. After the inclusion of the family in the prayer, by agreement, there were brilliant doctors, money was raised for medicines, and the treatment was a complete success.
The story of one of our readers Alina R .:
Money has always been my main concern. Because of this, I had a bunch of complexes.
I considered myself a failure, problems at work and in my personal life haunted me. However, I decided that I still needed personal help.
Sometimes it seems that the matter is in you, all the failures are only a consequence of bad energy, the evil eye or some other evil force.
But who will help in a difficult life situation, when it seems that all life is rolling down the slope and passing by you. It is difficult to be happy working as a cashier for 26 thousand rubles, when you had to give 11 for renting an apartment.
What was my surprise when my whole life suddenly changed for the better overnight. I could not even imagine that one could earn so much money that at first glance a knickknack could have such an effect.
It all started with the fact that I ordered a personal one.