PRAYER: The Short and the Sweet — Arrow Prayers

The Value of Sparrows

Arrow prayers are, essentially, one-line (or two) prayers said in the moment.  They are characterized as very heartfelt and sincere petitions that sum up the problem nicely.  The term, arrow prayer, was coined by Augustine to describe an early Coptic form of monastic prayer.

Since the arrow is mentioned, I will describe these prayers as going to the heart of the matter in a most swift and efficient manner.

What do you think?

One of these days I want to set aside some time to sit down and come with some of my own.  But, perhaps, setting some time aside to sit down and create these would be defeating the purpose — they are supposed to be spontaneous, and instant in their creation, after all.

Oh well.

Here are some examples:

O Lord, you know how busy I must be this day; if I forget you, do not forget me:…

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