Monday, 26 November 2012

The Saints on Daily Prayer

The saints teach us that daily prayer is the foundation of a Christian's life. To sustain this life we should pray in the morning and the evening and also throughout the day. The ultimate aim is for our entire life to be one of prayer.  As Saint Paul teaches: "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

One of the ways to accomplish this is to say the Jesus Prayer. This is what Saint Seraphim writes about it:

"Those who have truly decided to serve the Lord God should practice the remembrance of God and uninterrupted prayer to Jesus Christ, mentally saying: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner... By such exercises in preserving oneself from dispersion and keeping peace of conscience one may draw near to God and be united to Him.

The daily practice of the Jesus Prayer involves numerous disciplined repetitions of this short but all powerful prayer.  As we practice it, our mind is reshaped, our thoughts are tamed, our soul's orientation is pointed towards God, and prayer is always on our lips.

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