Sunday, 8 September 2013
Every day with Jesus - saying the Jesus Prayer 6
Started my time with a few of the prayers from Orthodox Morning prayer to "warm up your heart" and then slowly said the Prayer.
Nothing to report in respect of saying the prayer other than the usual, but it accomplished one thing. Having tuned my heart to God it seemed to create a stillness in me that enabled me to lead the services prayerfully - and, I hope, meaningfully. It also provided me with thoughts about the short talk I usually give at the 9.00 Holy Communion service which was based on the story of the ten lepers in Luke 17. Here we find an echo of the Jesus Prayer as the lepers cry out "Jesus, master, have mercy on us." Jesus answers their cry for help but only one receives the wholeness or salvation God offers. It is a wholeness that encompasses not just our bodies but our hearts, our minds and our souls also. This salvation therefore enables us to "love The Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and body."