The Jesus Prayer

Posted by saintisaac on April 12, 2010 at 4:07 PM

A few thoughts on the prayer of Jesus which is simply stated:


"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!" 


Accounts tell us the prayer likely finds roots in the Eygptian desert which was settled in the 5th century by monastic Desert Fathers. 


The prayer becomes a point of reflection for us as earlier this year, the ++Archbishop began leading corporate declarations of it.  These declarations began in our Friday morning prayer time and continued through Holy Week 2010. 


With strong pentecostal roots, I know what it means to be a part of a fiery prayer meeting.  You know what I mean by fiery?  Hair standing on end, loud, prophetic declarations, smearing of oil, speaking in tongues and so on.


Still, I have yet to have been a part of a more fiery prayer meeting than the ones we have had recently where the silence is only pentrated by an acknowledgment of our Lord as the Christ and the Son of God, followed by the cry of repentance.   


Our collective voices uttering these simple words as a community have echoed through my heart and mind long after the praying of them together at the Altar.  True prayer has less to do with the volume of our voice, the excellence of our speech and the amount of action happening around us and more to do with the sincerity and purity of our hearts.  


I'm sure a child's few words of quiet prayer causes far more chaos in the heavenlies than hours of excellent prayer prayed by a master of religion!  Oh, that our prayers would be like that of a child;  simple and trusting!  The Jesus prayer, prayed in sequence will lead one to both simplicity and trust.   



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