The Prayer Guide
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The Jesus Prayer
Jesus prayer is a very short, very simple prayer. Yet it can be a key to unlocking a
spiritual doorway that leads us to pray from the heart, rather than from the mind.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
words of the Jesus prayer fall into two halves. The first half expresses the core truth of
our faith in Jesus Christ, that he is the incarnate Son of the Creator God, and that we
ascribe to Him Lordship of ourselves. The second half sums up the wonder of God's
love, that though we are sinners, yet He has mercy upon us and forgives us. The twelve
words the prayer leads us into a balanced expression of both praise
and thanksgiving to our Lord, yet also into penitence and
confession, seeking his forgiveness and mercy.
|Pointers for Prayer :
As you pray the prayer, simply recite it over and over again, and you will discover three
levels of prayer, first described by the 19th C. Russian spiritual teacher, Theophan. The
prayer begins as words, then as we recite it further, we move onto pray the prayer as our
own, owning the thoughts and expression of the prayer. Finally, our hearts take over the
prayer, where the prayer is no longer a series of words and concepts, but gives way to a
touching of our Spirit with God's Spirit.