The Way of a Pilgrim”...
Sit down in silence. Lower your head, shut your eyes, breathe out gently, and imagine yourself looking into your own heart. Carry your mind, that is, your thoughts, from your head to your heart. As you breathe out, say, 'Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.' Say it moving your lips gently or simply say it in your mind. Try to put all other thoughts aside. Be calm, be patient, and repeat the process very frequently.
You should read a book called the Philokalia. There you will find a full and complete study of how to reach the spiritual prayer of Jesus in the mind and heart and taste the sweet fruit of it.
Ah, dear brother, how much disaster we meet with just because we are lazy about seeking Light for our souls through the Word of Truth. We do not study God's law day and night, and we do not pray diligently and unceasingly. And because of this our inner man is hungry and cold, starved, so that it has no strength to take a bold step forward upon the road of righteousness and salvation!
Take the chotki and use it while you repeat the prayer - whether you are standing, sitting, walking, or lying down, continue to repeat: 'Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me!'; do not be loud or rush the prayer, but without fail repeat it during each day.
Prayer is the source of all good actions and virtue. Our only contribution toward perfection in prayer, the mother of all spiritual good, is regularity and constancy.
Unceasing interior prayer is the continual striving of man's spirit toward God. To succeed in this delightful exercise, you must beseech the Lord more frequently that He teaches you how to pray unceasingly. Pray more and ever more earnestly, and the prayer itself will reveal to you how it can become unceasing.
Neither the wisdom of this world nor mere superficial curiosity can attain to the Divine illumination of unceasing interior prayer. On the contrary, it is the humble, simple heart that attains to such spirit, through poverty of the spirit and a living experience of it.
Many people treat prayer in an inverted way, thinking that it is one's efforts and the preparatory steps that give rise to the prayer, rather than the prayer itself giving birth to good works and all the virtues.
Truth cannot be acquired, the flesh with its passions and lusts cannot be crucified, the heart cannot be filled with the Light of Christ and united with Him, through salvation, unless these are preceded by frequent prayer.
If one makes a habit of the supplication 'Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me', one will experience great comfort and a need to repeat this prayer unceasingly, so that eventually one will not be able to live without it and the prayer will flow of its own accord.
Quotes from the
The mind when it unites with the heart is filled with unspeakable joy and delight. Then a man sees that the Kingdom of heaven is truly within us. Constantly repeat the prayer: 'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me!' and never cease. For this practice, keeping the mind from dreaming, renders it invincible against all suggestions of the devil and every day leads it more and more to love and longing for God.
When you turn to God in prayer, be in your thoughts as an ant, as a serpent of the earth, like a worm, like a stuttering child. Do not speak to Him something philosophical or high-sounding, but approach Him with a child's attitude.
St. Isaac the Syrian
The incessant invocation of Lord's name is a medicine which mortifies not just the passions, but even their influence. Just as the physician puts medications or dressings on a wound that it might be healed, without the patient even knowing the manner of their operation, so also the name of God, when we invoke it, mortifies all passions, though we do not know how that happens.
St. Barsanuphius the Great
Being enslaved by passions, let us persevere in praying to the Lord: for all those who have reached the state of passionlessness did so with the help of such indomitable prayer. If, therefore, you tirelessly train your mind never to stray from the words of the prayer, it will be there even at mealtime.
St. John Climacus
Prayer needs no teacher. It requires diligence, effort and personal ardor, and then God will be its teacher.
St. Meletius the Confessor
Remain in our Lord God until He shows compassion on us. Ask for nothing else other than mercy from the Lord of Glory. When you seek mercy, do so with a humble and contrite heart, and cry out from morning until evening, and if possible all night long: 'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.' Force your mind to carry out this work until death...
St. John Chrysostom
I beseech you, do not distance your hearts from God, but patiently persist and always guard your heart with the memory of our Lord Jesus Christ, until the name of our Lord is planted within the heart... Please do not cease with this rule of prayer, but whether you are eating or drinking or walking or doing anything else, ceaselessly cry out: 'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us'.
St. John Chrysostom
We have learned from experience that for one who wishes to purify his heart it is truly a great blessing to constantly invoke the name of the Lord Jesus against his intelligible enemies. It is written: 'Prepare yourself, O Israel, to call upon the name of the Lord your God' (Amos 4:12). The Apostle also says: 'Pray without ceasing' (1 Thes. 5:17). Our Lord Himself says: 'Without Me you can do nothing. If a man dwells in Me, and I in him, then he brings forth much fruit.' Prayer is a great blessing, and it embraces all blessings, for it purifies the heart, in which God is seen by the believer.
St. Hesychios the Priest
Cast aside cares, strip yourself from thoughts, and abandon your body; for prayer is nothing other than detachment from the visible and invisible world. Flog the enemies (the demons) with the name of Jesus, for there is no stronger weapon in heaven or on earth.
St. John Climacus
Let me again beseech you to have Jesus as the sweet contemplation of your heart; let Jesus be the preoccupation of your tongue... In brief, let Jesus be your breath, and never grow tired of calling upon Jesus. From such a perpetual and most sweet memory of Jesus, the great theological virtues - faith, hope, and love - will grow and mature and become great trees in your heart... By remembering Jesus and saying the Jesus Prayer, we cultivate in our heart love for Jesus and His commandments.
St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite
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