About Orthodox Prayer / Christian Life

“The Lord Himself will teach us to pray. We won’t learn prayer on our own nor will anyone else teach us.  Let’s not say, ‘I have made such-and-such a number of prostrations, so I have obtained the divine grace,’ but rather let us entreat the pure light of divine knowledge to shine from within and open our spiritual eyes so we may understand His divine message.

In this way, without ever realizing it, we will love God without struggle or exertion. What is difficult for man is easy for God. We will love God suddenly as grace will take over us. If we love Christ deeply, the prayer will flow on its own. Christ will always be on our mind and in our heart.”— St. Porphyrios, Wounded by Love

A pilgrimage begins with a prayer. A prayer is a “pilgrimage” of its own kind, a silent and gradual ascent to higher levels of spirituality, to closeness with God. During our life’s struggles as Christians, we rely on prayer as our immediate assistant in times of need, or when our heart sings praises to the glory of God’s love.

What is an Orthodox prayer rule, how can one use the Jesus prayer and what else to read about prayer – the following resource  will be of great assistance to anyone exploring the world of prayer.
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