Prayer in the Orthodox Church
"He who is able to pray correctly, even if he is the poorest of all people, is essentially the richest. And he who does not have proper prayer, is the poorest of all, even if he sits on a royal throne"
- St John Chrysostom
Prayer is the elevation of the mind and the heart
to God in praise, in thanksgiving, and in petition for the spiritual
and material goods we need. Our Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to
enter into our inner room and there pray to God the Father in secret. This inner room means the heart, the core of our being.
The Apostle Paul says that we must always
pray in our spirit. He commands prayer for all Christians without
exception and asks us to pray unceasingly.
Orthodox Christians engage in both corporate
and personal prayer. One’s individual prayer life is balanced with
participation in the liturgical services of the Church where the
whole community gathers for prayer and worship
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