Being Prayer – Doing Prayer

“Prayer of the heart, then, is no longer prayer of one faculty alone, but prayer of the entire person, spirit, soul, and body together. It is precisely at this stage that prayer becomes not just something we do but something we are – something, moreover, that we are not just from time to time but continually. In this way St. Paul’s injunction becomes a realized fact: ‘Pray without ceasing’ (1 Thess. 5:17). Nor is this all. Since the heart is not only the center of our created personhood but also the place where Christ and the Holy Spirit dwell within us, prayer of the heart is not so much something that we do as something that God does; not so much my prayer as the prayer of Christ in me (Gal. 2:20).” Kallistos Ware, From the forward of On the Prayer of Jesus, By Ignatius Brianchaninov, pg. xxix.

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