The Jesus Prayer appears to be straightforward. At the most basic level, you merely repeat the words “Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have compassion on me.” The words can appear to be little more than a request for Divine Compassion. The prayer is a practice for receiving compassion rather than for self-compassion. But what the words say merely scratches the surface of the power of this compassion practice. We experience the power of the prayer when it moves us from a place of receiving Divine Compassion to a place where we offer compassion to ourselves.
—Andrew Dreitcer, Living Compassion: Loving Like Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
—Matthew 9:36 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, give us compassion and humility in our hearts. Let us be kind, gentle, generous, loving, giving, and forgiving wherever we may go. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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