[Praying the Jesus Prayer] itself is simple: Repeat silently again and again the phrase “Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.”
What do we do with the distractions? What do we do when our mind wanders? … We just go back to repeating the prayer. …
The important thing is to keep trying. Go back to the prayer; use times of solitude, such as time in the car, given to you in your schedule.
—Daniel Wolpert, Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices (Upper Room Books. 2003)
How comfortable are you with repeating one phrase over and over as you pray? Join the conversation.
As Jesus was leaving Jericho, together with his disciples and a sizable crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, Timaeus’ son, was sitting beside the road. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, show me mercy!”
—Mark 10:46b-47 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Our Father* in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
*Use whatever name for God you prefer, such as Creator, Sustainer, etc.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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