A Simple Heart

Our prayer life needs to move from being mechanical and extrinsic to being mystical and intrinsic. Prayer is the natural expression of the friendship that exists between myself and God, a friendship initiated in love by God. A simple heart is a heart where God is. A simple heart is a pure heart, a heart willing to surrender itself to the will of God. The only thing standing between me and God is me. To pray is to surrender your own power. When you enter into prayer, you must leave your self behind.

Contemplation cultivates a spirit of receptivity and a listening heart. To enter fully into silence, we need to drop all preoccupations, being awake only to the presence of the moment.

“Feeling towards God – even without words – is a prayer. Words support and sometimes deepen the feeling. Guard this gift of feeling, given to you by the mercy of God. How? First and foremost by humility, ascribing everything to grace and nothing to yourself. As soon as you trust to yourself, grace will diminish in you; and if you do not come to your senses, it will cease to work completely.”
-Theophane the Recluse
The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology


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