The Jesus Prayer
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
When Jesus was coming close to Jericho, a blind man sat begging
beside the road. The man heard the crowd walking by and asked what
was happening. Some people told him that Jesus from Nazareth was
passing by. So the blind man shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have
mercy on me!” The people who were going along with Jesus told the
man to be quiet. But he shouted even louder, “Son of David, have
mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and told some people to bring the blind
man over to him. When the blind man was getting near, Jesus asked,
“What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see!” he
answered. Jesus replied, “Look and you will see! Your eyes are
healed because of your faith.” Right away the man could see, and he
went with Jesus and started thanking God. When the crowds saw what
happened, they praised God. Luke 18:35-43
Two men went into the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the
other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood over by himself and
prayed, “God, I thank you that I am not greedy, dishonest, and
unfaithful in marriage like other people. And I am really glad that
I am not like that tax collector over there. I go without eating
for two days a week, and I give you one tenth of all I earn.” The
tax collector stood off at a distance and did not think he was good
enough even to look up toward heaven. He was so sorry for what he
had done that he pounded his chest and prayed, “God, have pity on
me! I am such a sinner.” Then Jesus said, “When the two men went
home, it was the tax collector and not the Pharisee who was
pleasing to God. If you put yourself above others, you will be put
down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honoured.” Luke 18:13
What are tools that you use to help you in your walk with Jesus? There are different tools for different people, some we pull out regularly, even daily, some every now and then, or just for a season. Here is one we learned and practiced last week… One that has become a regular part of my day the last couple weeks since MJ first shared it with me.
The Jesus Prayer... seated comfortably with your head bowed, attend to your breathing, then begin the prayer in rhythm with your breathing.
Breathe in: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,”
Breathe out: “have mercy on me, a sinner.”
Guarding the mind against all distractions, the prayer focuses during every repetition on the meaning of the words, praying them from the heart and in the heart.
(This is usually done with the help of a prayer rope which has 100 knots in it to help keep track of your repetitions. Instead of a rope, we used a set of 100 boxes to tick… great for the kinisthetic in us that eagerly looks for something tangible to help our minds focused!! Click Here: prayer ropes. for a good web site for ordering. I will just stick to the boxes or incorporate it into my day.)
I have used it through out the day recently… whenever I sense flesh taking over the Spirit! It has been incredibly “refocusing” (is that a word?) I said it working out today… I felt so light and free and Spirit controlled when I was through.
There is a wonderful story of a Russian guy wandering the country side searching for a way to pray without ceasing… and this is what he was told by a…? some leader in a church… its an incredible story, and if I could find it on the internet, I would direct you to it, but I can't. Someone let me know if you find it! Here is a book you could purchase or borrow from a library: The Way of a Pilgrim
This isn't a convincing argument of why you should 🙂 I am not too good in that way. But, if you would like another tool in your walk. Maybe try this one.
p.s. Kevin Hardwick… to what was your comment referring? – I am assuming it wasn't referring to us moving house. There is much nonsense in moving, but not the kind you were referring to I am sure.