Saturday, April 02, 2011
Living the Story #22, Lent 2011
`God, be merciful to me a sinner!' Luke 18: 13
Orthodox believers teach this prayer (that is a variation of what we read in Jesus' story in Luke 18) as containing the whole gospel. It speaks of Christ and his position. He is the Son of God. He is Lord. He is Christ, the Messiah (or anointed/chosen one).
It speaks of our position before God. We are a people in need. We so easily lose our way. And the only hope we have is, with empty hands, receiving his mercy.
This prayer, "the Jesus Prayer" as the Orthodox mystics call it, is a nice little prayer to tuck into your heart.
You can READ HERE for more on the Jesus Prayer and it's variations. Also, I would suggest a great little book about this kind of praying called The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen. You can check it out HERE.