On Prayer

The way is narrow that leads to life (Mt. 7:14)

A great treasure of Orthodoxy is its rich spiritual heritage.  A prominent feature of Orthodox spirituality is asceticism.  Asceticism comes from the Greek, askesis, which means practice, bodily exercise and athletic training.  Just as an athlete trains for his sport, the Orthodox Christian practices daily regular spiritual discipline.

Ascetical disciplines include: Prayer, fasting, studying the Word of God, worshiping, serving others, doing missions work, giving alms, etc.  During Lent in preparation of our soul for the passion and resurrection of our Lord we increase our ascetical disciplines.

“If you are not successful in your prayer, you will not be successful in anything, for prayer is the root of everything.”  (Theophan the Recluse)

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  (1 Cor 10:31)

Orthodox Spirituality is the everyday activity of life in communion with God.

Every act, every thought, everything a man thinks and does must be a spiritual act.  Orthodox spirituality is centered on God.  The goal of the Orthodox Christian life is union with God.

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Recommended Reading:

Spirituality, Volume IV of the Orthodox Faith

On Acquisition of the Holy Spirit

On Spiritual Warfare: Divine Energy: The Orthodox Path to Christian Victory

Orthodox Prayers (.pdf)

The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God