Prayer from the Heart

by Scott D. Hendricks

Every prayer must come from the heart, and any other prayer is no prayer at all.  Prayer-book prayers, your own prayers, and very short prayers, all must issue forth from the heart to God, seen before you.  And still more must this be so with the Jesus Prayer.

~ St. Theophan the Recluse

E. Kadloubovsky and G. E. H. Palmer, trans., The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo, (New York: Faber and Faber, 1997), 63.