The power is not in the words

by Scott D. Hendricks

To pray is quite straightforward. Stand with the mind in the heart before the face of the Lord and cry: ‘Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me’, or just: ‘Lord have mercy’, ‘Most merciful Lord, have mercy upon me, a sinner’–or with any other words. The power is not in the words, but in the thoughts and feelings.

~ 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), 62.