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The Jesus Prayer...may I pray it?
« on: October 25, 2011, 04:45:22 PM »
As I am not Orthodox yet (I am simply an inquirer at the moment, would love to join very soon though!) I was wondering if it was okay to pray the Jesus Prayer. Do I need to be under the guidance of a Priest? Or should I wait until I convert?


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Re: The Jesus Prayer...may I pray it?
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2011, 05:11:08 PM »
"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner"

The only time you should refrain from praying these words would be when you do not desire what you are asking for in the prayer.
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Re: The Jesus Prayer...may I pray it?
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2011, 05:12:10 PM »
Yes you can.  Guidance from your priest is a good idea.

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Re: The Jesus Prayer...may I pray it?
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2011, 05:29:09 PM »
Yes, go right ahead.

A priest's guidance is helpful in learning to pray in general, not just for this prayer. When you're starting out, it's helpful because new beginners often try to do too much. Then they inevitably burn out, get discouraged, and stop praying altogether.

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Re: The Jesus Prayer...may I pray it?
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2011, 09:40:33 PM »
Yes, go right ahead.

A priest's guidance is helpful in learning to pray in general, not just for this prayer. When you're starting out, it's helpful because new beginners often try to do too much. Then they inevitably burn out, get discouraged, and stop praying altogether.

Very wise words -- exactly what happened to me when I started out. I also would remember to try and focus on the words and pray slowly.

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Re: The Jesus Prayer...may I pray it?
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2011, 09:06:40 AM »
"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner"

The only time you should refrain from praying these words would be when you do not desire what you are asking for in the prayer.
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Re: The Jesus Prayer...may I pray it?
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2011, 11:57:31 AM »
As I am not Orthodox yet (I am simply an inquirer at the moment, would love to join very soon though!) I was wondering if it was okay to pray the Jesus Prayer.
Yes.
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Do I need to be under the guidance of a Priest?
No.

Unless you're planning on doing it 3,000 times a day or something like that, and then probably. But my reasons for saying that are because a decent priest would tell you to slow it down. Prayer in a time of contemplation or temptation never hurt anybody who truly meant it. Unchecked zeal, however, has killed many men.
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Or should I wait until I convert?
No.


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