I find my prayer life becoming more simple. I didn’t say simplistic.
Quite the opposite, I find that I am drawn to the Biblical prayers; the Ancient words that quickly “put me in my place” as the beloved forgiven sinner who belongs to the Mighty and Good God! I mentioned this idea in last week’s teaching on The Battle with Anxiety.
Here are three of my “Go-To Prayers.”
The Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”
There are variations based on the biblical references (e.g. Luke 18:13, 38 and historical usage.) See this previous post on the use of the Jesus Prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer: the pattern given to Jesus’ disciples when asked, “Teach us to pray!” All true prayer is contained here. Let’s use it as both a prayer and a frame upon which to hang our every petition. Look at this article about how Martin Luther practiced and taught using this prayer and other scriptures.
The Lenten Prayer of Ephrem the Syrian: Read a great commentary on this 4th cent. prayer.
O Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of
apathy, despondency, ambition, and empty talk.
But give rather the spirit of
purity, humility, patience, and love to Your servant.
Yes, O Lord and King!
Grant me to see my own errors
and not to judge my brother or sister;
For You are blessed forever, to ages of ages. Amen!