Have a short prayer that you constantly repeat when your mind is not occupied with other things. This short prayer could simply be “Lord have mercy” or “Lord Jesus Christ have mercy.” The person just might say “Jesus.” A person might say “God,” but just some short prayer that fills the mind when the mind is not working in order to have the remembrance of God in one’s life, in one’s heart. -Fr. Thomas Hopko
Week 5 already. Each of these first 5 maxims Fr. Thomas talks about involve prayer. (There might be more, we’ll have to wait and see.) But I find it interesting that he focuses so much on prayer at the beginning. Prayer is everything.
As St. Tikhon of Zadonsk wrote:
As a bird without wings, as a soldier without arms, so is a Christian without prayer.
Do not forget prayer─it is the life of the soul.
+ St. Nikon of Optina
So let us work this week on Maxim 5 which encourages us to adopt short breath prayers. Enjoy this free printable of Maxim #5.