“Lord have mercy. Have mercy on my darkness, my weakness, my confusion. Have mercy on my infidelity, my cowardice, my turning about in circles, my wandering, my evasions. I do not ask anything but such mercy, always, in everything, mercy. My life here–a little solidity and very much ashes. Almost everything is ashes. What I have prized most is ashes. What I have attended to least is, perhaps, a little solid. Lord have mercy. Guide me, make me want again to be holy, to be a man of God, even though in desperateness and confusion. I do not necessarily ask for clarity, a plain way, but only to go according to your love, to follow your mercy, to trust in your mercy. If I am to be condemned by men, make me strong and quiet under their condemnation and above all show me how not to condemn them in return, but to forget any harm they may have intended. Or not even to question their intentions. I do not go anywhere out of ambition–I seek nothing for myself. (That is: I want to seek nothing for myself.) Or perhaps I want to seek nothing at all if this be possible, but only to be led without looking and without seeking. For thus to seek is to find.”T Merton
Bjork sings the Jesus Prayer
When its Hot….
At the Dwelling Place, George Bebawi shared a prayer written by his mentor Philemon, a hermit monk.
When it is hot pray for the fire of the Holy Spirit and let this outside heat be your constant reminder.
When it is cold pray for more unity with the Lord and let the cold remind you of how sin can bring the coldness of heart and put out the fire of love.
When it rains, pray for the free grace which is given to all of us and pray for those who have not the grace of God in their life.
At midday our Lord was crucified do not let go of this moment in which we were reconciled to God. It is time to forgive all sins and injuries that we have sustained.
When you see the clouds pray for the Shekinah of God to protect you from evil. Pray also that this Shekinah overshadow the church.
At evening, it is time to remember our own death and give an account of what has happened during the day. Let us give thanks for what we have done and pray for the people whom we have seen and pray for a peaceful time for our sleep.
May the trees remind you of our growth Ps 1:3 and the roads of Jesus who is our Way, the building of our eternal dwelling with the Holy Trinity where we will not dwell in what is made by hands.
When we enter our dwellings let us remember our eternal dwelling in God and pray to be secured by God’s justifying grace which cannot be compared with our doors and walls.
If you have your hope in the life to come and in the resurrection and the eternal life pray that your bed be your grave and your covers be your shrouds. Say with the Lord, ‘Father into your hands I commit my spirit and sleep.
Do not let this become the chains of servitude.
As for the movements of our body:
When you sit to pray, you are sitting at the Right-hand of God the Father in Jesus Christ.
When you stand to pray, you are in the position of the resurrection with Christ our Lord.
When you kneel to pray, say the same words of our Lord in the garden and surrender daily to regain your peace the gift of God to us.
Enjoy sleeping as someone who is waiting to be raised by the Lord.
When getting dressed, pray that the Lord may take away the old life and give you the new one.
Give thanks for everything you eat and drink, for this is not in essence separated form the Holy Eucharist. If Christ is the food and the nourishment of your life then every meal will become a chance to pray to receive Him and to be nourished by Him waiting for the Meal that gave new meaning for every meal.
May your walking be always a renewal to commit your life to the Way of the One who is our only Mediator.
This does not mean, however, that each of the above should be performed with particular words or fixed manners; nor does one fix a particular way of behavior, because the sense of the presence of the Lord is the goal of prayer.
Our prayers and our behavior are unified to adjust our life to our fellowship with the Lord.