Monday, November 21, 2016

The Jesus Prayer

"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner."

This is the Jesus Prayer, which comes to us from the Orthodox tradition. In its few words, we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to confess Jesus as Lord and Messiah, Jesus' deity, our sin, and both our need for and faith in His mercy.

The Jesus Prayer is both a simple heart cry and a profound statement of mature faith and theological truth. It's a humble submission to the God we know in Christ for all who say it, not as a rote recitation, but as an honest call out to the God.

Read here and here to learn more about this historic prayer.

[Blogger Mark Daniels is pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.]

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