The Jesus Prayer is a quick, easy and powerful prayer. Pray it anytime and anywhere. Use it as a prayer of repentance. Pray for the needs and desires of yourself and others. However, there are four prerequisites for results.
In this article, you will learn some interesting facts about the Jesus Prayer and other prayers of mercy. In the Old Testament, Psalm 22 is a prayer for mercy. David wrote it 1,000 years before the birth of Jesus. The prayer contains Messianic prophecies about Jesus birth (Psalm 22:9) and Jesus Crucifixion (Psalms 22:12-18). Also, it references Jesus Resurrection and Jesus Second Coming. (Psalms 22:27-31).
In Christianity today, the “salvation prayer” or “Sinner’s prayer” can be used as a Jesus Prayer of mercy. It is a spontaneous prayer based on Christ teaching and principles. Evangelical Christians sometimes use it as a global witnessing tool.
Made from twelve words, the New Testament Jesus Prayer is at least 2,000 years old. It reads “ Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner.”
However, according to some, the Jesus Prayer comes from Christ Teaching of the Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (Luke 18: 9-14).
The Jesus Prayer is known as the “Unceasing Prayer.” The Apostle Paul stated, “pray without ceasing,” in First Thessalonians 5:17. It was initially practiced by spiritual desert fathers in monastic communities. They were trying to find out what Paul meant by “praying without ceasing.” Dating back to the 4th -19th, they begin repeating the Jesus Prayer. It was a means of praying, repeatedly. The Jesus Prayer was also used to ward off temptation. There are three names and uses for the Jesus Prayer. Each prayer or stage can be used in separate settings.
Stage 1 of the Jesus Prayer is called “The Arrow Prayer.” It is a lip prayer. It has its origin in Eastern, Christian, Catholic and Orthodox Churches. It goes straight to the heart of God. It will not interrupt what you are doing. It is an urgent prayer or emergency prayer. Sometimes the name “Jesus” is all you need to say. Other names are missile or microwave prayers. Some call them dart, flash or hurry prayers.
Stage 2 of the Jesus Prayer is also called the “Mental Prayer.” The Fathers of the Early Christian Apostolic Church recommended it. Today, it is called “soaking prayer.” The mind is focused in this stage. There are no distractions. You are talking to God from your heart. Physically and spiritually, it is silent or secret prayer in a silent or secret place. It is time set aside to focus on or seek the face of God. It can be done with or without instrumental worship music.
Stage 3 of the Jesus Prayer is referred to as “The Prayer of the Heart.” It originates from the Early Eastern Orthodox and Apostolic Christian Church. It is deep prayer. Your goal is to pray from the heart. In this stage, the heart and mind become one with Christ. As a Holy Spirit-filled Christian, you can enter the Presence of God through spontaneous prayer. Guided by the Holy Spirit, you can pray in supernatural tongues. Repentance is a prerequisite in all stages.
Some android apps feature the Jesus Prayer. Masterpieces by artists, such as El Greco, use the theme to paint “Christ Healing the Blind Man.” Christian song artists write songs using the theme of the Jesus Prayer. Sermon videos are also centered around the theme.
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