Living the Jesus Prayer
by Irma Zaleski
Published by Continuum Publishing Company ©1997
- The Prayer What the Jesus prayer is and how to pray it.
- Prayer of the Heart Learning to pray from the heart.
- Beginning the Jesus Prayer One must be called to pray the Jesus prayer by the Holy Spirit.
- The Discipline The discipline is to remain attentive during the prayer, otherwise it becomes a worthless mantra.
- Distractions How to use distractions to grow in the practice of prayer.
- Unceasing Prayer How the practice of the Jesus prayer can become a continual rhythm within.
- Guidance The importance of guidance and what may be done when none is to be found.
- Silence of the Heart The nature and importance of true inner silence.
- Desire for the Presence of God The Jesus prayer as a reminder of the simple truth that Christ is present with us at all times.
- Repentance We cannot have a right relationship with the Absolute unless we recognize first our inability to relate because of our sin.
- The Mystery of Evil The Jesus prayer as a path to healing for the pain of our own evil.
- Only God Is Good The closer we get to God, the more we realize how far from Him our sin has placed us.
- A Hymn of Joy Our joyful response to His grace.
- The Offering Our only part in the work of salvation is this offering of ourselves to the mercy of God.
- Spiritual Communion Everything in our lives, surrendered to Christ, becomes united to Him and becomes an expression of His Life.
- We Meet God Alone Each of us is responsible to respond individually to Christ.
- Practice for Death Each of us will stand alone before God when we die. All we can do then is pray for mercy.
- Victory Over Evil Forgiveness and love are the only true victory over evil.
- Christ Our Judge We go before the judge to be healed, not punished.
- The Work of Love The Jesus prayer as a means of intercession.
- Living the Jesus Prayer All of the attitudes discussed in this little book must become a way of life for us. We must keep our hearts open and directed toward the One whose mercy we seek and whose Life we need.