«Prayer: the test, the source, the driving force… of all things»

First Christians of Kiev. Painting by Vasily Perov (1880)

First Christians of Kiev. Painting by Vasily Perov (1880)

By Fr. Andrew Jarmus

«Prayer is the test of everything; prayer is also the source of everything; prayer is the driving force of everything; prayer is also the director of everything. If prayer is right, everything is right. For prayer will not allow anything to go wrong.» — St. Theophan the Recluse

Perhaps the most popular and basic definition of prayer is that it is a conversation with God. While this is essentially true, Orthodox Christianity, looks upon prayer as something even deeper than «conversation».

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