June 23, 2006 Length: 60:55
In this program we discuss the topic of "personal prayer" in the Orthodox Tradition. Liturgical (corporate) and personal prayer are tightly linked together because the goal of all prayer is, ultimately, union with God. To "pray without ceasing" (I Thess. 5:17) is to live every moment consciously in the presence of God and to "take every thought captive to Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5). The Fathers teach that when we set ourselves to pray seriously, we enter the arena of spiritual warfare with the hosts of Satan whose aim is to keep us from God. As in all things, the Orthodox Christian succeeds in prayer through humility and simplicity - and the Jesus Prayer and the prayer rope are our aids in making our lives, as Paul Evdokimov says, "prayer incarnate."
"As a teacher, I need calm amid the storm of the day. During my planning period, lunch, and after school, I listen to Ancient Faith Radio to relax and praise God. Primarily after school, I tune to interviews and various podcasts. I have been contemplating converting to Orthodoxy for quite some time. This station guides me as I journey. From the depths of my soul, I thank you."