Fr. Maxym Lysack explains what differentiates the Jesus Prayer from other prayers.
The question is: What differentiates the Jesus prayer from other expressions of prayer, and what is it that makes it particularly effective or powerful? Well, the first thing I want to say is that it is not the only short prayer that Christians prayed historically. We have records of very short prayers that were prayed by Christians in the early centuries. Not all of them are early forms of the Jesus prayer: Lord, help me; God, help me; God, save me. These short prayers…