Elder Amphilochius Makris of Patmos on Prayer

Elder Amphilochius Makris

With the [Jesus] prayer man becomes like a child. It brings him back to the simplicity and innocence that Adam had in Paradise before the fall. With the prayer one acquires blessed, holy dispassion. Through the prayer you sanctify the place you are sitting and the work you are doing. Prayer arranges all things. It enables you to walk on water. It eliminates distances between you and others. It changes the will of others. It gives courage, faith, and patience in life.

* This excerpt is from “Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit: The Lives & Counsels of Contemporary Elders of Greece” translated and compiled by Herman A. Middleton

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