Awesome, Almighty, Immortal, the Ancient of Days, The King of kings, the Lord of lords, Eternal and Incomprehensible the CREATOR of the universe, the Giver of Life, the Lord of Hosts, GOD, as we call HIM is Present everywhere and fills all things. HIS creation, the physical Universe which our eyes, scientific instruments and minds can see to some slight degree overwhelms us with itís beauty, grandness, majestic simplicity and endless vastness.
Objects of deep mystery and awesome power make up our immediate "neighborhood." Our home galaxy with its 100 billion suns, is but one of at least 50 billion observable galaxies in the endless, ancient yet always dynamic expanse of space. Searching the Universe, exploring the mysteries that are within it, we see the fingerprints of God Himself.
Though terrible in wonder and grandeur creation is not a cause of fear to those that love God, but a source of inspiration and assurance that HE that has with such detail planned and created all these wonders that we see cares and loves us! For you see my friend, GOD, the CREATOR, is not faceless or impersonal. The CREATOR is our loving FATHER, who loves each human being as if he or she were HIS only creation.
To show us how much HE loves us GOD came down to us in the Person of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, the SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. The ALMIGHTY and Unapproachable CREATOR became MAN and walked among us, and dwelt with us ONE of us in all things except sin. To show how close Jesus our Lord is, the Scriptures say HE came and pitched HIS tent among us.
Though in ancient times people who walked with God did not have a clue to the vastness of His creation the way we do in our times, still spiritually in their heart they felt His Almighty Eternal Holiness and in fear of God and out of love and reverence for Him would not even say His name. To even write the symbols for Godís NAME was considered awesome and fearful.
In writings of the Sacred Scriptures they would write four consonants, that could not be pronounced to express in Hebrew Godís Name. YHWH, "Yahvey," meaning "I Am." Sacred frightening beyond all else Godís Name was not even said.
Coming to us in the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ, God allows us to use His Fearful Name, the Name above all names, in our prayer, in our work. This NAME all Holy and All Powerful is the sweetest of sweet, the joy of all that sorrow the hope of the hopeless, a refuge for all those in need and want. THE NAME: JESUS is ours to have on our lips in prayers and supplication, thanksgiving and praise, to dwell in our heart. In gladness and want, in joy or sorrow there is no greater peace no more powerful ally than the NAME of God Almighty: JESUS CHRIST.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, through the centuries from the time of Christís coming to earth, men and women that love God and live with HIM, using words form a simple one sentence prayer that is repeated using a prayer rope, in every breath day and night, becoming the inward sweetness of the saints, and the great power of the martyrs. This simple prayer is yours to use freely. How to start? Just begin saying with your lips, thoughts, mind and heart the blessed and all holy words:
LORD JESUS CHRIST HAVE MERCY ON ME A SINNER.
Using this simple prayer, humbly, speaking in love to our God and Father as a child would speak to his or her loving Parent, the fire of the Holy Spirit fills the heart with sweetness, joy, and strength.
GOD, THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, THE ALL CONSUMING FIRE, BECOMES OURS, BELONGING TO US, IN OUR HEART FOREVER!!!
Flog your enemies with the Name of Jesus, for there is no weapon more powerful in heaven or on earth. (St. John Climacus 'Ladder of Divine Ascent'." )
See, Mark 10:47; Luke 17:13. Each of these passages indicate a use of Jesusí name to attract his attention successfully and obtain his help. In Luke 18:38 note how the blind man was persistent. The other people could not silence him. The same is in Luke 18:1-8. Also note the prayer in Luke 18:9-14. This has been adapted in the Eastern Orthodox Church by adding the Name of Jesus to the start of the prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me a sinner." "The prayer" as it is called by ascetics and elders of the Holy Mountain, is also known as the Prayer of the Heart, the Jesus Prayer.
Here are some quotes from the Bible to help you understand the importance of the Jesus prayer. The Scriptures are a fragrant garden of Godís grace, so walk here and enjoy. Refresh your spirit with the NAME of JESUS, glorifying HIM in all your work, play and life.
"Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." John 16:23
"John said to him, 'Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.' But Jesus said, "Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me." Mark 9:38-39.
"But these [signs] are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name." John 20:31.
"Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:38.
"But Peter said, 'I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.'" Acts 3:6.
"And by faith in [Jesus'] name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you." Acts 3:16.
"When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, "By what power or by what name did you do this?" Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead." Acts 4:7-10.
"'Grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.' When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness." Acts 4:29-31.
"Then some itinerant Jewish exorcists tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, 'I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.' Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit said to them in reply, 'Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?' Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered them all, and so overpowered them that they fled out of the house naked and wounded. When this became known to all residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks, everyone was awestruck; and the name of the Lord Jesus was praised. Acts 19:13-17.
"Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Phil. 2:9-11.
"Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Col. 3:17.
"And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us." 1John 3:23-24.
(The above scripture quotes are from the New Revised Standard Version, "NRSV").
"Whoever clings to me I will deliver;
whoever knows my name I will set on high.
All who call upon me I will answer;
I will be with them in distress;
I will deliver them and give them honor.
With length of days, I will satisfy them
and show them my saving power."
Begin to pray, do not hesitate to reach out to God. If you have sins that you have committed, actions that you regret, problems that are around you, pray the prayer of Jesus and you will find hope, peace and strength. In time, if you remain humble, the prayer of Jesus will become your breath. You will understand what the Apostle Paul meant when he said to the Christians of the first century, "pray without ceasing."
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