The easiest way to say what’s contained in the Jesus Prayer is this: it’s Good Friday and it’s Easter.
Lord Jesus Christ, son of God – Easter
Have mercy on me, a sinner – Good Friday
It’s always Easter, and it’s always Good Friday. You can’t have one without the other.
The richness of the Jesus Prayer is that it also concentrates on the divinity of Jesus. That’s why it really is a very orthodox, in every sense of the word, devotion. It’s a way of praying our faith in the Incarnation and, at the same time, bowing to the divine.
From An Altar in Your Heart, by the Rt. Rev. Bob Hibbs, Stillpoint-by-the-Sea Books 1998, contact the publisher to see if the book is still in print at email@example.com.
The Jesus Prayer from the website of The Orthodox Church in America http://oca.org/about
The most normal form of unceasing prayer in the Orthodox tradition is the Jesus Prayer. The Jesus Prayer is the form of invocation used by those practicing mental prayer, also called the “prayer of the heart.” The words of the prayer most usually said are “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” The choice of this particular verse has a theological and spiritual meaning.
First of all, it is centered on the name of Jesus because this is the name of Him whom “God has highly exalted,” the name given to the Lord by God Himself (Luke 1:31), the “name which is above every name.” (Philippians 2:9-10, cf Ephesians 1:21)
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Prayer of the Heart, from the website of Contemplative Ministries of the Pacific Northwest
In the Christian tradition this practice of uniting ourselves with the inner Life of Christ in prayer word and breath comes to us from the desert fathers and mothers of early Christianity. We know this practice as the Prayer of the Heart. Over time for many in Eastern Christianity the form of the Prayer of the Heart most commonly known was the Jesus Prayer. Various forms of the Jesus prayer have been used through the centuries, but the simplest and most easily aligned with the breath is the holy name of Jesus or Yeshua.
Read more at:http://www.prayeroftheheart.com/POHMethod.html