Making Everything in One’s Life A Prayer

Elder Porphyrios (d. 1991), who was proclaimed a saint by the Greek Church in December 2013, says:

“The person who belongs to Christ turns everything into prayer. He makes both difficulties and tribulations into prayer. Whatever happens to him, he begins, ‘Lord Jesus Christ…’ Prayer is beneficial for everything, even for the simplest of things. For example, if you are suffering from insomnia, don’t think about sleep. Get up and leave your bedroom and then come back in and lie down on your bed as if for the first time, without thinking about whether you will sleep or not. Then concentrate your mind, recite the doxology and then repeat the prayer, ‘Lord Jesus Christ…’ three times over and that way you will fall asleep. […]


In my life, prayer occupies the first place. I do not fear hell and I don’t think of Paradise. I

porphyriosask only for God to have mercy on the whole world and on me. If I repeat ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me’ with intensity, even when I have people around me, I am not distracted from the prayer. It is just the same as when I am on my own. I pray, I receive everyone in the Spirit of Christ, and I am eager to pray for all the people. I try to love Christ. That is my aim. Because of my many illnesses, I’m not able to speak much. But prayer helps more than words.”

(Elder Porphyrios, Wounded by Love, pgs. 130 & 132)