– Can we experience God without prayer?
– Those people, who do not know prayer, cannot experience God. They may know a lot about God. They may even be professors of theology, but people can experience God only through prayer. That is why we implore people to dedicate much time to pronounce the Jesus prayer. Not only for two hours in the evening, or during the Divine Liturgy, but say it during the daytime; say it all the time. In the beginning, we gave ourselves a task: to pronounce the Jesus prayer all day long; the prayer became dull, and we began to relax. That is why we remind you once again: say this prayer, as it should be not only your obedience, it should be your joy. Because when you have this prayer, nothing can be compared to this state, no kind of joy.
Archpriest Sergiy Baranov