– Father, I have already asked you about my son, who converted to paganism. You advised me to love him and pray hard for him. What does it mean to pray hard? What prayer or akathists should I read? Forgive me, if I ask something wrong. I trust you and I need your advice very much.
– Not the shape, but Christ is the most relevant in prayer. The most important is to find Christ in prayer. Then you will not need to explain anything to Him; He understands everything without words. Just say, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…” all the time and you may make bows. You should not explain anything to him and amend your requests. You just need to appeal to Him, and He will do everything else. The Holy Gospel says, “Ask, and it will be given to you” (Mt. 7:7). That is why we need to pray the Jesus prayer without ceasing. The main thing is not our request, but Him.
Archpriest Sergiy Baranov