From our Old Testament reading for today, from Isaiah: ‘O Lord, we wait for thee; thy memorial name is the desire of our soul. My soul yearns for thee in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks thee’.

This text recalls the ‘Jesus Prayer’, or prayer of the Name of Jesus. Here is some of what Metropolitan Antony Bloom wrote about it: ‘Those who have read “The Way of a Pilgrim” are familiar with the expression “The Jesus Prayer”. It refers to a short prayer the words of which are: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner,” constantly repeated. The Way of a Pilgrim is the story of a man who wanted to learn to pray constantly. … The prayer is profoundly rooted in the spirit of the gospel, and it is not in vain that the great teachers of Orthodoxy have always insisted on the fact that the Jesus Prayer sums up the whole of the gospel. … It is a very companionable prayer, a friendly one, always at hand and very individual in spite of its monotonous repetitions. Whether in joy or in sorrow, it is, when it has become habitual, a quickening of the soul, a response to any call of God. The words of St Symeon, the New Theologian, apply to all its possible effects on us: “Do not worry about what will come next, you will discover it when it comes”’.

May our longing for Jesus, our searching for Him, lead always to prayer, and may His Name be constantly on our lips and hearts; and may He bless you this day.