Evagrius, On Prayer 17–19

17

Go, sell your possessions, and give them to the poor. Then take up your cross and deny yourself so that you can carry out your prayer without distraction.

18

If you want to carry out your prayer in a laudable way, deny yourself hour by hour, and bear philosophically all manner of terrible things for the sake of prayer.

19

Whenever you withstand hardship philosophically, you will find the fruit of this at the time of prayer.

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