Evagrius, On Prayer 38–40

38

Pray persistently first to be cleansed of compulsions; second, for deliverance from ignorance and forgetfulness; and third, from every temptation and sense of abandonment.

39

In your prayer seek only righteousness and the kingdom, that is, virtue and knowledge, and all the rest will be added to you.

40

It is right to pray not only for your own cleansing, but also for all your fellow people, so that you may imitate the way of the angels.

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