Evagrius, On Prayer 41–43

41

See to it that you are truly present with God in your prayer rather than being overcome by the desire for human praise. When you spur yourself with human praise you are using prayer as a veil to true presence.

42

Whether you are praying with your brothers and sisters, or all alone, strive to carry out your prayer not through habit, but with perception.

43

Perception in prayer is the reverent and sorrowful awareness of a soul in pain from the confession of its faults by silent groaning.

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