Evagrius, On Prayer 53–55

53

The state of prayer is a condition free from compulsion that through desire for the highest good conducts the philosophic and spiritual mind to the summit of mental and spiritual reality.

54

The one who really wishes to carry out their prayer should rule not only over their lust and anger, but become free of every compulsive thought.

55

By turning away every compulsive thought, the one who loves God continually converses with him as with a father.

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