To help you pray a little better here is a little pointer that some may find helpful. Reflecting on today’s Gospel, going up the mountain – even helped by the community – is the act of will, what will happen up there is Grace. In ‘Jesus Prayer’ we go up the mountain in the company of Jesus himself as the apostles did in the gospel narrative of today. So here is the method:
Quieten yourself in an attitude of prayer. Take a very comfortable posture. Sit upright with your back straight, but be relaxed. (If you are seated on a chair, try to place your feet comfortably on the floor.) Have your prayer beads [these could be a Rosary or another form of beads] in hand. Close your eyes gently. Become aware of your breathing. As you breathe out, relax the different parts of your body. Take time to relax. Relaxing is the first act of faith: if God is in control, why be anxious. Be attentive but relaxed. Do not manipulate the breathing, just be aware. When you are ready, begin to pray: as you breathe in, say quietly: “Jesus, son of the living God.” And as you breathe out, say: “Have mercy on me.” As you do this, consciously move a bead with your fingers. And as you breathe out, relax. Get into a rhythm. From time to time check your posture. Be aware of your thoughts. When you realize your thoughts have gone astray gently return your attention to your breathing, to the beads, and to the invocation. Non-judgmentally see your thoughts drifting off. Effortlessly bring back your attention to the prayer. Focus on Jesus.
Be aware of your feelings, here and now. Just savour the moment. When you feel perhaps you don’t need the sentence or the other tools anymore, remain in the silence of your heart, being aware of the presence of God. Be open to God. When you realize that the emptiness itself has melted away come back to the breathing, the invocation, and the beads. Conclude the prayer by personally reviewing the session: how is God moving you from within? Thanks to Fr. Selvam for sharing this, a happy and holy Lent, God Bless