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Besides fasting and alms-giving, prayer is one of three critical spiritual activities for an Orthodox Christian (Matthew 6:1-18). All grace and virtues are attained primarily by prayer and humility, and daily prayer is vital to a healthy spiritual life.

We pray as a habit, and not only when we feel like praying or in times of an emergency. We call this habit a “prayer rule,” and it’s similar to how a musician habitually practices his craft, or how an athlete regularly trains for a contest. If we don’t pray according to some pattern, we will soon discover that we don’t pray very well or very often. The majority of Orthodox Christians pray as follows:

If you don’t already have a prayer rule, please visit the following website to see a sample of one so that you may create your own habit: