If you have not read this little book, I would highly recommend it. Though the book is addressed to those in ministry, the content is applicable to anyone seeking to strengthen their prayer life. It has been one of the favorites in my library for some time, and each time I pull it out to read, I find something new and enlightening in the message.
The form of prayer described in the book was new to me when I first encountered it only a few years ago. However, it is an ancient practice that was developed by the Desert Fathers and Mothers of the 3rd and 4th Centuries. It was out of this group of devout Christian men and women who fled to the desert that monasticism was founded.
There are three chapters: Solitude, Silence, and Prayer. The last chapter talks about the Jesus Prayer–Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. This prayer is the words of the Publican found in Luke 18:13.
As the Russian Orthodox Chotki uses the Jesus prayer, I helped the group make their own Chotkis. Above is a photo I took of their beautiful handiwork.