Three simple stages of prayer – John Climacus

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Before all else, let us list sincere thanksgiving first on the scroll of our prayer.  On the second line, we should put confession and heartfelt contrition of soul.  Then let us present our petition to the King of all.  This is the best way of prayer, as it was shown to one of the brethren by an angel of the Lord.

[John of the Ladder, The Ladder of Divine Ascent]

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