In addition, it is also an important part of the Divine Liturgy service.It is a simple prayer, but it is also a bold one because we are directly addressing God the Father in the opening phrase “Our Father”.The prayer states, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Asking God for mercy is a powerful action and makes up the core of our relationship to God.
That many Reformed Christians are even willing to call her “Theotokos” is not surprising in light of the fact that the Reformed tradition accepts the first four Ecumenical Councils: Nicea (325), Constantinople (381), Ephesus (431), and (Chalcedon 451) (See the Second Helvetic Confession Chapter 11).
It was at the Third Ecumenical Council (431) that Mary’s title as the “Theotokos” was formally affirmed to be a dogma of the Church: “If any one refuses to confess that the Emmanuel is in truth God, and therefore that the holy Virgin is Mother of God (θεοτόκος), for she gave birth after a fleshly manner to the Word of God made flesh; let him be anathema.” (See NPNF Series 2 Vol. 206) Recently, some Reformed groups are rediscovering the early Church and selectively including more and more early Church practices in their Sunday worship.
Jesus taught us how to pray in Matthew 6 by telling us to recite the Lord’s Prayer. According to Him, even though this prayer is simple, it is a shining example of how a good prayer is composed.
As a result, most prayer sessions at least include the Lord’s Prayer.
Help me nurture that love when I find it, and forgive that love for not being perfect, for only God himself is perfect.
Many Reformed Christians like Orthodox Christians hold the Virgin Mary in high regard.
If you need guidance, you may want to ask your priest.
He can recommend to you a good prayer book, which can point you in the right direction on how to structure your daily prayers.
Making the Sign of the Cross is an integral part of Orthodox prayer life.