Say This Prayer While Washing The Dishes

This week for the Practices of Resurrection Eastertide Series, we are dedicating time and brain space for contemplation and meditation. With today’s current environment that is riddled with troubles and doubts, our minds and our homes are chalked full of anxiety, and often accompanied by a sink full of dishes! In the midst of this chaos, it’s easy to forget The Good, and the ability to see Jesus in our every day.

There are numerous recommendations on how to stay healthy in mind, body, and spirit during the pandemic. One that is often recommended is meditation. This simple practice is challenging for our busy minds but the benefits are worth the work it takes to calm our inner thoughts and find connection with ourself, and with God. If you are new to these practices, I encourage you to keep reading. Meditation has been a spiritual practice since Genesis:

He went out to the field one evening to meditate… Genesis 24:63

When the Torah was given:

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night… Joshua 1:8

All throughout the psalms:

whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night… Psalm 1:2

Meditation acts as a vehicle that moves us into the presence of God through repetition much like practices such as Lectio Divina and is the precursor to more contemplative practices such as Centering Prayer. For this week’s meditation, we will be reciting The Jesus Prayer, a meditative prayer that ushers us into what the Apostle Paul referred to as “pray without ceasing”.


This Eastern Catholic prayer was esteemed by the church fathers as a way of clearing the mind and practicing unceasing prayer as in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. This formulaic prayer was also taught widely throughout the orthodox church as a personal ascetic practice. Each phrase of the prayer is based in scripture (Philippians 2; Luke 1:35; Luke 18:35-42) and can be said as a whole or shortened. This prayer can be used for longer durations of meditation or incorporated throughout the day.

The Jesus Prayer gently guides us into postures of confession declaring God’s sovereignty, humility remembering our sinfulness, and recognizing our utter dependency on God. Practicing these postures throughout your day will change the way you see the world around you, even that sink of dirty dishes!

The Jesus Prayer

Lord, Jesus Christ,

Son of God,

Have mercy on me, a sinner.

Shorten Versions

Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.

Lord Jesus, have mercy on me.

Pray Without Ceasing

Pray this while you fold the laundry.

“Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

Pray this to begin your time with the Lord.

“Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

Pray this while driving or taking yet another walk around the block.

“Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

Pray this over your morning coffee and when you wash your hands for the hundredth time.

“Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

To Begin

If this prayer is new to you, set time aside at the beginning of this week to sit in quiet reflection, repeating this prayer to yourself slowly. Give yourself time to memorize and meditate on it before trying to incorporate it into your day. For myself, I am very visual and so I create printable cards to place around the house to act as a reminder. Learning a new spiritual practice is both enriching and yet, can create opportunity for guilt. There is no perfect way to do this. We will forget to do it one day or say the prayer one minute and the next yell at our spouse. We are all works in progress and when it comes to spiritual practices, we are always the students.

Printable Available Below

As you begin, keep in mind that this prayer is to help clear out the mental chatter and enable you to see Jesus throughout the day. Seeing Jesus means that we can recognize his presence and engage in his heart for mercy towards ourselves and those around us. My prayer for you as well as myself this week, is that we would develop a habit of continual prayer that is woven intricately throughout our life and expands our ability to see God at work in the world.

If you have any questions or comments about contemplation or meditation, comment below!

The Jesus Prayer Printable

For Mental Health Month, I added this feelings chart as a helpful reference when those pesky feelings show up and you need a little help naming them.

Created by Feeling Wheel

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