Jesus Christ said "When you pray..." not "If you pray..." The monastic and spiritual tradition of Christianity makes it very clear that prayer is a key component of both our salvation and personal spiritual development. In Way of the Ascetics, we are told: "If you wish to save your soul and win eternal life, arise from your lethargy, make the sign of the cross, and say: 'In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.' Faith comes not through pondering but through action. Not words and speculation but experience teaches us what God is. To let in fresh air, we have to open a window; to get tanned we must go out into the sunshine. Achieving faith is no different; we never reach a goal by just sitting in comfort and waiting, say the holy Fathers. Let the Prodigal Son be our example. He arose and came (Luke 15:20)."  This page on Personal Growth and Spirituality is in development, and will soon include individual and corporate prayer services from the major traditions. Suffice it to say that Christians should pray regularly, and the oldest prayer form is probably the Trisagion Prayers, built around the Lord's prayer. Make the sign of the cross and say: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to You, our God, glory to You. O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, who are everywhere present and filling all things; Treasury of blessings and Giver of Life: come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One! Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us.
O Lord, cleanse us from our sins. O Master, pardon our transgressions. O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy name's sake.
Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Lord, have mercy! Lord, have mercy! Lord, have mercy!
 Colliander, Tito, Way of the Ascetics, St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, 1988, p. 1.
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