The prayer rope is very important I think. The prayer rope is a cord with knots in it. The whole cord is made in a circle. They are used to count prayers in the Greek Orthodox Church. I always use one all the time. Unlike the Greek Orthodox Church, I do not do the Jesus Prayer though. I say other things.
Over the years I have found it very beneficial. Some of the things the prayer rope does are:
– The prayer rope is good to help you keep your thoughts directed. By counting off a simple word it seems to help you focus.
– It helps prevents the mind from wandering.
– It directs your mind to a specific theme or subject. I often say what I’m needing at the time. I often say things like ‘presence, presence’ or ‘calm, calm’ or ‘come to my aid, come to my aid’.
– It’s calming. Sitting there counting off a prayer rope seems to be soothing sometimes and creates a calm.