Saint Porphyrios highlights that our prayers should not be self-centred, but rather centred on our fellows, and in particular the whole Church. Our prayerful desires must be centred on the Church, as 'the whole fullness of divinity dwells in the Church.' Our prayers should be for the sanctification, guidance and strength of the entire world; and by praying for others we are united in Christ, 'as we are all children of the same Father.'
The selfless act of praying for our fellow human beings, with love and gentleness, attracts God's grace:
'When you have great love and this love moves you to prayer, then the waves of love are transmitted and affect the person for whom you are praying and you create around him a shield of protection.. you lead him to what is good. When he sees your efforts, God bestows His grace abundantly on both you and on the person you are praying for.'
However this does not mean we simply pray for others, for our own benefit. Saint Porphyrios writes that 'we must die to ourselves' - in other words it is only out of utter selflessness, humility and love, that we can grow in prayer and communion.
'I pray, I receive everyone in the Spirit of Christ, and I am eager to pray for all people. I try to love Christ. That is my aim.'