The Name of Jesus may be either pronounced or silently thought. In bothcases there is a real invocation of the Name, verbal in the first case, andpurely mental in the second. This prayer affords an easy transition from verbal to mental prayer. Even the verbal repetition of the Name, if it is slow and thoughtful, makes us pass to mental prayer and disposes the soul tocontemplation.
2. THE PRACTICE OF THE INVOCATION OF THENAME
. . . And I will wait on thy name. Psalm 52:9.The invocation of the Name may be practiced anywhere and at any time. We can pronounce the Name of Jesus in the streets, in the place of our work, in our room, in church, etc. We can repeat the Name while we walk.Besides that "free" use of the Name, not determined or limited by any rule,it is good to set apart certain times and certain places for a "regular"invocation of the Name. One who is advanced in that way of prayer may dispense with such arrangements. But they are an almost necessary condition for beginners.If we daily assign a certain time to the invocation of the Name (besides the"free" invocation which should be as frequent as possible), the invocationought to be practiced--circumstances allowing--in a lonely and quiet place :"Thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and, when thouhast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret" (Matthew 6:6).The bodily posture does not matter much. One may walk, or sit down, orlie, or kneel. The best posture is the one which affords most physical quietand inner concentration. One may be helped by a physical attitudeexpressing humbleness and worship.