The Three Methods of Prayer St. Symeon the New Theologian There are three methods of prayer and attentiveness, by means of which the soul is either uplifted or cast down. Whoever employs these methods at the right time is uplifted, but whoever employs them foolishly and at the wrong time is cast down. Vigilance and prayer should be as closely linked together as the body to the soul, for the one cannot stand without the other.
Here is a chapter on prayer and the blessing of may it be blessed from Elder Symeon
Praying for the old man? I will be so bold as to say that, if you say “May it be blessed” continuously, this is higher than all else –than all else– even than the Jesus Prayer: don’t let this startle you. You know, to pray is not really very difficult. At the same time, however, it is.