Continual prayer is, “the perpetual and living communion of man with God, made possible when man receives within himself the gift of prayer. This gift is given by God . . . it remains perpetually within them, sometimes drawing man toward communion and union with God, and sometimes itself cooperating with man’s prayer . . . [Thus, it is] the fruit of man’s cooperation with the spiritual gift mystically present and operative within him” (Mantzaridis, G.I. . The mystical experience of deification. In The deification of man, p. 92).