And in praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.”Gospel of St. Matthew vi. 7, 8.
“The Three Hermits” is a short story by Russian author Leo Tolstoy written in 1885. It appears in the short-story collection Twenty-Three Tales which was first translated into English in 1907. The title refers to its three central characters; unnamed simple monks living on a remote island in a life of prayer and contemplation “for the salvation of their souls.”
The moral of the story centres around the power of simple prayer.
It is a beautiful, moving short story, only about seven pdf pages long. You can find an online version here: