St. Gregory called his book an "encyclopedia of prayer for all nations". For Narekatsi, peoples' absolute goal in life should be to reach to God. As a result, the difficulties of earthly life would disappear.
It was his hope that it would serve as a guide to prayer by people of all stations around the world.
Written shortly before the first millennium of Christianity, the prayers of St. Gregory of Narek have long been recognized as gems of Christian literature.