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What Is Contemplative Prayer

What do you guys think about christian contemplative prayer? Scriptures only.

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 ---mark_B. on 6/21/07
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First, define what you mean by "Christian contemplative prayer," and you might get more intelligent answers.
---Jack on 2/7/08

Hi John! Rest assured, I completely agree with you! The article I scanned over mentioned the Catholics had started "contemplative prayer" (as a movement, if you will), but certainly God's people had been meditating on his Word long before this.
---Katie on 6/27/07

Umm catherine i dont think that was ecclesiates 5:1-3, is it in a different place???
---mark_B. on 6/22/07

Cont. in praying. Keep thy thoughts from roving and wandering; Keep thy affections from running out towards wrong objects. [Ecclesiastes 5:1-3] Now Matthew 6:5-8 When praying in public, Wait for God's power to overtake you. You are glorifying God and not yourself or to be noticed. Look to God to say "Well done my faithful servant". When eating out ,Don't allow people to discourage you from praying over your food before gobbling it up, Look up and thank God. Be a good witness.
---catherine on 6/22/07

Katie. Earnestly seeking the presecnce of God in prayer and worship is not something the Catholics invented. This is a normal activity that we should all be involved with. Meditating on the Lord. Being in love with him. The relationship instead of the religion. The day of Pentecost is a good example.
---john on 6/22/07

Hi Mark . . . I would say contemplative prayer is NOT my OWN effort to empty myself, or methods I may use and control > I understand I need FIRST how God makes me nicely quiet and sensitive to Him; and the focus is NOT controlled by ME, but God is at liberty to bring my attention to Him AND anyone and anything He pleases.
---Bill_bila5659 on 6/22/07

Means>>Devoted to prayer and Meditation. And I love the idea. Putting God first, Paying close attention to Him. Eyes on Him constantly. If they stray quickly back on God. You need love for God and strict discipline. [Gen. 32:24] While Jacob was earnest in prayer, stirring himself up to take hold on God. [1 Chr. 16:11] Seek the Lord and His strength, Seek His face continually. The sacrifices of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord; But the prayers of the upright is His delight. [Prov. 15:8] Cont.
---catherine on 6/22/07

There is nothing wrong with totally concentrating on communion with God. In fact, there are many of us who do this constantly. It's not a matter of clearing your mind totally to the point of thinking of nothing else. It's a matter of making your life and what happens in it God's business 24/7. The Holy Spirit leads us as long as we are listening. There is no "special formula" for praying. All we have to do is just reach out and touch the Lord. He's always there.
---Susie on 6/22/07

This sounds like just another "catch phrase" to sell books and tapes though. I'd rather be reading the Bible than all those books that are being published for profit.
---Susie on 6/22/07

Based on your definition, mark-b, I am all for contemplative prayer and believe to wait on the Lord is very scriptural. Prayer is not always talking, we need to listen and wait in the presence of God as well.
---maryj9396 on 6/22/07

Ok let me try...
Emptying your mind of everything EXCEPT GOD...focusing your spiritual eyes on God and meditating on that
I guess thats good enough
again you can ask specific questions
---markB. on 6/22/07

Contemplative prayer and worship, formerly known as "centering" directs itself specifically to have a close, personal union and one on one experience with God. Many ridicule it because it uses meditation, which some don't realize, is something we are told to do, but to God of course.It's a very bonding, upper room experience to say the least. This is not new. A book called The Cloud Of Unknowing, wriiten in the 1300's, explains it clearly.
---john on 6/22/07

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10(a) has always helped me refocus when life gets chaotic. I concentrate on every word, repeating it and absorbing its meaning until I'm completely accepting of its truth and my mental stress subsides. I do this with other scriptures and when reading the bible too or just by stopping my day and thinking of all that I know Him to be. Gives me great joy, comfort and peace. I'm not sure if this is what you mean, but I don't see it as anything abnormal.
---AlwaysOn on 6/22/07

I haven't researched it in its entirety, but I read that it began in the Catholic Church, but has some connection with the Hindu and Buddhists teachings. So I can see why it wouldn't sit well with people. We are to meditate on God's word, and for this reason I can see where the Catholic Church may have been going with this, but the danger lies in opening your mind to the enemy, unknowingly, which you are bound to do if you buy into the false religious practices and their form of meditation.
---Katie on 6/22/07

Furthermore, Jesus came to reveal the truth to all men. The first article I read about contemplative prayer was called "Christian Mysticism", while the others grouped it with false religious teachings. We are to meditate on God's WORD day and night. While there is nothing wrong with being still before the Lord in a prayerful attitude, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to you, it shouldn't be muddied with the practices of this world. It's like sticking a rotten fish head in your chili.
---Katie on 6/22/07

I believe there's a time and place. Often my prayer time could be considered contemplative...we ARE told to wait on the Lord, and I believe that as I wait, and hear His voice, I begin to pray what HE wishes and not just my wish list. We are told to pray in the spirit, and sometimes time is needed to put aside the flesh...
---Christina on 6/22/07

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I haven't read Brother Lawrence's book or been given any representation of what he says.

But our Apostle Paul says, "For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13) I take this to mean God in me will have me do the praying He wants. So, at every moment, I need to be sensitive to how God is working my willing and doing . . . in praying and all other things.

Could this constant sensing for God be called contemplative prayer?
---Bill_bila5659 on 6/22/07

Yes Mark, U need to define, just what do you consider.. Contemplative prayer, rightly
said by Jack.
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---BRIAN._STAFFORD on 6/22/07

Ok well i would say that its waiting or being in the presence of God...well thats the purpose of it...Basically trying to pull a brother lawrence in the "practicing the presence of God" book

There are a bunch of christians that dont like the whole contemplative prayer thing and i would like to know why...
You can ask me more specific questions
---mark_B. on 6/21/07

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