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MEDITATION AND CONTEMPLATION

 

PRAYING: MEDITATION AND CONTEMPLATION

Without that still space we start spinning. We become driven people, running all over the place without much direction. But with that stillness God can be our gentle guide in everything we think, say, or do.       HENRI NOUWEN                                                                                      

PRAYER POWER

The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but un-offered prayer. Many people don’t realize that prayer can change even the fate of nations. There is no limit to the power of prayer. It is the ultimate spiritual arm and no earthly power can stand against it. What does the Bible say about prayer?

“The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:25 “Let us come boldly to the throne of grace.”Hebrews 4:16  “Pray without ceasing.”                                                     1 Thessalonians 5:17 

“Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for your possession.”                                   Psalm 2:8 

MEDITATION PRAYER

Meditation  involves:

  • I call to mind this truth, with love
  • I ponder it, with love
  • I embrace it, with love

Contemplation involves:

  • I see the person.
  • I hear the words.
  • I observe the actions.

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Why Pray?

WHY PRAY?
Why Pray

God wills us to pray in order to develop an incredible fellowship with Him. In fact, we are all wired for this. Why pray? As  St. Augustine once said, “You have made us for Yourself; and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.

The vast company of faithful in other world religions testify that prayer makes a tremendous difference in one’s life. Most of us cannot function either well  or long without prayer.Why Pray

Contemporary man has rediscovered the sacred, even if he does not always know how to identify it. Is man truly capable of knowing something beyond what he sees with his eyes or hears with his ears?

Man recognizes himself as an ethical being, capable of acting according to criteria of good and evil, and not only those of profit and pleasure. He also recognizes himself as a spiritual being, capable of putting himself in contact with God.  

Prayer is the first verification of such a reality. That is how a conversation begins with your Creator.

 Of course, there are those who say “I believe in Jesus Christ”, but they don’t affect the way they live. The answer is not that we now have to add hard work to our faith; rather, we haven’t truly understood or believed in Jesus at all.

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Try reading Psalm 23 for three weeks. It begins with, “The Lord is my Shepherd… ” and ends with, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” You will notice the difference. This is a prayer of affirmation — not a prayer of petition, asking for favors. It will move you so much, that you will want to make it part of your daily spiritual life from now on. Continue reading Why Pray?

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