Silent Contemplative Prayer

 
Silent Contemplative Prayer.

Silent Contemplative Prayer is a discipline that will totally transform your relationship with God. It is remarkably simple to do. I have shared aspects of this elsewhere, but I will share it here as well.

Pause

Take a 10 minute pause at the beginning of your day. Actually any time will do. 10 Minutes. Multiple times would be even better! It doesn't even have to be 10 minutes, but that is a good starting point. The benefits are so great you will be tempted to begin with more, but being heroic about this rarely works.

Place

Find a place where you will not be disturbed. Put aside all interactive devices, still your body and mind, separate from everything and everyone around you, and focus your heart, mind, emotions, and affections on the Lord Jesus Christ. No background music. Just silence.

Posture

Sit as comfortably as you can, back straight to prevent you from nodding off. Close your eyes and focus your heart and mind on God.

Phrase

It sometimes helps to use an anchoring phrase such as "Lord Jesus, I adore you," or whatever you feel in your spirit at the time. If (when) your mind wanders down some irrelevant "bunny trail" mentally pray your anchoring phrase. It will immediately bring your consciousness back into focus on the Beloved.

Present

Focus your heart and mind and
thoughts and emotions on loving Him.
Anything more is at His initiative. You
are here to simply love the Lord.

Remember, there are no guarantees of spiritual sublimity. This is not a technique for entering the Presence of God. This is merely putting yourself in a position where you can simple be present to God. Focus your heart and mind and thoughts and emotions on loving Him. Anything more is at His initiative. You are here to simply love the Lord.

Use a timer so you are not opening your eyes to look at your watch. I use a simple kitchen timer or if I am sitting on a park bench I use the countdown timer on my watch. For those few ten minutes you will enter a timeless eternity, one that some days will feel like a sublime few seconds, and other days will seem never ending. On the delightful days you may want to linger in that gift long after your timer signals the session has ended. By all means, do so.

Presence

I confess I usually have so much going on inside my head I find myself using an anchoring phrase many times during even one small session of Silent Contemplative Prayer. That is unless God grants me the grace of a few moments of genuine contemplative intimacy in His Presence. When that happens the entire world fades into the distant background, heaven touches the earth, and time is no more.

Those moments - I don't earn them. Being silent does not merit them. They are purely a gift from God. But oh what a marvellous gift they are!

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