We're posting some conversation-stirring quotes every Tues, Thurs, and Saturday. This week’s theme is prayer and meditation.
The following quote is taken from a church newsletter. The newsletter’s focus was prayer. The part quoted here comes from the section entitled, “Prayer Exercise for Members.” Here it is in its entirety:
Soren Kierkegaard once observed: "A man prayed, and at first he thought that prayer was talking. But he became more and more quiet until in the end he realized that prayer is listening."
Begin listening by first focusing on a phrase like "God is good" or "Come Holy Spirit." Choose any word or phrase that will help you concentrate on God. Start your focus of God's presence by getting to a quiet place and saying your phrase. When distractions intrude on you, just refocus by concentrating on your phrase until the intruding thoughts disappear. Try to sit quietly in God's presence for 10 to 20 minutes. If it's too difficult, start with a 5 minute commitment and increase your contemplative time gradually as you are able.
Don't be discouraged by stray thoughts -- our minds need to be retrained to be quiet and able to focus on God and His presence. Just enjoy sitting in the presence of God and soaking up his restorative gifts. This is a great way to regain strength and energy to face the rest of your day or to finish your day and prepare to rest. Don't rush to resume your day or evening, give your soul a few minutes to digest the experience you've had before resuming your day or evening. Enjoy God's presence as often as you are able!
I only have one “conversation-starting” question for us today...
What is wrong with this prayer exercise?