IF YOU DESIRE to seek the presence of God in your life, be silent and rest in prayer. Only through this interior quiet can you truly listen for Jesus.
Why is silence necessary for listening, and what happens when we enter into the silence of solitary prayer? We begin to let go of ourselves, which allows us to hear God.
God is very gracious and patient. God does not usually interrupt us or push rudely into our affairs. If we choose to ignore God, God allows that. Such is the humility of a God who died on a cross.
Therefore if we wish to pray – and by this I mean open ourselves up to the possibility that God will speak to us, teach us, transform us – we must allow space in the busy world we have created. Like the ones who went into the desert, we must go to a place where the world does not overwhelm us.
– Daniel Wolpert
Creating a Life with God
From page 29 of Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices by Daniel Wolpert. Copyright © 2003 by Daniel Wolpert. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Describe a time when you were silent during prayer. Share your thoughts.
We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19, NRSV
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This week we remember: Anselm
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