Contemplative prayer, Centering Prayer or….

contemprayerIf you haven’t noticed, there seems to be increasing attention on some of the more ancient prayer practices lately.  Centering prayer, contemplative prayer and meditation are all being discussed now with Christian application in mind.  While some of the authors promoting these ideas (Merton, Keating, etc.) may have some fine-sounding things to say regarding the subject of prayer I find myself to be a bit more old-fashioned in that I would like to study what Jesus has to say on the subject.  Since He, the second person of the Trinity, taught on it while here and even now continually offers prayer and intercession to the Father, I see no teacher who comes close to His credentials.  After all, “God on Earth” is a pretty stout resume!  So, for your listening pleasure I offer you a teaching (click HERE) I gave about two years ago examining Jesus’ teaching on prayer after I spent some time in study.  While it doesn’t address these other styles (contemplative, Centering, etc.) the difference between what Jesus taught and what we hear from modern teachers is striking.  I encourage you to take a listen and ask yourself if the practices now gaining in popularity are compatible with what we learn directly from our Lord.

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