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Jesus Christ says that He has life in Himself: Those, however, who are uninstructed, beholding the pure gold sullied by some external pollution, would be disposed to prefer an impure and gross metal, that appeared superficially bright and polished.
You must, then, learn a species of prayer which may be exercised at all times; which does not obstruct outward employments; which may be equally practised by princes, kings, prelates, priests and magistrates, payer and children, tradesmen, laborers, women, and sick persons; it is not the prayer of the head, but OF THE HEART.
We tgrough be assured that there is an internal advancement, when there is progress in the way of the cross; abandonment and the cross go hand in hand together.
Experiencing God Through Prayer
She shares the secrets of this higher plane of fellowship in the vod that you will advance in your individual walk with God. I would warmly recommend to all, never to finish prayer without remaining some little time afterward in a respectful silence. This is a concise, wise little beginner book on prayer.
I didn’t like it. You cannot get from the entrance to a distant place, without passing over the intermediate space, and, if the end be good, holy, and necessary, and the entrance also good, why should the necessary gyyon, the direct road leading from the one to the other, be evil? The soul will also be amazed at finding a difficulty in calling its faults to remembrance.
H ERE we must begin to abandon and give up our whole existence to God, from the strong and positive conviction, that the occurrences of every moment result from his immediate will and permission, and are just such as our state requires. The soul being thus turned, is in charity, and abides therein; “and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God.
It then adheres to Him when it has got nearer and nearer, and finally becomes one, that is, one spirit with Him; and then it is that the spirit which had wandered from God, returns again to its end. The truly humble soul is not surprised at its defects or failings; and the more miserable it beholds itself, the more it abandons itself to God, and presses for a more intimate alliance with Him, seeing the need it has of his aid. In this manner, therefore, the soul is purified from all its self-originated, distinct, perceptible, and multiplied operations, which constitute a great dissimilitude between it and God; it is rendered by degrees conform, and then uniform; and the passive capacity of the creature is elevated, ennobled, and enlarged, though in a secret and hidden manner, hence called mystical; but in all these operations the soul must concur passively.
Yea, she may forget; yet will not I forget thee. But while we confess that the enjoyment of God is the end for which alone we were created, and that every soul that does not attain divine union and the purity of its creation in this life, can only be saved as by fire, how strange it is, that we should dread and avoid the process; as if that could be the cause of evil and imperfection in the present life, which is to produce the perfection of glory in the life to come.
Without setting up our opinions above those of others, we mean experifncing with sincerity to declare, from our own experience and the experience of others, the happy maddame produced by thus simply following after the Lord. We must yield ourselves to the guidance of “wisdom, which is more moving than any motion,” Wisdom vii.
In asserting that perfection is easily attained, the word facility, is used; because God is, indeed found with facility, when we seek Him within ourselves. Dec 30, Louetta Powell rated it it was amazing.
We must second the designs of God, which tend to divest us of all our own operations, that his may be substituted in their place. S OME persons, when they hear of the prayer of silence, falsely imagine that the soul remains stupid, dead, and inactive; but it unquestionably acts more nobly and more extensively experienckng it had ever done before; for God himself is its mover, and it now acts by the agency of his Spirit.
Farther, the pure and the impure gold are not mingled; before they can be united, they must be equally refined; the goldsmith cannot mix dross and gold.
Experiencing God Through Prayer by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon
This evil, however, will be counteracted if, on perceiving the wandering, we, by a pure act of return experiencijg God, instantly replace ourselves in Him; and this act subsists as long as the conversion lasts, by the powerful influence of a simple and unfeigned return to God.
Whoever acts otherwise, throufh make the best use of this grace, which is bestowed to allure the soul into the repose of Love, and not to force it into the multiplicity of self. Now, we must not suppose that this is effected by a violent exertion of its own powers; for it is not capable of, nor should it attempt any other co-operation with divine grace, than that of endeavoring to withdraw itself from external objects, and throigh turn inwards; after which it has nothing farther to do, than madaame continue firm in its adherence to God.
This experriencing agreeable to the assertion of St. T HERE are two ways of introducing a soul into prayer, which should be pursued for some time; the one is meditation, the other is reading accompanied by meditation.
Paul, and suffer themselves “to be led by the Spirit of God ,” Rom. Thus the soul should be equally subservient to the will of that vivifying Spirit which is in it, and scrupulously faithful to follow only as that moves. When we examine with effort, we are easily deceived, and betrayed by self-love into error: Short chapters make it easy to read. Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Aug 13, Esteemed goe one of the greatest Christian works in history, this book effectively explains short and easy methods of prayer for those who hunger and thirst after God’s presence.
Activity; for God being in an infinite stillness, the soul, in order to be united to Him, must participate of his stillness, else the contrariety between stillness and activity would prevent assimilation. Antoine; she was released after eight months at the expegiencing of Madame de Maintenon.
Book Review: “Experiencing God through Prayer” by Madame Guyon (The Prayer Foundation)
But some, perhaps, may urge that passage in St. The soul that is called to a state of inward silence, should not encumber itself with vocal prayers; whenever it makes use of them, and finds a difficulty therein, and an attraction to silence, let it not use constraint by persevering, but yield to the internal drawings, unless the repeating such prayers be a matter of obligation.
You see that in this process the soul is led naturally, without trouble, effort, art or study.
At other times, they may place themselves as sheep before their Shepherd, looking up to Him for their true food: The interior is not a strong hold, to be taken by storm and violence; but a kingdom of peace, which prayee to be gained only by love. This is a practical guide about how to experience communion with God in prayer.
It is not perfect however good and essential to salvation when it consists simply in madqme from sin to grace. No; she acts, but her activity is in dependence upon the Spirit of God, who moves and governs her. Open Preview See a Problem? There is no art but what has its progress; at first, we labor with toil, but at last mzdame reap the fruit of our industry. God, to whom they are united, leads them to the most extensive practice of it; He is exceedingly jealous over them, and permits them not the least pleasure.
The whole is submitted to the judgment of the learned and experienced; requesting them, however, not to stop at the surface, but to enter into the main prxyer of the author, which is to induce the whole world to love God, and to serve Him with comfort and success, in a simple and easy manner, adapted to those little ones who are unqualified for learned and deep researches, but who earnestly desire to be truly devoted to God.
It was written for a few individuals, who were desirous of loving God with all their heart. But how is it we pass into God? As this treatise was intended only to instruct in prayer, nothing is said of many things which we esteem, because they do not immediately relate to our main subject.