ContemplationFebruary 12, 2023
P – Pause
R – Rejoice/Adoration – “Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be your name”
A – Ask
– Petition – “Give us this day, our daily bread”
– Intercession – “Your kingdom come”
– Unanswered Prayer – “Your will be done”
Y – Yield/Yes
Matthew 6:10 …on earth as it is in heaven.
Contemplation is developing in your relationship with God.
Contemplative prayer is more about than doing.
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God;
– The prayer of . An intimate sharing between friends.
A loving attentiveness to God when recedes into the background and feelings move to the foreground.
Contemplation has three themes that flow through it:
3. rather than logical
Psalm 62:1 (ESV) For God alone my soul waits in silence;
Psalm 96:9 Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Matthew 22:37-38 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
– “Me and God” phase.
Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed is the one….who meditates on his law day and night.
Meditation – fixing your on God.
Readying your heart for revelation and rather than education and information.
– “God and Me” phase.
Matthew 6:6-7 (MSG) “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant.”
– “Only God” phase.
In contemplation, is the ultimate desire and destination.
Contemplative prayer is .
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Contemplation draws me back to the place of grace and .
Exodus 34:29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.
Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Luke 9:29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.
Prayer at its is asking God for stuff.
Prayer at its is a two-way conversation; it’s relational.
Prayer at its is communion; a quiet, loving, relationship with God that transforms us, prepares us, and sustains us.