Wednesday, February 6, 2013

                                                     APOPHATIC PRAYER
                                                          Centering Prayer

Don’t be, like me, frightened away by the word apophatic.  It wasn’t in my working vocabulary!

Stripped bare it means we must admit that we are helpless before God.  We must trust that our Creator will come and find us.

Apophatic prayer smashes the idols of exactitude and certainty.

You practice apophatic prayer by picking a holy word that captures your desire to know God.   However, do not repeat it loud.  Rather simply come back to it when your mind wanders.

Our tendency is to not wait for God but to run off using our own thoughts, feelings, ideas, and projects.

A good thought:  Pray  and when necessary use words.—author unknown