by Paul Benson
The topic of Contemplative Prayer has been on my heart for quite some time now. When ever I hear someone speak in a derogatory manner of Contemplative Prayer (or ‘soaking’ as some like to call it) I feel a real strong ‘wait a minute here!’ rise up in my spirit. I fully believe this practice, engaged in according to a biblical pattern, was an integral part of the faith once delivered to the Saints that we are not only exhorted to contend for (Jude 1:3) but also have a desperate need to return to! And it has been my intention to write an article in defense of what I see as a quite healthy practice (even a command) in the Scriptures.
The Genuine Has Been Counterfeited!
Knowing full well that the modern American church is awash in deception and wayward practices it was my intention that, before looking at the true pattern we are to follow as expressed in the Scriptures, I would begin my exhortation on this practice with an examination of how Contemplative Prayer has been hi-jacked and corrupted in various religious circles popular today (including some offshoots of modern Pentecostalism).
But in a very timely manner MattS from aminutetomidnite.com posted an article that is a very good (and very thorough!) discussion of the danger of Contemplative Prayer as practiced in the manner promoted in much of Christendom today, including the current deception flowing out of the New Apostolic Reformation/Seven Mountains Mandate/Emergent Church circles.
If you are in the dark or have questions concerning the NAR/SMM/EC I would highly recommend MattS’s series on the deceptions of this age as an excellent source of info. His articles are in-depth and full of links to other resources on the issues he discusses.
Please give his article on the dangers of Contemplative Prayer a read. And next week I will post my article on the blessings of engaging in Contemplative Prayer. I assure you MattS and I are NOT in conflict or opposition on this matter; and I think you will find both edification and discernment gained from looking at the corrupted expression most are promoting today as well as the true biblical standard of approaching our Lord through prayer that is full of contemplation, self-examination, meditation upon Scripture, and lingering in his Presence.
Here are MattS’s warnings on Contemplative Prayer:
Much thanks to you Matt for another great article! My thoughts are soon to follow (Lord willing);
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