Sometimes God seems gone. Even faithful Christians can feel absolutely alone. Yet every one of the spiritual mothers and fathers I’ve studied — including Teresa of Avila who called this feeling the “dark night of the soul” — engaged in receptive prayer. Why? Because so much of our prayer lives involves asking for help.
When we engage in receptive prayer, we open ourselves to receiving what we have asked for. When we engage in receptive prayer, we are not praying to an idea, but to the personal, holy, loving One who created us. Prayer is not just something we do. It is something God does in us.
This message is an excerpt from “The presence in the prayer” by Grace Brame in the May 2019 issue of Gather magazine.
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