Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #215 Prayer & Meditation… http://www.dennymeyer.me
There is all kinds of medical evidence to show that the power of prayer is a powerful change agent for the good. Prayer, as I would define it, is active listening to the voice of our Creator- it is not so much talking but listening. Meditation is a cousin to prayer in that we focus on the Word or on the message in order to quiet our life down. Doing so we can hear more clearly and listen more carefully. Our own talking becomes more of a distraction that listening. There is too much noise in most of our lives. Quiet is a rare gift that can make many people uncomfortable. Largely because there are inner voices that trouble us. However, if we have traveled down this road of Advent seeking a new way of dealing with the brokenness we are leaving behind we are ready for the next step:
We seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.
This step recognizes that many people may differ with their understanding of who God is but not that our Higher Power exists and can indeed help us control destructive habits. It is a power beyond ourselves. I have even known of atheists who have gone through these steps and found a faith to hold on to in the midst of their doubts. Pride, stubbornness, and self-will are the biggest obstacles to any of these steps. The very thought that, “I am capable of controlling my destructive habits,” is folly. We don’t – we can’t – we won’t control them with our own will-power.
This step reminds us of what Jesus said in Matthew 7, “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.” We become entranced by our own words so easily – we believe we control our destiny so easily – we use ritual and rites to summon up some magical personal power but is a power from our creator that comes from a quiet humble acknowledgment that we are beggars.