What is silent prayer?
We might think of “silent prayer” as communicating with God not by speaking words aloud but by saying them in our minds. But prayer does not always require words. In fact, Jesus cautioned that using “many words” in prayer could become like babbling (see Matthew 6:7)
In 2013, Rich began to dabble in silent prayer, a term that’s often used as synonymous with centering prayer. He had heard and read that silence can transform you. He wanted to experience this transformation too.
He would force myself to sit in silence. He began to test how long He could sit there. He started with one minute and increased it to three and even four minutes. It was difficult!
Silence and silent prayer are counter-cultural. They are very challenging to cultivate because everything in our culture seems to point in another direction. Yet, surprisingly, it is in silence that he has has found profound transformation. And that is the motivation for writing this book. He wants to share what he has discovered.
The point of this book is to share his centering-prayer sojourn with you. His hope is that his journey will help you with your journey. Centering prayer is not a race. It is a long-term marathon. Centering prayer practiced daily, monthly, yearly will transform you. It does not replace other forms of prayer; it complements them.
Centering prayer has changed his life and the way He thinks. It has been so life-giving that he cannot keep it to myself. He has to share it.
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