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February 18th 2003, 03:05 PM
Not only were tears one means of prayer, according to Benedict, they were the only pure form: "We must know that God regards our purity of heart and tears of compunction, not our many words."
- Tom Lutz, Crying
February 18th 2003, 03:39 PM
I think emotion often conveys more than words. It is one reason that I think praying silently is more in line with NT teaching than "prayer meetings" are today.
February 18th 2003, 03:46 PM
Spurgeon in his autobiography described his gratefulness for being blessed with such a praying church. "I always give all the glory to God, but I do not forget that He gave me the privilege of ministering from the first to a praying people. We had prayer meetings that moved our very souls, each one appeared determined to storm the Celestial City by the might of intercession." Spurgeon regarded the prayer-meeting as the spiritual thermometer of a church. His church's Monday night prayer meeting had a worldwide testimony for many years. Every Monday night a large portion of Spurgeon's sanctuary was filled with earnest and fervent intercessors.
February 18th 2003, 05:37 PM
Contemplative prayer....meditation - these are the forms most often referred to in the Bible.
February 18th 2003, 07:55 PM
There's no such thing as the "purest" form of prayer. Prayer is a personal thing and what makes it pure is whatever you feel brings you closest to God to make that "connection" with Him. There is no overall style or ranking, and personally I don't think God really cares HOW you converse with Him, it all matters how comfortable you feel with what you say and how you say it.
That is my own feeling on the subject, and I welcome anyone who feels differently to please tell me.
February 19th 2003, 05:35 PM
...the subject, but someone brought to my attention that it seems as though prayer (in the bible) is specifically saying things aloud to God. Even meditation on scripture (e.g. psalm 119 is itself a poem put to music) implied that it was to be read, recited or sung aloud (given that ancient Hebrew society was strongly based in oral-tradition).
I did a brief search and it seemed to have some validity on the surface of things, but I really havent given it much thought (since I am fairly sure that God knows if Im praying to him whether Im saying something or not, and I am in the habit of it now :tongue: )
So, would a model for a perfect prayer be one in which it is spoken? (Jesus' modeled how one should pray by speaking it, after all!)
So, any comments on this would be appreciated.
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