Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Prayer as Creating Space for God (Prayer Summer)

Linda and I in Israel, with Josh and Beth Bentley

Henri Nouwen writes: "The discipline of prayer is the intentional, concentrated, and regular effort to create space for God." (Nouwen, Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit, p. 18)

A praying person has, by definition, time to pray, because prayer is getting together with God and conferencing. In the act of prayer (i.e., in actually praying) a temporal space is carved out where God takes up residence with the human heart.