Prayer: A Life of Action

Many people think that prayer is to passive.  They want to go out and help others and preach the gospel rather than devote themselves to prayer.  Some even say that prayer is a waste of time that could be spent out in the world doing good.  Meditation specifically seems to suggest passivity to our modern mind.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Prayer and especially meditation is the path to fulfillment.  It leads you to the state of being from which all action should flow, and without it all action tends to be a shadow of what it could be.  All action must flow out of being at one with God.

When we meditate we begin to be completely alert, to accept ourselves wholly, and to love yourself.  You find yourself in touch and connected with total reality, that is God.

Most of our lives are spent at the surface level, reacting out of immediacy.  But when we pray we are not reacting to any external stimulus.  Instead we are learning to live out of the depths of our being, where we find and respond to Christ, the supreme and sole stimulus.  As we align ourselves with Him we learn to be the person we are meant to be.  That means learning to enjoy the gift of our own creation before all other desires, expectations, and demands.  We move beyond desire, because we are filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit.  Once we realize this, than we have no other need for oneness, for wholeness, and completeness.  We have no desire, for desire divides and complicates what is whole and simple.

The experience of meditation is one of simplification.  We must learn to become more and more simple.  Christ says we must become like little children again.

Meditation is the way to being entirely open to Christ  because it is the way to being totally open to our own being, and out of our being flows the power of God.  In that power, with that power, and through that power we are able to do great things.  That power is life and love.  Prayer and meditation is learning to live out of the fullness of that power.  What is passive about that?

My prayer for you is the same as St. Paul’s:

“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the all glorious Father, may give you the spiritual powers of wisdom and vision by which there comes the knowledge of Him.  I pray that the eye of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope to which He calls you, what the wealth and glory of the share He offers you and how vast the resources of His power, open to us, who trust in Him.  They are measured by His strength and the might which He exerted in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead.”  (Eph. 1:17-20)

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