Entering deeply into truth

There are many things that will distract us from living a spiritual life, and the only true way to deal with them is by focusing on God who is with us every moment of every day.

Be warned, however, it is not good to run from one thing to the other. Rather focus on a particular aspect of God’s character and meditate on it daily. In this way you will enter deeply into truth so that it stays with you, even when life tosses you here and there.

This is no easy task, so perseverance is crucial. It’s like any discipline: the more you do it, the easier it becomes. It’s all about practicing the presence of God and it is made so much easier by the fact that God desires that intimacy with us. He wants to communicate with us, be known by us and impart his grace and love to us.

We can apply the idea to the Lord’s Prayer. We say, “Our Father,” and then focus on God within us so the truth of him being our Father really sinks in. When you say the word Father, take a minute for contemplation of this wonderful fact. By concentrating on God as our Father we become children in his presence. Next we say, “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” We can then focus on the things we believe God wants to do in and through us. Spend some time meditating on what God’s will is for your life and how you can be obedient to that. Apply these techniques to the rest of the prayer, making sure to rest quietly and peacefully in God’s presence.

These meditative techniques can be used when praying for others, asking God for healing or any other type of prayer that you have. By thinking of Christ as a child, teacher, sacrifice or friend we can identify with our Lord in a way that makes our experience more immediate and real. In this way we will be able to live continuously in the light of God’s presence where the soul can be restored. – Adapted from Madame Jeanne Guyon’s writings from the 17th Century.

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