Jeanne Guyon discovers the great difference between praying to God and experiencing God through prayer. In this inspirational book she shares secrets of this. Madame Jeanne Guyon discovered the great difference between praying to God, and experiencing God through prayer. She shares the secrets of this higher. Lisa Donovan’s thoughts and quotes from. Experiencing God through Prayer. By Madame Jeanne Marie Guyon (). Although her writings must be read.
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Hence it is so frequently enjoined upon us in sacred writ, to listen and be attentive to the voice of God; I quote a few of the numerous exhortations to this effect: When the soul yields itself to the influence of this blessed Spirit, it perceives the testimony of its divine filiation; and it feels also, with superadded joy, that it has received, not the spirit of bondage, but of liberty, even the liberty of the children of God; it then finds that it acts freely and sweetlythough with vigor and infallibility.
Some say, that we must not place ourselves in this state. A DIRECT struggle with distractions and temptations rather serves to augment them, and withdraws the soul from that adherence to God, which should ever be its sole occupation.
Experiencing God Through Prayer
It was the endeavor of the apostles to prevent children from going to our Lord, which occasioned this command. Experienfing we are thus fully entered into ourselves, and warmly penetrated throughout with a lively sense of the Divine presence; when the senses are all recollected, and withdrawn from the circumference to the centre, and the soul is sweetly and silently employed on the truths we have read, not in reasoning, but in feeding thereon, and animating the will by affection, rather than fatiguing the understanding by study; when, I say, the affections are in this state, which, however difficult it may appear at first, is, as I shall hereafter show, easily attainable, we must allow them sweetly to repose, and, as it were, swallow what they have tasted.
But the oracles of truth affirm the contrary: But what becomes rhrough the babe that thus gently and without exertion, drinks in the milk? Madsme this way, then, which is the divine motion, and the spirit of Jesus Christ, we must necessarily enter.
A life pdayer piety appears so frightful to many, and prayer of such difficult attainment, that they are discouraged from taking a single step towards it. A LL are capable of prayer, and it is a dreadful misfortune that almost all the world have conceived the idea that they are not called to prayer.
All that is of man and of his doing, be it never so noble, never so exalted, must first be destroyed.
Experiencing God Through Prayer by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon
It is very evident that Madame Guyon wrote this in the paradox of confident humility. O come, then, give this heart to God; and here learn how to make the donation. The Apostle, in the same passage, proves the necessity of this divine influence. An unprejudiced reader will find, hidden under the most common expressions, a secret unction, which will excite him to seek after that happiness which all should wish to enjoy.
The soul will also be amazed at finding a difficulty in calling its faults to remembrance. E xperiencing G od T hrough P rayer. Will revolutionize your prayer life. O ye dispensers of his grace! The spirit of man is restless and turbulent; for which reason he does little, though he seems to do a great deal.
Till conversion is perfected, many reiterated acts are necessary; for it is with some progressive, though with others it is instantaneous. We must therefore be resigned to the Spirit of God, giving ourselves up wholly to his divine guidance.
We should therefore make room for the influx of this life, which can only be done by the ejection and loss of the Adamical life, and the suppression of the activity of self. Her words echo a timeless message as she paves the road for us to also find Him through her anointed instruction.
In no way but by leaving and forsaking ourselves, that we may be lost in Him; and this can be effected only by annihilation, which, being the true prayer of adoration, renders unto God alone, all “blessing, honor, glory, and power, forever and ever. Self-appropriation; because it is the source and fountain of all that defilement which can never be allied to essential purity; as the rays of the sun may shine, indeed, upon mire, but can never be united with it.
For the senses have no other spring whence to derive their vigor than the application of the soul to themselves, the mqdame of their life and activity being proportioned to the degree of attention which the soul bestows upon them. When the soul is once turned toward God, it finds a wonderful facility in continuing steadfast in conversion; and the longer praher remains thus converted, the nearer it approaches and the more firmly it adheres to God; and the nearer it draws to Him, it is of necessity the farther removed from the creature, which is so contrary to Him; so that it is so effectually established in conversion, that the state becomes habitual, and as it were natural.
The children have been led astray from the best of fathers, by prayrr endeavoring to teach them too refined a language. Now, when the soul by its efforts to recollect itself, is brought into the influence of the central tendency, it falls gradually, without any other force than the weight of love, into its proper centre; and the more passive and tranquil it remains, and the freer from self-motion, the more rapidly it advances, because the energy of the central attractive virtue is unobstructed, and has full liberty for action.
This examination, however, should be peaceful and tranquil; and we should depend on God for the discovery and madme of our sins, rather than on the diligence of our own scrutiny. They say again, that some may feign to have ezperiencing this state. If it direct all its vigor and energy within, this simple act separates it from the senses, and, employing all its powers internally, it renders them faint; and the nearer it draws to God, the farther is it separated from self.
It is seeking one act by the help of many, instead of continuing attached to God by one simple act alone. Jun 12, Kimberly esperiencing it really liked it Shelves: