The Altered States of Contemplative Prayer

Today we're talking about Contemplative Prayer. Right off the bat, we need to define our words. When we warn you of the dangers of Contemplative Prayer, what we're nottalking about is meditating on God's Word or contemplating His holy nature and character. We are talking about the man-made methodologies used as a spiritual exercise to "experience God's presence." In spite of research and warnings from those who watch the trends coming into the modern church, mysticism and New Age prayer practices are increasingly appealing. 

We're seeing more prayer labyrinths being constructed, more classes and coaching on how to go "into the silence" to get visions and voices from God, and more how-to books that borrow from those who aren't even born-again Christians. What are these prayer practices, and why should you be concerned? Today we're going to explore those methods with our guest, and we'll hear from those who teach these methods - and then compare what they say to what God says.

Chris Rosebrough is the host of the daily radio program, Fighting For The Faith, heard around the world on Pirate Christian Radio, a broadcast group he founded to help Christians discern God’s Word by taking a look at what people say and teach in the name of Jesus and holding it up to the light of Scripture.

Chris recently did a program titled, The Inventor Of Centering Prayer Teaches Us What It Is For, featuring Thomas Keating, one of the Cistercian monks who explains the theology/spirituality behind the practice and what Centering Prayer is ultimately for. (The same monk who taught Phileena Heuertz - whom we heard from today - how to do Centering Prayer.)

Phileena recently introduced "Gravity," a Center for Contemplative Activism: