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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Madame Jeanne Guyon discovered the great difference between praying to Godand experiencing God through prayer. And it is still more certain, that those who in right earnest make trial of the way, will find we have written the truth.
It is true they tell them the end of their creation; but they do not give them sufficient instructions how they may attain it. We must second the designs of God, which tend to divest us of all our own operations, that his may be substituted in their place. Dec 30, Experiecning Powell rated it it was amazing. While the winds are fair, the pilot and the mariners rest from their labors.
The soul has a double advantage by proceeding thus; for, in withdrawing from outward objects, it constantly draws nearer to God; and besides the secret sustaining and preserving power and virtue which it receives, it is farther removed from sin the nearer it comes to Him; so that its conversion becomes firmly established as a matter of habit.
This is sxperiencing in the Canticles, i. This activity of the soul is attended with the utmost tranquility. Paperback94 pages. Valentina prayee it liked it Jan 08, When, through weakness, we become as it were uncentered, we must immediately turn again inward; and this process we must repeat as often as our distractions recur.
Now, some acts are transient and distinctothers are continuedand again, some are directand others reflective.
No, dear souls, believe me, this is edperiencing the best way in this degree of prayer; with patient love, with self-abasement and humiliation, with througu reiterated breathings of an ardent but peaceful affection, and with silence full of veneration, you must await the return of the Beloved. O divine Shepherd, Thou feedest thy flock with Thyself, and art indeed their daily bread.
For virtues flow from this soul into exercise with so much sweetness and facility, that they appear natural to it, and the living spring within breaks forth abundantly into a facility for all goodness, and an insensibility thrpugh all evil.
Refresh and try again. Would you not say that he had lost his senses, who, having undertaken a journey, should fix his abode at the first inn, because he had been told that many travellers had come that way, that some had lodged there, mada,e that the masters of the house dwelt there?
Would it not be an unjustifiable cruelty to show a spring to a thirsty man, then bind him so that nadame could not reach it, and suffer him to die of thirst? The impurity which is so fatal to union consists in Self-appropriation and Activity. T HE soul should not be surprised at feeling itself unable to offer up to God such petitions prwyer had formerly been made with facility; for now the Spirit maketh intercession for it according to the will of God; that Spirit which helpeth our infirmities; “for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Her public career as an evangelist of Quietism began soon after her widowhood.
Experiencing God Through Prayer by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon
They say again, that some may feign to have attained this state. In she went to Paris, where she was at first imprisoned for her opinions, in the Convent of St.
What a hungering for sufferings have those souls, who thus glow with divine love! My act, however, should consist in a continual turning to God, an exertion of every faculty and power of the soul purely for Him, agreeably to the instructions of the son of Sirach: Experiencung it does is to remain firm in its passive consent, enduring as patiently as possible all these divine operations, which it is neither able nor desirous to obstruct. Published December 31st by Whitaker Distribution first published June If any think that God is not easily to be found in this way, let them not on my testimony alter their minds, but let them try it, and their own experience will convince them, that the reality far exceeds all my representations of guuon.
It is also of the greatest importance for the soul to go to prayer with courage, and to guton with it such exxperiencing pure and disinterested love, as seeks nothing from God, but to please Him, and to do his will; for a servant who only proportions his diligence to his hope of reward, is unworthy of any recompense. With a sincere desire, therefore, for your salvation, seek nothing from the unpretending method here proposed, but the love of God, and you shall assuredly obtain it.
O words full of consolation! Shirley A Watson rated it really liked it Mar 04, The interior is not a strong hold, to be taken by storm and violence; but a kingdom of peace, which is to be gained only by love.
Experiencing God Through Prayer
The soul certainly enjoys transcendent blessedness, and finds that God is more intimately present to it than it is to itself. Nothing can interrupt this prayer but disordered affections; and when once we have enjoyed God, and the sweetness of his love, we shall find it impossible to relish aught but himself. What is this drawing near? It is practised by continually losing our own will in the will of God; renouncing every private inclination as soon as it arises, however good it may appear, that we may stand in indifference with respect to ourselves, and only will what God has willed from all eternity; resigning ourselves in all things, whether for soul or body, for time or eternity; forgetting the past, leaving the future to Providence, and devoting the present to God; satisfied with the present moment, which brings with it God’s eternal order in reference to us, and is as infallible a declaration of his will, as it is inevitable and common to all; attributing nothing that befalls us to the creature, but regarding all things in God, and looking upon all, excepting only our sins, as infallibly proceeding from Him.
If we do otherwise, and in our weakness attempt to attack our enemies, we shall frequently find ourselves wounded, if not totally defeated: The same may be said of this species of prayer, that is said of wisdom: Into this way, then, which is the divine motion, and the spirit of Jesus Christ, we must necessarily enter. John “Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me,” vii.
This conviction will make us content with everything; and cause us to regard all that happens, not from the side of the creature, but from that of God.