When you listen to a Bible teacher, do you ask yourself, “Is this taught in the Bible?” Or is this someone’s insight or opinion? There is a lot of “Bible teaching” that is not based on Scripture but based on the individual’s own learning and insights. Ask yourself, “Where did they learn this? Who do they learn from?”
Sometimes you can learn a lot from researching who they follow. You may discover that this “Bible teacher” is learning from some unbiblical sources. You would be surprised how many well-known “Bible teachers” subscribe to New Age thought. This is very dangerous.
One such teaching is “Listening Prayer”. GotQuestions.org has an excellent article on this topic. I urge you to read it. What is Listening Prayer?
Another great source to learn more about this topic and where it came from is the video Wide Is The Gate 2 (5 of 5) The Emerging New Christianity: The Contemplative Mystical Movement. Watch it here.
You can learn more about Caryl Matrisclana and Wide Is the Gate at Bruce Cooper’s excellent blog, Reasoned Cases for Christ here.
Jesus prayed to the Father for us,
“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17 NIV
He taught us how to pray,
“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father, who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Matthew 6:9-13 NASB
The Bible, God’s Word, is our only source of Truth. This is how God speaks to His children. Read it every day.
In His Love, Cindy
Do you want to know more about Jesus? See my page Who Is Jesus?
4 thoughts on “Listening Prayer: What It Is And Why You Need to Know”
We ought to read less about the Bible, and read more of the Bible instead. Also, we should read more of the Bible in big chunks. The epistles are letters to congregations; read the whole thing just like you’d read a letter from home.
Of course there is a time to dig deeper for meaning, but we could benefit from devouring large portions of scripture in one sitting. The book of Romans can be read in less than a half hour.
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Amen to that! I couldn’t agree more! It is so important to read verses in context in order to understand the meaning correctly. Blessings, Robert!
Thanks, Cindy. Contemplative/centering prayer originated with the Medieval Catholic “mystics.” Regrettably, many evangelical pastors are introducing contemplative prayer (and the writings of the Catholic mystics) to their congregations.
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Unfortunately, that’s true. It is also coming from women’s Bible studies. God’s Word warns us to beware of false teaching. But ecumenicalism is strong, and it wants us to accept everyone and everything. People don’t want to judge what they listen to, but they should. Blessings, Tom!
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