Sunday, 9 July 2017

Prayer is living within the life of God Himself

A ceaseless interchange of mutual love unites the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our prayer is not merely communication with God, it is coming to know God by participation in this divine life. In prayer we experience what it is to be made “participants in the divine nature”; we are caught up in the communion of the divine persons as they flow to one another in self-giving love and reciprocal joy.
If we hold before us (in wonder) the mystery of the triune life of God our prayer will realise its full potential. The conception of prayer as homage paid to a distant God will fall away. We shall find ourselves full of awe and gratitude that the life of divine love is open and accessible to us, for God dwells in us. “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
If we begin to accept God’s generosity in drawing us into the
divine life, and grasp the dignity bestowed on us by the divine
indwelling, prayer will spring up in adoration and thanksgiving.

From the Rule of Life of the Society of St John the Evangelist, chapter 21.

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