Prayer of the Heart While Reading the Bible

May 17, 2012

One of the things I am noticing as part of the spiritual formation classes I  have been taking at Fresno Pacific University is the depth of prayer which exists.

It has been enjoyable to learn about the many intricacies and elements of prayer. For example, Henri Nouwen writes to us in his book, Reaching Out, “Prayer is a gift of God. They say that we cannot truly pray by ourselves, but that it is God’s spirit who prays in us” (p. 124). Often while reading the Bible I can sense God in me. Reading His word helps me to feel that He is in my heart, talking to me and leading me.

Thomas Merton further explains this feeling when he reveals in Bridges to Contemplative Living, “How does one know God in the heart? By praying in the heart” (p. 41). Praying in the heart is perhaps the best way to pray. I cannot always pray in the heart because it takes a significant amount of quiet time with God, but when I do get to pray with God in my heart, it is awesome.

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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