An Introduction to Contemplative Prayer

Below is a video of An Introduction to Contemplative Prayer by Jim Williams at Church of the Redeemer.  The overview that Jim gives assumes a Christian context and that his listeners are committed Christians.  Christian Contemplative Prayer occurs in the presence of God by people who are filled with the Holy Spirit.  Without the relationship to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the act of engaging in contemplation can open a person up to negative spiritual experiences.  Christian contemplation is a spiritual discipline that is done by a Christian who lives an active devotional life in a Christian community.  Links to the books Jim references are below the video.

Open Mind, Open Heart by Fr. Thomas Keating

The Practice of the Love of Jesus by Alphonsus Ligouri

The Cloud of Unknowing & The Privy Counsel by An Anonymous Author

The Spiritual Exercises St. Ignatius of Loyola

A Prayer for Those in the Ministry for Life

A Prayer After Ministry

Lord Jesus, thank you for sharing with me your wonderful ministry of life. Thank you for the wonders of your works that I have seen and experienced today. I realize that the sickness, evil, sin and death that I encounter are more than my humanity can bear. So cleanse me of any sadness, negativity, despair or pain that I have picked up.

If my ministry has tempted me to anger, impatience, depression, bitterness or other sinful thoughts or emotions, cleanse me of those temptations and replace them with love, joy, peace, gentleness, kindness, patience and purity of heart.

If any evil spirits have attached themselves to me or oppress me in any way, I command you, spirits of darkness and forces of evil to depart now and go straight to Jesus Christ for Him to deal with as He will. I plead the blood of Jesus Christ over my spirit, soul and body.

Come, Holy Spirit, renew me, fill me anew with your power, love and joy; fill me with abundant life and health.

Holy Father, I ask you through Jesus Christ to please send your holy angels to minister to me and my family, and to guard and protect us from all evil, harm, sickness and injury. Send and empower your angels to keep us safe and to grant us peace and rest.  Amen.

I praise you now and forever, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.