Session 4 of Fight Club is all about prayer. We talk at length about what prayer is and what it isn’t.
One of the central themes of prayer that Jesus spoke on was the concept of “abiding.” Abiding is the state in which we are in a place of continuity with the Father, where we are in a continuous conversation with Him throughout the day. Minutes may pass, even hours may pass between, but each time we recognize His pull, we rejoin Him, just for the sake of being with Him.
Jeanne Guyon (1648-1717) was a woman who knew what it meant to abide. She wrote at great length on the subject of prayer, but it was this quote from her autobiography that caught my attention today.
“…What can I ask for? God gives me more blessings than I wish for; what should I ask of Him? He forestalls my requests and my desires. He makes me forget myself, that I may think of Him. He forgets Himself for me: how should I not forget myself for Him? …O Divine Charity, you are every prayer, every request, every thanksgiving, and yet you are none of this! You are a substantial prayer, which, in an eminent degree, includes every distinct and detailed prayer.” In other words, all of our prayers can perhaps be best described as part of a greater prayer-the prayer of our life, in essence.
If Jeanne were to “sum up,” she might word it this way, from a poem of hers: “There was a period when I chose, A time and place for prayer … But now I seek that constant prayer, In inward stillness known …”
We are talking about the constant connection between our spirit and His Spirit! When we are exhorted to “walk in the Spirit,” this is what it means: to carry ourselves in a state of awareness of the presence of God as He speaks, guides, instructs, teaches, comforts, etc., the very actions that Jesus promised the Spirit would perform within us.
Prayer is not simply an event; it is meant to be a continuous flow of our outpouring and His infilling.
What is prayer like for you?