Strengthening our Inner Being

Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Meditation is the devotional practice of pondering the words of a verse, or verses of Scripture, with a receptive heart, allowing the Holy Spirit to take the written Word and apply it as the living word to the inner being. – Campbell McAlpine

The Christian’s life in all its aspects – intellectual and ethical, devotional and relational, upsurging in worship and outgoing in witness – is supernatural; only the Spirit can initiate and sustain it. So apart from him, not only will there be no lively believers and no lively congregations, there will be no believers and no congregations at all. – J. I. Packer

Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We would like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet, it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability — and that it may take a very long time. Above all, trust in the slow work of God, our loving vine-dresser. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Surrendering the idea of investment and outcome is uncomfortable.
Doing is easy. Being is much harder.
– Cathleen Falsani, The Pastor’s Message

Is it useful?  That’s the question asked by a utilitarianism that ascribes value only to those things that “produce results.”  And because we cannot ever actually “prove” that prayer “works,” many dismiss it as a waste of time. Prayer, by its very nature, calls us into communion with God—communion for its own sake, not for any other reason.  We do not pray to “feel” anything, to gain a new insight, or to be given power to accomplish something.  We pray to be with God—or more accurately, to enter into fellowship with the God who is already with us (Emmanuel).
– Steve Harper, Prayer is Wasting Time With God

Now and then, for a little while, we enter into a sort of personal rolling blackout called prayer: we unhook from all the things that make us feel like we get power from outside us, and let our power come from God alone. We deepen our connection with all of life and its Source, and deepen our awareness of God’s power within us. We notice the things that obstruct our connection with the Holy One and we let go of them. We let go of the illusion that we are isolated beings. We become powerless so that we might claim the true and pure divine power within. – Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Power Outage

Where there is love and wisdom,
there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Where there is patience and humility,
there is neither anger nor vexation.
Where there is poverty with joy,
there is neither greed nor avarice.
Where there is peace and meditation,
there is neither anxiety nor doubt.
Where the fear of the Lord stands guard,
there the enemy finds no entry.
Where there is mercy and moderation,
there is neither indulgence nor harshness.
Francis of Assisi, as quoted in
The Riches of Simplicity: Selected Writings of Francis and Clare

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Click here for a short, excellent article on the spiritual practice of breath prayer. This is an excellent remedy to busyness.

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