Praying Scripture for the New Evangelization | Tim Gray on Lectio Divina | Part Two: God’s Invitation
on Wednesday, 27 June 2012.
by TERI TOLPA
Part Two: God’s Invitation
Do you ever have a difficult time listening to God at prayer? The Scriptures are God speaking to us – the Word of God. God is waiting. All we need to do is learn to listen.
The following is Part Two of an excerpt from Praying Scripture for a Change: An Introduction to Lectio Divina by Dr. Tim Gray, PhD, president of the Augustine Institute. (Published by Ascension Press.) If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to pray with Scripture, read on for a taste (and borrow or buy the whole book…if you’re hungry for more!). This is the second part of a four part series of an Introduction to the Introduction to Lectio Divina (kind of like the Summa to the Summa)
We must always keep in mind that prayer is God’s invitation to enter into an intimate relationship of love and life with Him. If we forget that this is what is happening when we pray, we start treating prayer as simply an obligation, as a hoop that must be jumped through in order to avoid offending God and provoking His displeasure. We should never see prayer as a means of bribing, manipulating, or placating a capricious god. Such a view is not only false but ultimately enslaving.
God doesn’t want us to be slaves, but free sons and daughters. And so He gives us the liberating Spirit of His Son and showers us with gifts through His Holy Church. Indeed, the Catechism defines prayer as a familial relationship: “Christian prayer is a covenant relationship between God and man in Christ” (CCC 2564). God desires a personal relationship with us though our Lord Jesus, Who has paid with His blood to open the door for us to enter into that relationship. And that’s the good news: the God Who calls us to relationship, and Who has suffered and died to bridge the chasm between man and God, will surely provide the means for us to enter into this intimate relationship of prayer. The God who has put in your heart the desire to know Him intimately will fulfill that desire.
In the course of this book, we will discover the secret of the saints, an approach to prayer which can enable us to begin the adventure of a life-giving dialogue with God.
To be continued…
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