[MANY] METHODS OF PRAYER require concentration. Some forms of prayer involve passionate petition. In intercession we earnestly bring our concerns to God. In listening prayer we give rapt attention to what God is saying to us. Mantric meditation employs concentration. The constant repetition of the mantra or short phrase helps the pray-er focus and move into another state of consciousness. Concentration can make us more attentive. Mindfulness meditation can increase awareness.
Centering Prayer does not require constant use of a mantra or consciousness of breathing or any effort of exerted attention. Letting go of all our efforts, we simply sit with the intention of surrendering to God. We wait with openness, turning to God through the use of our prayer word that expresses our readiness to receive the love of God.
– J. David Muyskens
Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer
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37:9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.”
Ezekiel 37:9, NRSV
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