An Apophatic Prayer

Happy those who can make this prayer their own:

Christ, you see who I am. For me, not to hide anything in my heart from you is a necessity. You were a human being, too. And when my inner self seems to be pulled in a thousand different directions, my thirsting heart reaches the point of praying: “Enable me to live a life rooted in you, Jesus the Christ; unify my desire and my thirst.” [1]

This is a sound prayer. This is a prayer of a desire that has the potential of leading what I believe is the right direction. A prayer of desire that mirrors the desire of God for us.

I recently added a spiritual practice to my own life for Lent. I use the first part of the breath prayer and the prayer Jesus repeated in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Not my will but thy will.” If Jesus found comfort and nurturing strength during a difficult time of spiritual endurance, then I feel I can trust such a repeated prayer to be able to help me.  This is what I pray as I breathe in, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,” and when I breathe out I pray, “Lord not my will but thine.” I use this form in apophatic prayer twice a day when possible. I do find it to be a source of comfort and assurance in this prayer. It is a practice worth exploring.

Just a brief note to share with others traveling on the Way.


[1] From <http://www.taize.fr/en_article75.html>&nbsp;