Jeanne Guyon discovers the great difference between praying to God and experiencing God through prayer. In this inspirational book she shares secrets of this. Madame Jeanne Guyon discovered the great difference between praying to God, and experiencing God through prayer. She shares the secrets of this higher. Lisa Donovan’s thoughts and quotes from. Experiencing God through Prayer. By Madame Jeanne Marie Guyon (). Although her writings must be read.

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Again it is clear that she was motivated by the love of Christ and had much wisdom to share, and I am blessed because I read it. As soon as anything is turned towards its centre, it is precipitated towards it with extreme rapidity, unless it be withheld by some invincible obstacle.

Experiencing God Through Prayer

Let us all agree in the W AYas we all agree in the end, which is evident and incontrovertible. It was written for a few individuals, who were desirous of loving God with all their heart. If we become discouraged, we are the more enfeebled; and from our reflections on our imperfections, a chagrin arises, which is often worse than the imperfections themselves. DeLea rated it really liked it Sep 30, But they should not burthen themselves with frequent repetitions of set forms, or studied prayers; for the Lord’s prayer once repeated as I have just described, will produce abundant fruit.

Some wish or word, some sigh or sign, will inevitably escape him, and betray that he is far from being satisfied. External acts are those which appear outwardly, and bear relation to some sensible object, and have no moral character, except such as they derive from the principle from which they proceed.

He is more present to us than we are to ourselves. So simple, but not very easy.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. By man’s giving a passive consent, God, without usurpation, may assume full power and an entire guidance; for having, in the beginning of his conversion, made an unreserved surrender of prayre to all that God wills of him or by him, he thereby gave an active consent to whatever God might afterwards require.

The goldsmith cannot now discover any adulterate mixture, because of its perfect purity and simplicity. And what was it Mary had chosen? We often bear experienciing cross in weakness, at other times in strength; all should be alike to us in the will of God. Paul, and suffer themselves “to be led by the Spirit of God ,” Rom. But what becomes of the babe that thus gently and without exertion, drinks in the milk?

The soul that is called to a state of inward silence, should not encumber itself with vocal prayers; whenever it makes use of them, and finds a difficulty therein, and an attraction to silence, let it not use constraint by persevering, but yield to the internal drawings, unless the repeating such prayers be a matter of obligation.


I shall here use this latter appellation, as being more just than that of contemplation, which implies a more advanced state than that I am now treating of.

This is a state of sacrifice essential to the Christian religion, in which the soul suffers itself to be destroyed and annihilated, that it may pay homage througb the sovereignty of God; as it is written, “The power of the Lord is great, and he is honored only by the humble.

Book Review: “Experiencing God through Prayer” by Madame Guyon (The Prayer Foundation)

Then, continuing the Lord’s prayer, let him beseech this King of Glory to reign in him, abandoning himself to God, that He may do it, and acknowledging his right to rule over him.

The purest love is that which is of his immediate operation in the soul; why should we then be so eager for action?

Now heaven represents the ground and centre of the soul, wherein all must be hushed to silence when the majesty of God appears.

Who would believe that it could thus receive nourishment? Go, then, ye poor children, to your heavenly Father, speak to him in your natural language; rude and barbarous as it may be, it is not so to Him. Jesus Christ assures us, that the “kingdom of God is within us: God, to whom they are united, leads them to the most extensive practice of it; He is exceedingly jealous over them, and permits them not the least pleasure.

All cannot form the first, neither are all in a state suited to form the others. All dxperiencing imaginations of God amount to nothing; a lively faith in his presence is sufficient.

On the contrary, few and transient fruits must attend that labor which is confined to outward matters, such as burdening the disciple with a thousand precepts for external exercises, instead of leading the soul turough Christ by the occupation of the heart in Him.

Meditative reading is the choosing some important practical or speculative truth, always preferring the practical, and proceeding thus: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Her public career as an evangelist of Quietism began soon after her widowhood. He says by the mouth of his prophet David, experiehcing still and know that I am God.

And doth not Jesus Christ himself thank his Father for having “hid these things from the wise and prudent, and revealed them unto babes? They lose these advantages by their own fault.

At these seasons we are apt to believe that it proves our fidelity, and evinces a greater ardor of affection to seek Him by an exertion of our own strength and activity; or that such a course will induce Him the more speedily to revisit us.


This way is not dangerous. G OD has an attractive virtue which draws the soul more and more powerfully to Himself, and in attracting, He purifies; just as it is with a gross vapor exhaled by the sun, which, as it gradually ascends, is rarified and rendered pure; the vapor, indeed, contributes to its ascent only by its passivity; but the soul co-operates freely and voluntarily.

It is at first an inclination towards God. T HE soul that is faithful in the exercise of love and adherence to God, as above described, is astonished to feel Him gradually taking possession of its whole being; it now enjoys a continual sense of that presence which is become as it were natural to it; and this, as well as prayer, becomes a matter of habit. Thus it is said, “to serve God is to reign.

Not seeking glory or honor for herself, while at the same time firm in her conviction that God is everything and we must spur one another on towards Him. This is agreeable to the assertion of St. Shae Cottar rated it it was amazing Apr 23, It is not perfect however good and essential to salvation when it consists simply in turning from sin to grace. Love is the weight which sinks them. How well did the spouse understand this, when she said, “Draw me, we will run after thee.

Actions produced by a divine principle, are divine; but creaturely actions, however good prayed appear, are only human, or at least virtuous, even when accompanied by grace. A couple pages in the morning to get your day off to a fresh start. But doubtless you will not, when you have learnt the method, which is the easiest in the world. Great faith produces great abandonment; we must confide in God, “hoping against hope. A life of piety appears so frightful to many, and prayer of such difficult attainment, that they are discouraged from taking a single step towards it.

This is a concise, wise little beginner book on prayer. But as I have said that our direct and principal exercise should consist in the contemplation of the Divine presence, we should be exceedingly diligent in recalling our dissipated senses, as the most easy method of overcoming distractions; for a direct contest only serves to irritate maddame augment them; whereas, by sinking within, under a view by faith, of a present God, and simply recollecting ourselves, we wage insensibly a very successful, though indirect war with them.

It is not the quantity that is read, but the manner of reading, that yields us profit.