I hear people tell me they want a deeper and more intimate relationship with God.
Do you find that when you are with people that you have a deeper and more intimate relationship with, that you often do not need to talk?
You just like being with that person.
You can sit in the same room, read a book, watch a movie, or just sit together.
And you are both okay with that.
In fact it is kind of nice.
For example, my wife, and kids and I can sit in the family room and not talk.
We just like being with each other.
Silent prayer is just like that.
You don’t always need to talk.
Sometimes it is just nice to sit with God.
One way I do this is with Centering Prayer.
I do this twice per day.
Yes, I do pray in other ways.
I have discovered that Centering Prayer is a beautiful way to go deeper and have a more intimate relationship with God.
Let me know if you want to learn more.
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