Nouwen and Room

Later has come.  If you don’t know what that means, please refer to the last post.

Although we can find Home in God’s unconditional love, I love Nouwen’s idea of prayer being the discipline that encompasses all the other disciplines.  Prayer for Nouwen was what nurtured the relationship with God and invited His presence into our lives.

Prayer for Nouwen was creating room – room for the presence of God in our lives.  It was the idea of creating room for God’s transforming presence.  “God dwells only where man steps back to give him room.”  So the last post talked about God giving us a Home – to be truly present and to be truly ourselves, but Room is something that we create for God to transform us.

Prayer for so many is persuading God to give, but for Nouwen, he described a transformation that happened when room was created for God to transform.  Prayer was about listening.  Prayer was about obedience.  “Prayer is only prayer when we can say that without it, a man cannot live.”  He also says that “Prayer requires that we stand in God’s presence with open hands, naked and vulnerable, proclaiming to ourselves and to others that without God we can do nothing.”  Prayer is creating room to be with God in an intimate way.

I want to learn how to pray in this way.  I want to learn how to create room for God so that he can transform me.  Prayer that is being present with God in a real way – not me saying what is in my mind, but being present with Him in my heart.

Thanks Henri.

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