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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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Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Aug 13, All our care should therefore be directed towards acquiring the greatest degree of inward recollection; nor should we epxeriencing discouraged by the difficulties we encounter in this exercise, trough will soon be recompensed on the part of God, by such abundant supplies of grace, as will render it perfectly easy, provided we are faithful in meekly withdrawing our hearts from outward distractions and occupations, and returning to our centre, with affections full of tenderness and serenity.

What is it you fear? But I say, that mortification should not be our principal exercise; nor should we prescribe to ourselves such and such austerities, but simply following the internal attractions of grace, and being occupied with the divine presence, without thinking particularly on mortification, God will enable us to througj every species of it.

Experiencing God Through Prayer by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon

As He becomes the incessant examiner of the soul, it can now no longer examine itself; and if it be faithful in its abandonment, experience will prove that it is much more effectually explored by his guton light, than by all its own carefulness. God purifies the soul by his Praayer, as refiners do metals in the furnace.

I T will be objected, that, huyon this method, we shall have no mysteries imprinted on our minds; but so far is this from being the case, that it is the peculiar means of imparting them to the soul. When by an act of lively faith, you are placed in the presence of God, read some truth wherein there is substance; pause gently thereon, not to employ the reason, but merely to fix the mind; observing that the principal exercise should ever be the presence of God, and that the subject, therefore, should rather serve to stay the mind, than exercise it in reasoning.

Jesus Christ, to whom we are abandoned, and whom we follow as the way, whom we hear as the truth, and who animates us as the life John xiv. It is not perfect however good and essential to salvation when it consists simply in turning from sin to grace. Paul, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new,” 2Cor. Such is the scrutiny of Him who suffers no evil to be concealed; and the only way is to turn simply to God, and bear the pain and correction He inflicts.


He, therefore, intercedes for all that is necessary for our perfection. To hate sin in this manner, is to hate it as God does. I grant that they do not act of themselves; but they are drawn, and they follow the attraction.

It is ignorant that its inability minutely to observe the manner of its motion, is occasioned by the swiftness of its progress; and that the operations of God, abounding more and more, absorb those of the creature; just as we see that the stars shine brightly before the sun rises, but gradually vanish as his light advances, and become invisible, not from want of light in themselves, but from the excess of it in him.

The whole is submitted to the judgment of the learned and experienced; requesting them, however, not to stop at the surface, but to enter into the main design of the author, which is to induce the whole world to love God, and to serve Him with comfort and success, in a simple and easy manner, adapted to those little ones who are unqualified for learned and deep researches, but who earnestly desire to be truly devoted to God.

Experiencing God Through Prayer : Madame Guyon :

Lists with This Book. Meditative reading is the choosing some important practical or speculative truth, always preferring the practical, and proceeding thus: What will he do, then? Instead, then, of encouraging sloth, we promote the highest activity, by inculcating a total dependence on the Spirit of God, as epxeriencing moving principle; for it is in Him, and by Him tyrough, that we live and move, and have our being.

This appearance madxme inaction is, indeed, not the consequence of sterility, but of abundance, as will be clearly perceived by the experienced soul, who will recognize that the silence is full and unctuous by reason of plenty.

Her opinions were condemned by a commission, of which Bossuet was president. The decay of internal piety is unquestionably the source of the various errors that have appeared in the world; all would speedily be overthrown, were inward devotion re-established. It is the beginning of union. If any will thus pursue the little path I have pointed out, it will lead them to infused prayer. Divine union has paryer commencement, its progress, its achievement, and its consummation.


For as it is the heart alone that can oppose his sovereignty, it is by the subjection of the heart that his sovereignty is expdriencing highly honored: When the vessel is in port, the mariners are obliged to exert all their strength, that they may clear her thence, and put to sea; but they subsequently turn her with facility as they please.

Nothing is so easily obtained as the possession and enjoyment of God. Augustine blames himself for the time he had lost in not having sought God, from the first, in this manner of prayer.


Abandonment is a matter of the greatest importance in our progress; it is the key to the inner court; so that he who knows truly how to abandon himself, will soon become perfect. Let this, then, be done in you; and suffer not yourself to be attached to anything, however good it may appear; it is no longer such to you, if it in any measure turns you aside from what God desires of you.

Experiencing God Through Prayer

The Apostle, in the same passage, proves the necessity of this divine influence. An unprejudiced reader will find, hidden under the most common expressions, a secret unction, which will excite him to seek after that happiness which all should wish to enjoy. No sooner do the bodily eyes close, than the soul is wrapt in prayer: 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.

She shares the secrets of this higher plane of fellowship in the hope that you will advance in your individual walk with God. Written three hundred years ago it’s relevant today.

This is what St. There are two kinds of people that keep silence; the one because they have nothing to say, the other because they have too much: