The Mark Centre and Silent Prayer – Strategy to Affect Millions

Another one of the extra-biblical tools of contemplative spirituality which the the BC MB Conference’s Mark Centre uses to teach retreaters how to listen to God is called Silent Prayer, or contemplative prayer:

Silent Prayer

Focusing your heart on God

Invitations from God

“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”(Psalm 37:7)
“I have stilled and quieted my soul.” (Psalm 131:2)

Purpose

• Being still before the Lord for a few minutes could help us live a lifestyle of waiting patiently for God in all things.
• Letting go of concerns to be still in God’s presence brings peace, holding onto concerns and burdens brings anxiety.
• It takes effort to stop in the face of a noisy and busy world to turn your heart towards God.
• Silence before God can bring an awareness of his active presence and keep us from unhealthy self-absorption.
• Silent prayer prepares us to listen to God throughout our day.
• Focusing on who God is reminds us we can trust him.

Practice

• Find a quiet place and sit comfortably.
• Review scriptures that invite you to silence before God.
• Choose a meaningful word/phrase that helps you focus on God. (For example, “ABBA Father” or “Creator”)
• Be absolutely still and quiet, focusing on the presence of God.
• As thoughts and concerns come to mind, let them go by mentally reciting your word/phrase.
• Perhaps picture the thoughts/concerns floating by like boats in a river. As they go by, you don’t stop them and analyze them, you simply release them to keep floating down the river.
• Continue this process for about 20 minutes. End with a prayer.

SOURCE: http://www.markcentre.org/ListeningTools/SilentPrayer.html

As the MB Herald recently published, this form of contemplative spirituality is now being spread through missions. In fact, the Mark Centre says that their strategy is to spread their contemplative spirituality to millions…

Our Mission
To lead people to intimate places with God where his voice can be heard.

Our Overriding Goal
To serve thousands who will inspire millions to embrace a lifestyle of listening to God.

Our Strategy
We are serving thousands who will inspire millions to embrace a lifestyle of listening to God by
1. Facilitating listening experiences
2. Training leaders to listen to God’s voice and inspire others
3. Helping people with dreams to launch new centres where listening to God is a priority.

http://www.markcentre.org/About.html

To find out the difference between this method of prayer and biblical prayer, and why this may be of deep concern, please read the following:

Contemplative Prayer vs. Biblical Prayer
by Christine Narloch
http://www.earnestlycontend.com/cp.html

Silent prayer – is it Biblical?
http://www.gotquestions.org/silent-prayer.html

Contemplative Prayer – What is it?
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/cp.htm

The Silence
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/thesilence.htm

CONTEMPLATING CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER: IS IT REALLY PRAYER?
By Marcia Montenegro (page 1 of 3)
http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_ContemplativePrayer1.html

Also see:

THE CONTEMPLATIVE MARK CENTRE TEACHES “CHRISTIANIZED” MANTRA MEDITATION
http://mbcontemplativearchive.blogspot.com/2011/01/contemplative-mark-centre-teaches.html

2012 UPDATES:

St. Ignatius of Loyola & St. Teresa of Avila and Agnes Sanford at a Mennonite Retreat Centre?
https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/st-ignatius-of-loyola-st-teresa-of-avila-and-agnes-sanford-at-a-mennonite-retreat-centre/

Mennonites Reading and Quoting Thomas Kelly
https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/reading-and-quoting-thomas-kelly/

Richard Rohr Impacts the Mark Centre, the Mennonites, and Maybe Millions
https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/richard-rohr-impacts-the-mark-centre/

What Will Ears Hear in The Mark Centre’s New Book?
https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/the-mark-centres-new-book/

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