“And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save
“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”—John 12:47, 48
“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
The “Contemplative Prayer” and “House of Prayer” Connection
In my “2000 Years of Deception and Error” monastic posts (Desert Fathers, Benedictines and Carmelites so far) I have tried to show the monastic connection with asceticism and mysticism. As I research, I see that asceticism and mysticism are involved in the contemplative prayer and the unbiblical “goal” of a spiritual union with Jesus/God. Because of their experience with the world of darkness, John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila (and others), are elevated to Catholic “Sainthood” and recommended as people to emulate. The focus is on ones experience, even though the Bible tells us our focus is the LORD Jesus Christ
and His WORDS.
The Charism or spiritual focus of the Carmelite Order is Contemplative Prayer. The Discalced Carmelites have a strong prayer emphasis “guided by the teachings and experience of St Teresa of Ávila and St John of the Cross.” Notice: “Each day is marked by silence to create an environment for a house of prayer.”
This got me to wondering about a connection between Contemplative and “Houses of Prayer.” I first googled “house of prayer” and read through the first couple pages. Some of the “houses of prayer” were obviously contemplative. Some of the code words seem to be, intimacy with Jesus, spiritual transformation, intimacy with God, intimate encounter, spiritual warfare, fire, heart, contemplative.
I then googled, “house of prayer”, contemplative. There were 13,100 English pages. Of course, not every listing was a contemplative “house of prayer”, but quite a high percentage seemed to be. Here are a few of the Contemplative “Houses of Prayer” that I found.
Arkansas House of Prayer arkansashouseofprayer.org/calendar.html
An interfaith haven set apart in nature, dedicated to contemplative prayer, meditation and quiet…
Desert House of Prayer deserthouseofprayer.org/index.html
Desert House of Prayer is a center for contemplative prayer in the Christian, Catholic tradition. Located on 31 acres of Sonoran Desert outside Tucson, Arizona, Desert House of Prayer, founded in 1974, is a place and community committed to silence…he accommodations are named after the saints of the mystical tradition (Francis, Teresa, Juan de la Cruz, etc.)
Episcopal House of Prayer ehouseofprayer.org/
Our Vision is to be a ministry of spiritual transformation at the heart of the Episcopal diocese of Minnesota.
Our Mission is assisting in the ongoing work of discerning God’s voice, both within ourselves and in the world; providing guidance
in the search for wisdom; teaching forms of contemplative prayer; and offering training in the inner work of the spiritual life.
The Episcopal House of Prayer is situated on five acres of wooded land provided by St. John’s Abbey, a Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery in Collegeville, Minnesota….
Francis House of Prayer fhop.org/about.html
Francis House of Prayer serves the people of the Diocese of Trenton and beyond by providing a contemplative environment for prayer, spiritual direction, retreats and programs that foster a deepening relationship with God and ongoing spiritual growth.
International House of Prayer, Atlanta
The IHOP-Atlanta Encounter Service is a unique gathering that provides an atmosphere of freedom of worship…Each service is geared to call individuals to a depth of the knowledge of God, intimacy with Jesus, urgency for the hour, and the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle. We desire that each service would be a “heaven-opening” event contributing to the corporate prayer movement throughout the city…
Lebh Shomea House of Prayer lebhshomea.org/overview.htm
As we continue our spiritual journey, we join with all people who have faith in a loving God: Christians, Moslems, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and all other spiritual seekers in the family of God.
Lebh Shomea (pronounced in Hebrew “lev show-mae-a”) is a Christian community of men and women under the auspices of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. (omiusa.org/) Our lifestyle is contemplative-eremitical.
Everyone at Lebh Shomea—guests included—participates in the contemplative-eremitical life of the House of Prayer. Moreover, there are hermits living in permanent hermitages situated at remote sites on the property.
Guests who share our desert silence for indefinite periods are welcome year ’round. With the exception of meals and the Celebration of the Eucharist each day, there is no predetermined schedule, no imposed structure, only the freedom and creativity of solitude.…we are always available to listen heartfully to anyone seeking spiritual direction. One of the few more structured programs that we do offer is an Individual Desert Experience of forty days and forty nights.
House of Prayer for All Nations, Madison, Wisconsin houseofprayerforallnationsmadison.org/
What is the House of Prayer for All Nations?
It is a place for personal, intimate encounter with God… with a heart to minister to an audience of One. Prayer and worship ministry will have a variety of expressions reflecting the various expressions in the body of Christ. Our dream is that this house will become a place where the furnace of worship and prayer ignites a greater passion for God throughout the body of Christ in our community.
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”—John 14:15
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another,
as I have loved you.”—John 15:10–12
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.—Galatians 5:22–26
“For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;”—Ephesians 5:9