Contemplative Prayer and “House of Prayer” Websites, Part 2

(Updated March 2009)
God’s WORD

    “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”—Acts 26:18

    “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith
    to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
    —Romans 1:17

    “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…”
    —Romans 3:22

    “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;”—Romans 1:16–18

    “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

    “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an
    angel of light.

    “Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end
    shall be according to their works.”—2 Corinthians 11:13–15

International House of Prayer, Mike Bickle/Lou Engle (ihop.org)
Part 2 of Contemplative Prayer and “House of Prayer” Websites, compares the
IHOP website which focuses on prayer (24 hours/day and 365 days/year and in the night), instructions of how to pray scripture (known as lectio divina on monastic sites and in the emergent and Roman churches), directions on contemplative prayer, the bride of Christ, the heart of God, intimacy with Jesus, and intimacy with God, with the Carmelites, and the experience and writings of mystics, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross who seek a mystical union with God through contemplative prayer. [You may be interested in reading 2000 Years of Deception and Error Part 9 A–E: Carmelites, just click on the “2000 Years of the Church category.”]

The IHOP group is especially troublesome because of its major wresting of scriptures and hence, bad doctrine. The following are quotes from the IHOP website showing IHOPs similarity to the Carmelite beliefs.

Bridal Paradigm

The Bridegroom Message is a Call to Active Intimacy with God. The Bridal message speaks of God’s invitation for us to experience the deep things of His heart…To enjoy active intimacy with Jesus includes feeling His heart for us. The Bridal message speaks of experiencing Jesus’ emotions..

OneThing Young Adult Internship

“…This program is a prophetic call to the abandoned pursuit of the heart of God…for single young adults 18–25 years of age…by equipping this generation in the place of prayer… full-time intercessors

Fire in the Night

“… Fire in the Night (FITN)…young adults between the ages of 18–30…Track I is an introduction to theological concepts such as the Bride of Christ…We are calling young adults…intensively seek the face of Jesus.

Intro to IHOP

Intro to IHOP-KC is…targeting those that are committing the next 6-12 months to prayer…an intention to join staff at IHOP-KC. The program includes training in IHOP-KC’s worship and prayer model, the message of intimacy with God…new paradigms in healing and prophecy.

Simeon Company

The Simeon Company internship…intense training for mature adults, calling them to renewed abandonment in pursuing the heart of God.…the call to radical lives of prayerEmphasis is given to the themes of intimacy with our Bridegroom-King …Our goal is to see each intern renewed in fiery passion for Jesus

Summer Teen Intensive

Students ages 13–18 will pursue Jesus…to be equipped for a greater awakening of prayer…IHOP–KC Student Ministries is committed to the purposes of God for a generation that hungers to be captured by the love of the beautiful King, Jesus Christ.…The Summer Teen Intensive will be centered around the prayer room

Prayer Room

“…The prayer room is the heartbeat—the essence and the origin—of all that goes on at the IHOP Missions Base…We are offering Jesus unremitting adoration and contending for the manifestation of justice in every realm of life.

“It is our desire to worship Jesus… pouring out our lives before Him. We long for IHOP to be a place of encounter—a place for personal transformation, fresh revelation…”

The Room Setup

“… Devotional Worship meetings provide an atmosphere of “soaking” in the Word of God, having our hearts refreshed in intimacy…

Prayer Room Dynamics

I. What is intercession? (Intercession pdf)
Intercession is intimate partnership and agreement with God—it is intimacy. Prayer is an exchange of romance.  God speaks to us and it moves our hearts. When we speak back to God, His heart is moved.  God desires to establish or deepen this romantic relationship with us. He desires intimacy with us. He wants us to know His heart and more so, to feel the very emotions of His heart, and then He wants to hear us cry out for the longings of His heart to come to pass. His longings become our longings. It’s partnership at the most intimate level possible.

1a. We begin to feel and do what God feels and does.

2. Intercession is partnership. Intercession is the means by which God’s will is established on earth. God does not act apart from human beings partnering with His heart. Intercession expresses the bridal identity of the church. There is nothing more powerful that can fuel God’s heart to move upon the earth than the cry of His bride, whose desires reflect His own.

Prayer Room Resource Manual: Devotional Worship pdf

I. What is Devotional Worship?
Devotional Worship is a prayer format designed to provide an anointed atmosphere of meditation on scripture and for lingering in the presence of God

II. What do I do during a devotional worship set?
A. Contemplative Prayer—Enjoying intimacy with the Godhead by communing with the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, resulting in personal transformation.

Directions follow including praying the Bible or what is commonly called lectio divina on monastic sites I’ve visited.
c. “Behold the Holy Spirit within you. The goal now is to search for and experience God’s presence inside of you, not to only understand God’s Word.”

c.2 ” Once you feel God’s presence, you no longer need to focus on the Scripture. Begin to focus on Jesus’ presence within you.”

c.5 “The outward senses are quiet and your suface thoughts are gone. You are beginning to be consumed by the Spirit of Jesus.”

c.6 “In this time you can stay quiet or silently ask the Spirit to show you a vision.”

My comment
Wow! This is scary stuff! Where in the Bible is this from? If this isn’t from the Bible and the Lord, even though they say it is and make it sound spiritual, then
it must be from Satan and his spiritual kingdom of darkness.

God’s WORD

    “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”—Hebrews 11:6

    “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that
    we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
    —Hebrews 4:16

    “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto
    us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”—1 Corinthians 1:30

    “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
    —Philippians 1:11

    “For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.”—2 Corinthians 1:12

    “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”—1 John 5:20

Some of the IHOP Books available on ihop.org/Shop/
Categories: Intimacy with Jesus (47) and Contemplative books (23)

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

The Way Of The Heart by Henri Nouwen
Nouwen…interweaves the solitude, silence and prayer of the fourth and fifth century Egyptian Desert fathers with our contemporary search for authentic spirituality…

Longing For You: The Journey from Intercession to Intimacy
by D L Cossu

Clowning In Rome by Nouwen, Henri

Fire Within by Thomas Dubay
Mike Bickle…recommends this book: “I want this book to be the manual for IHOP.” Writings that touch the pure-flaming heart of God.

Collected Works of St. John of the Cross by John of the Cross
Kristen, General Manager…”A must have for any fan of the mystics…It is an excellent book for devotional or contemplative times…

Ascent of Mount Carmel by John of the Cross
“… the latest addition to Paraclete’s distinguished Christian Classics series.

Side Note about Paraclete Press
I will talk about Paraclete Press in a future post. Paraclete Press offers emerging books, monastic spirituality books, Benedictine books as well as others. Basil Pennington, Scot McKnight and Lauren Winner are featured authors.

From their site: Paraclete Press offers ideas, wisdom, and beauty from authors, composers, and artists, drawing from Christian traditions through the centuries and from today, providing resources for those desiring wholeness through Christ. We are the publishing house of the Community of Jesus, a monastic, Christian community in the Benedictine tradition

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers by Benedicta Ward
God is now awakening a worldwide desire among His people to seek the spiritual principles of those early monks and so to increase the quality of their own spiritual lives.

The Lives of the Desert Fathers by Benedicta Ward
Eyewitness accounts of the lives and teachings of the fourth-century Desert Fathers…

A Call To The Secret Place, by Michal Ann Goll
Meet seven remarkable women who said “yes” to A Call to the Secret Place close to God’s heart…. insight into the lives of Jeanne Guyon, Teresa of Avila…

Deep Unto Deep: The Journey of His Embrace by Dana Candler
We are on a wondrous journey of intimacy with God and He… arranged…to bring us into the fullness of His love…exploring the themes of communion with the Holy Spirit and union with God…the very mystical dimensions of connecting with God in a life of prayer.

The Pleasures of God by John Piper
“…John Piper explores a life-changing essential —’We will be most satisfied in God when we know why God himself is most satisfied in God.'”

Jeanne Guyon: An Autobiography by Jeanne Guyon

Experiencing The Depths of Jesus Christ by Jeanne Guyon

Final Steps In Christian Maturity by Jeanne Guyon

The Best of Fenelon by Francois Fenelon
Three of this prolific author’s most famous works: Maxims of the Saints, Spiritual Letters, and Christian Counsel.

Madame Jeanne Guyon and Francois Fenelon
I am including information on two of the above authors, Jeanne Guyon
(Madame Guyon) and Fenelon.

Madame Jeanne Guyon 1648-1717
Jeanne-Marie Bouvier de la Motte-Guyon (Madame Guyon), was a French mystic and one of the key advocates of Quietism.

    Quietism was a Christian philosophy that swept through France,
    Italy and Spain during the 17th century, but it had much earlier
    origins. The mystics known as Quietists insist with more or less
    emphasis on intellectual stillness and interior passivity as
    essential conditions of perfection.

    The state of imperturbable serenity or ataraxia was seen as a desirable state of mind by Epicurus and the Stoic philosophers alike, and by their Roman followers…

    Quietism has been compared to the Buddhist doctrine of Nirvana.

    Quietism states that man’s highest perfection consists of a self-annihilation, and subsequent absorption, of the soul into the Divine,
    even during the present life. In this way, the mind is withdrawn
    from worldly interests to passively and constantly contemplate God…

Note: Notice how wiki comments that Quietism is heretical to the Roman Catholic Church, when, if the matter is studied, the belief system has been absorbed into monastic thought, and very much a part of the Roman Catholic related prayer movements, such as IHOP in this post.

François Fénelon b. 1651
François Fénelon was educated by the Jesuits, became a priest, and spent 3 years preaching to Protestants. In 1688, Fénelon met Madame Guyon, who claimed to have mystical experiences and to have the secret of loving God. She had been imprisoned by the archbishop of Paris in a convent because he feared that she was in error. Fénelon believed in her stoutly; he visited her infrequently but corresponded with her voluminously…In 1695, Fénelon was made archbishop of Cambrai and from then until his death he spent his time in writing, teaching, and preaching. He was appointed tutor to Louis XIV’s grandson…Fenelon’s political ideas were based on the universal brotherhood of man…

God’s WORD

    “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”—Ephesians 5:11

    “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
    —2 Corinthians 11:3, 4

    “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”—Mark 16:15

    “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”—Isaiah 40:8

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