What is this thing I call prayer? Why do I pray? Do I need to belong to a church and worship? Is God a needy being that demands to be worshipped? Why do I go to mass? Isn’t it to commune with God?
Once I started to pray in silence, I felt a deeper connection with God. Actually I experienced Connection, Communication and Communion with God, something that I came to refer to as “The 3 Cs.”
Once I began praying in silence I realized that silent prayer was allowing me to Connect, Communicate, and Commune with God at a much deeper level than all the other rituals and practices I had engaged before in my life. Through silent prayer, I came to understand that all prayer is relationship, and, in my case, I not only chose the kind of relationship I wanted, but, as perplexing as it may sound, I also chose the kind of god I wanted to relate to. I chose to develop a loving and gentle relationship with a loving and gentle god. During this process, I also became more loving and gentle with my own self, and better able to find love and gentleness in other individuals as well.
Here’s the god that I have found in Centering Prayer… or the god that I have created for me… or the god that God has created for me: I have found a god who desires a relationship with me, a god who wants to be my close friend.
God is my friend.
I experience a friendship like no other with God.