It was suggested within the ideology and theology of Meister Eckhart that instead of praying to God as though He is somewhere else, that we might instead pray to God where we ourselves often leave Him: Within the Temple of the Holy Ghost. In our hearts.
Whooooaaaa. That’s intriguing to consider. God is within us, and thus is closer to us than even we are to ourselves.Do to His omnipresence, it is possible for Him to be elsewhere, and still here within us. Many people pray to ask Him into their heart, and then leave Him there. In their heart. One main room, the Holy of Holies in the Temple, if you will. But that’s not where He belongs. He is a consuming fire, if you allow Him to consume you. God tells us to be either Hot or Cold, not lukewarm. He should be allowed to have all of you. All or nothing. The Apostle Paul says this: I die daily. He also says: It is no longer I but Christ living in me.
Everything we do in today’s age has split our Spirit from the rest of us. We aren’t taught to train our spirits as a general rule. Many people I know learn the spiritual disciplines of prayer, or fasting, or bible reading, as just disciplines. Leaving out their spirit.
Now, to tie in something else that will start off seeming to be down the rabbit hole. I was watching Kung Fu Panda 3 earlier today, and a phrase by Master Oogway took me hostage, as I realized the truth found therein.. And keep in mind, this is based around chinese philosophy. I’ll tie it into prayer in a few moments.
“When will you realize? The more you take, the less you have.”
When it comes down to the world of the Spirit, of the Kingdom of Heaven, the same is also true. Even when you are asking God for things.Yes, we are encouraged to seek God in times of need. We are told that we have not, because we ask not. But we also are told to Seek First the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and then all those other things will be added unto us. Our first and primary reason to go to God should always be to be in His presence. But here’s the catch of this post: We should go to Him where we ourselves put Him: Within us! I know many people who get upset by the notion of looking inwards, suggesting that this is a pagan philosophy only, but I would say to you, that Jesus Himself said we should not look elsewhere for things concerning the Kingdom of God.
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. ~ Luke 17:20-21
When we pray, we should be entering the Kingdom of God, to go before Him. As it is within us, it should be basic and common to start by going within yourself, to my mind..