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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 24

Of the way to attain Divine Union It is impossible to attain Divine Union solely by the activity of meditation, or by the meltings of the affections, or even by the highest degree of luminous and distinctly-comprehended prayer. There are … Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 23

To Pastors and Teachers If all who laboured for the conversion of others were to introduce them immediately into Prayer and the Interior Life, and make it their main design to gain and win over the heart, numberless as well … Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 22

Of Internal Acts Acts are distinguished into External and Internal. External acts are those which bear relation to some sensible object, and are either morally good or evil, merely according to the nature of the principle from which they proceed. … Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 21

The Noble Results of this Species of Prayer Some persons, when they hear of the prayer of silence, falsely imagine, that the soul remains stupid, dead, and inactive. But, unquestionably, it acteth therein, more nobly and more extensively than it … Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 19

Of Distractions and Temptations A direct contest and struggle with distractions and temptations rather serves to augment them, and withdraws the soul from that adherence to God, which should ever be its principal occupation. The surest and safest method for … Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 18

Of Defects or Infirmities Should we either wander among externals, or sink into dissipation, or commit a fault, we must instantly turn inwards; for having departed thereby from our God, we should as soon as possible return again unto Him, … Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 17

Of Petitions The soul should not be surprised at feeling itself unable to offer up to God such petitions as it had formerly made with freedom and facility; for now the Spirit maketh intercession for it according to the will … Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 16

Of Reading and Vocal Prayer If, while reading, you feel yourself recollected, lay aside the book and remain in stillness; at all times read but little, and cease to read when you are thus internally attracted. The soul that is … Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 15

Of Confession and Self-examination Self-examination should always precede Confession, and in the nature and manner of it should be conformable to the state of the soul: the business of those that are advanced to the degree of which we now … Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 14

Of Inward Silence “The Lord is in His Holy Temple, let all the earth keep silence before him” (Hab. ii. 20). Inward silence is absolutely indispensable, because the Word is essential and eternal, and necessarily requires dispositions in the soul … Continue reading

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