I listened to an associate pastor at church past Sunday as our regular pastor was away out of town. About two minutes into his message, I heard him say, “breath prayers”, and I suddenly felt a very choking, dark presence almost making me vomit. Then I heard myself praying for those in the auditorium. I heard myself asking the Holy Spirit to place a guard around their hearts.
The atmosphere became even worse as the speaker began giving instructions as to “how to enter in” via slowed breathing, and using verbalized repetition of a scripture, bible word or thought “about God” (mantra). Then he said, “Let’s ALL begin this now.” Suddenly the lights were lowered, the speaker left the stage.
About three or four minutes of dead silence followed.
“I” wanted to stand up and say something – anything! But the Holy Spirit held me in my seat, having me, instead, PRAY for all the people in that place – asking God’s protection to be placed in and around them.
Then the service was over. (Let me note here that my spouse was doing the same thing I was.)
Immediately following service we got with this associate pastor. After finding an empty room we told him the truth about what he had just preached on. We told him all about contemplative prayer and its eastern origin – of it actually being TM. Then I told him,” I noticed you didn’t use any scriptures to back up your breath prayers.” He admitted there were none, but still insisted breath prayers were godly ways of speaking to God. It was at this point that he began to stand up… i.e. the meeting was over.
My spouse and I have not yet joined this church. (Think that may not be a coincidence?)
Jesus taught his disciples to pray beginning with, “Our Father in heaven”. This is completely opposite from transcendental meditation (TM). TM, however, does begin with a focus on controlled breathing.
Many people despise God because He has not made them the master of their fate, the captain of their soul or rulers of their own destiny. Breath prayers, contemplative prayer, TM (ALL the same thing), do however, give that feeling of being in total control.
The disciples were instructed to pray, “Deliver us from evil”. Breath prayers don’t require that at all. Shouldn’t that be a red flag to believers? Let’s face it. We seldom want to be delivered from temptation. It promises too much fun! That right there should be the perfect explanation for why Christians are falling into the trap of breath prayers, contemplative prayers, centering prayers etc. All it is is Christianized transcendental meditation. It FEELS so good.
Christianity is being conned into believing a lie. Pray that fellow believers in Christ will not believe this lie. Pray that they will not be deceived like the person I listened to last Sunday. God forgive him.