Contemplation In C. S. Schultze's Here I Am

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Being a college student is stressful, most of us attend full time, balance a part-time or even full time job, an internship and extra responsibilities that come with being a PBA student like workship and chapel. For me it is difficult to meditate on God’s word. I’m overstressed. Yes, I attend church every Sunday, and chapel 1-2 times a week, and I enjoy it while I’m there but sadly I cannot say that I really have a time for personal reflection outside of my normal prayer and worship times. It is also difficult for me to practice contemplation around others, I prefer to contemplate alone. In Chapter 5 of “Here I Am,” Schultze discusses the importance of contemplation, a concept that seems so old fashioned; plus, who has time to contemplate anymore? “Some people contemplate by reflecting on a short section of Scripture-- even on a key word, such as salvation, grace or peace. Others recall how good has blessed them in their lifetimes, perhaps focusing each day on one period, event, or relationship. Still others discover that slowly, meaningfully repeating particular prayers encourages contemplation (Schultze 59).” I am going to put contemplation into practice and see where that…show more content…
Lewis, one of my favorite authors’ explanations of the two types of prayer; the prayer of petition and the prayer of affirmation. In the prayer of petition we ask God to be involved in our lives for our own needs and wants whether they are legitimate or not. In the prayer of affirmation we really ask God to fulfill his will. There is no one way, in different situations we may pray differently. Personally, I prefer prayers of affirmation because no matter what, God’s will will be what happens. Schultze encourages us to live prayerfully by beginning to pray at normal appropriate times such as before bed and before meals. We then grow spiritually and can pray in all situations. Prayer has proven to work in my life so it will be a concept I will continue to

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