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Scripture Passages That Allude to Contemplative Prayer



"Be still and know that I am God." (NRSV)

Psalm 46:10


" ... The Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings." (NAB)

Romans 8:26

"But I have stilled and quieted my soul like a weaned child. Like a weaned child on its mother's lap, (so is my soul within me)." (NAB)

Psalm 131:2

"For those who enter God's rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest. ... " (NRSV)

Hebrews 4:10-11

"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (NRSV)

Philippians 4:7

"All of us, gazing with unvelied face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the spirit." (NAB)

2 Corinthians 3:18

"Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near." (NRSV)

Isaiah 55:6

"But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (NRSV)

Isaiah 40:31

"Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and shield." (NRSV)

Psalm 33:20

"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." (NRSV)

Hebrews 11:1

"Oh God, you are my God, I see you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water." (NRSV)

Psalm 63:1

"I ... do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: Forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit. ... " (NAB)

Philippians 3:13

"Deep calls to deep at the thunder of your cataracts (waterfalls); all your waves and billows have gone over me." (NRSV)

Psalm 42:7

"To me, ... this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ." (NAB)

Ephesians 3:8

"Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you." (NRSV)

Matthew 6:6

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him ... " (NRSV)

Psalm 37:7

"What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him." (NRSV)

1 Corinthians 2:9

" ... In quietness and in trust shall be your strength." (NRSV)

Isaiah 30:15

"Wisdom ... hastens to make herself known to those who desire her. One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty, for she will be found sitting at the gate. To fix one's thought on her is perfect understanding, and one who is vigilant on her acount will soon be fee from care, because she goes about seeking those worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every thought." (NRSV)

Wisdom 6:13-16

"For while gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was not half gone, your all-powerful Word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne, into the midst of the land. ... " (NRSV)

Wisdom 18:14-15

"Before they call I will answer, and while they are yet speaking I will hear." (NRSV)

Isaiah 65:24

"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory." (NRSV)

Colossians 3:2-4

"Better is a handful of quiet than two handfuls with toil and a chasing after wind. (NRSV)

Ecclesiastes 4:6

"He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timelessness into our hearts, without men discovering ... the work which God has done." (NAB)

Ecclesiastes 3:11

"So I am going to lure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart." (NAB)

Hosea 2:16

"For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things." (NRSV)

Wisdom 7:24

" ... The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." (NRSV)

Corinthians 3:6

" ... In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be your strength." (NRSV)

Isaiah 30:15

"For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation. For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from Him." (NRSV)

Psalm 62:1,5

"For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation." (NRSV)

Psalm 62:1

" ... Seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge, according to the image of its Creator. ... Christ is all and is in all." (NRSV)

Colossians 3:9-11

"In accord with the riches of His glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self (the true self) and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith that you ... may have strength to comprehend ... what is the breadth and length and height and depth, to know the love of Christ which surpasses all knowledge (experiencing Christ beyond concepts), so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (mystical union). ... To Him Who is able to accomplish far more than we ask or imagine, by the power working in us. ... " (NAB)

Ephesians 3:16-20

"Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord." (NAB)

Psalm 27:14

" ... Their hearts may be encouraged as they are brought together in love, to have all the richness of fully assured understanding for the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (NAB)

Colossians 2:2-3


"Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" (NAB)

1 Corinthians 3:16


" ... God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, in the hope of glory." (NRSV)

Colossians 1:27


"Now however, that you know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back. ... " (NRSV)

Galatians 4:9

"Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, 'Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.' But he answered them, 'An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth.'" (NRSV)

Matthew 12:38-40


NAB: New American Bible, 1986

NRSV: New Revised Standard Version, 1991

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