A term and action is being pushed by the emergent church called “Centering Prayer” or also known by a few other monikers such as “Contemplative Prayer.” and a few more.
This is practiced by “emptying the mind” and “stillness”, and in many cases repeating something to feel God’s presence. It is based on occult and eastern religious practices. Emptying the mind is NOT Christian as it opens up the Christian to demonic influences.
Contemplateiveoutreach.org recommends the following four guidelines (steps):
1.Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
2.Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.
3.When engaged with your thoughts, return ever-so-gently to the sacred word.
4.At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.
These steps reek of occultism.
Romans 12:2- 1-2 (NASB) clearly contradicts the centering prayer practice…
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
We as Christians are to seek God, but not by vain repetitious prayer! We must seek God with an active mind. Stay away from this practice that is occult in origin.