Welcome to ContemplativeFocusedPrayer.com! In this website you will
learn about the power of Contemplative Focused Prayer, its benefits, and
the research and studies behind this topic. The information on this website
has been researched and developed by Dr. J. Mark Shadoan.
Dr. Shadoan has been a Christian counselor in private practice since
1983. He received his Master’s... (more info)
On the Resource page of this website you
will have access to in-depth information about Contemplative Focused Prayer
including audio and video interviews from patients.
If you have any questions for Mark about this method of praying or want
him to speak at a conference or church, please visit the Contact
page and he will respond to your questions.
What is Contemplative Focused Prayer?
» A means to learn how to “ Be Silent Before God”.
» A two way intimate spiritual connection
» A step by step process of intimate prayer.
» Prayer that suspends and goes beyond typical mental faculties.
» A ancient form of Christian prayer
A definition is as follows: a disciplined appropriation and enjoyment
of God’s Spirit within us, which matures our sanctity, and grounds
our identity, purpose and meaning in Christ as a unique channel for expressing
His love to our external world.
What it is Not?
Eastern or New Age
» Just meditation, mindfulness or relaxation
» Self focused.
Why is CFP different from Eastern practices?
» The focus is on God, not on one’s self.
» It is union with the Holy Spirit
Eastern and New Age practices focus on the self. These practices teach
that through one’s self a divine presence is discovered. CFP is
focused on the Holy Spirit’s Divine Presence found in believers
of Jesus Christ. This is the central difference between Christian contemplative
prayer and all other forms of practices. In CFP, the self is found through
intimate union with God. What is learned about the self is only a by product
of what one learns and experiences with God through CFP. The purpose is
to experience God, not to experience the self.