The sense of God's presence in prayer
The awareness of God's presence and the experience of his works - key notions in practices of prayer - find reasonable doubt in our secular age. Meanwhile, there are, worldwide, many communities of faith where people enthusiastically pray and hold that they hear the voice of God. How can we understand this sense of God's presence? In prayer, people express their hope and fear, and they do so with heart and mind. This subjective involvement is characteristic for prayer. At the same time, supplicants address God in the conviction that God is present and active. Critics of religion, however, criticise this 'external' realm of the divine and consider prayer a superstitious delusion. Passages of William James and John Calvin help us to get some insight in the 'object' of our religious consciousness. Furthermore, William Alston defends a non-sensory mystical perception of the divine. Using these insights, the author explores prayer as a conversation with God and reflects on the notion: hearing the voice of God.
- Faculty of Theology