By John Lanagan
The Word Like Fire Ministries
False teachers and false movements abound. Some do lasting damage. Some false teachings are short-lived. But there is one deceptive “prayer” practice in particular that continues to infect the visible church.
This is contemplative prayer. The practice has a powerful teacher-advocate who has brought contemplative darkness to young believers for two decades. This is Mike Bickle, founder of the International House of Prayer. In Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit: 5 Practical Phrases, Bickle gives instructions on how to experience contemplative prayer–which he calls “communing prayer.” 
Like all Christian contemplatives, Bickle works hard at presenting contemplative prayer as biblically acceptable. He attempts to make a distinction between mysticism and what he is teaching. “Eastern mysticism is the counterfeit of this glorious reality,” he insists. 
In reality, contemplative prayer, Bickle’s “glorious reality,” is just as deceptive and spiritually unhealthy as Eastern or New Age meditation. Perhaps more so. Click here to continue reading and for footnotes.
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