The Wesleyan Theological Roots of the Wesleyan Contemplative Order
John Wesley had a different view from other Protestant reformers. Wesley believed that God’s Grace is universal to everyone all the time. He ardently rejected the Calvinist idea that some were elected and predestined to be saved and others damned. John Wesley’s idea of God’s abundant Grace available to all is rooted in the idea of God Wesley saw in the Gospels, that God loves us all, all the time. This is indeed good news.
The focus then for Wesley, was on the means of Grace. Over and over again Wesley stressed that for a means of Grace to actually be a means of Grace, it must be Spirit filled. Without the means being Spirit filled, it was just an empty form. Means of Grace are the seekers engagement in a response to God’s universal Grace extended to all, in Wesley’s terms, God’s prevenient Grace.
Means Of Grace
In all its varieties ( different kinds of prayer are most helpful to different personality types, and we learn the type which makes our prayer life most fulfilling.) e.g.
- centering prayer
- welcoming prayer
- body prayer
- praying with icons
- devotional prayer
- intercessory prayer