I am trying to find the words to describe a reaction to the ACTS prayer that I experience at times. I perceive the sequence in this order--
1. I silently pray a phrase. This morning it was “Thank you Jesus for saving me;” other times it will be a different phrase that seems to cause the reaction.
2. I sense a response within me. This morning I reflected, “Every cell in my body is resonating to the truth of that statement.”
3. I abide in the reaction for a while, and then when it seems to fade I continue with the ACTS prayer.
5. Sometimes another phrase will cause a reaction similar to the first, but not always.
6. I end the prayer and start my day feeling calm and peaceful.
It is the inward response that I am seeking to describe. “Resonating cells” is not an adequate description because it suggests a physical reaction has taken place, which is not the case. I do not shake or vibrate. I do not sense movement. If machines were monitoring my vital signs at that moment, I doubt that they would register any change. The reaction does not have that kind of feel.
Occasionally, the words “centered,” “rooted,” “grounded” and “full-bodied” come to mind when I initially perceive the reaction. These terms are also inadequate because they do not capture the dynamic quality of the experience.
“Vibration” is too fast and frantic for such a gentle feeling. The term “oscillation” suggests that a force causes a displacement and then equilibrium is stored, which isn’t what I feel.
“Response” is the best term. I sense a positive response within me. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience when listening to a speaker. Someone makes a statement with which you agree and you find yourself nodding, saying “Yes” or “Amen.”
Perhaps this is a function of the kluge-y brain. Different parts of the neural system reacting to the prayer in different ways at different times.
How do you describe the effect that private prayer has upon you?