What is peacefulness? Peacefulness is the attainment of a deep inner sense of calm. It is getting yourself to carefully examine your life during a moment of silence. Peacefulness does not motivate a desire for possession of more physical objects. It does motivate a desire for the creation of spiritual temples.
Peacefulness motivates sacrifice-the giving-up of a love for wealth, for power or for control. Peacefulness means experiencing joy even while suffering great deprivations. Christians who strive for peacefulness can transform their lives. They can transform their inner-beings into spiritual temples.
Peacefulness can be discovered by those who go after peace. It can thus be found by someone who understands the value of prayerfulness. But that fact does not define prayerfulness. What is prayerfulness? How does it help with the development of spiritual temples?
First the reader should be given a good definition of prayerfulness. Prayerfulness is behavior that demonstrates recognition of the fact that God is omnipresent, i.e. he is everywhere. Christians who realize that they are always in the presence of their creator act in a manner that testifies to their love for God. They act in a prayerful manner.
Christians act in a prayerful manner when they praise God or when they give thanks to God. Prayer involves talking to God. Prayer represents a ladder that helps us to move closer to God. It is also a light, a light that lights up the Christians way to God.
However, the act of prayer should also include listening to God. When Christians seek to develop spiritual temples, then they set-up "listening posts," places from which they can listen to God. They must listen to God with a readiness to accept and obey His answer.
In such spiritual temples Christians share their thoughts with their Lord. They can boast to God, plea to God, thank God, seek forgiveness from God or ask for God's guidance. After a prayer a Christian awaits an answer in a moving spiritual temple, a temple of love that spreads Christian love throughout the world.
In other words, a Christian who has created a spiritual temple will rise from a prayer with the feeling that his or her prayer has already been answered. That Christian will act in a manner that assumes an answer to be its way. In other words, a Christian will not delay taking action, just waiting for the answer to a prayer.
A spiritual temple, like a physical temple, is not a place where no action is taken. A spiritual temple, like a physical temple, should be a place for both the offering of prayer and the generation of motivation, motivation for action.