Too many describe the Christian life as tepid, while mustering up nothing more that a lukewarm enthusiasm for Christ. Many feel God hasn’t come through for them and won’t until they do something. Again we try to control God by making something happen and by earning points with Him. We desire an experience, and since God isn’t doing anything, we initiate it ourselves. Rather than giving up control and letting God do the work in our lives, we come up with man-centered, man-prompted ideas and methods. Brennan Manning calls it “grabbing a holt of God.”
Are we unwilling to completely let go and let God? Then we will never find that true, lasting satisfaction in our Christian lives. All the meditations, all the self-help Christian books, all the lighting of candles are not going to make any lasting difference.
Contemplative spirituality is nothing more than an attempt to fill that void with a man-made solution. In essence, they are attempting to build a spiritual tower of Babel. And as with all things man-made, it pales in comparison to what God can do.
If contemplative prayer or other Eastern practices were sanctioned or blessed by the God of the Bible, why are there no stories of any Hindus or Buddhists coming to Christ by these methods? Instead, we hear of Christians receiving revelations during contemplative prayer that all paths lead to God and that God is in all. If those revelations were true, this would make the Cross unnecessary and, in effect, null and void.
Brian Flynn, Running Against the Wind, pg. 176-177
Source: Contemplative Prayer is NOT for the Christian