How to pray and why?
The answer to this question is simple. So easy that it needs to be explained in detail.
When several years ago I started talking to people about faith, God, prayers I discovered that people have no idea how to pray.
What for me was an intuitive matter, which I was developing over time, for other people was a real challenge. Raised in legality, they no longer knew how to come to God to a) be heard by him b) not to offend him. OK, so from the beginning – I will start with a very telegraphic shortcut so that the subject can be understood by anyone who will read:
Prayer is really nothing more than staying with God. Prayer is listening, speaking, confessing, worshiping, thanking – it’s this all you share with your best friend. And this friendship shapes and changes us. If we understand that God does not care so much as to have a living relationship with us – each of us individually – we will understand what prayer is.
Jesus also prayed. From his relationship with the Father, he drew his power on earth. Remember that he came into the world as a man, he had no super power. But it was based on the promise of the Father, who promised to give his Spirit to anyone who would come to him.
How to pray?
I do not like to instruct anyone on „technical” matters, but I know that there may be a need, so I will reassure you right away: it does not matter whether you are kneeling, standing, lying, sitting or floating on a paraglider; God listens to you, loves you and wants only one: your sincere heart – and it can stay in any position, anywhere.
For a number of years I used to pray to the learned rule; First in the name of the Father, then confess That’s what I screwed up since last prayer, then ask, finally thanking and ask again, in case God did not hear me.
God has begun to show me that it is not the point. He always wanted only one:
A) my YES and decision I will follow you wherever you lead me
B) see point „a”.
Nothing more. Because, in fact, there is NOT YOU leading all your spiritual growth, which is the result of walking with Him, that is …. Prayers and its effects.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6,6)
You cannot impress Him. Do not even try, because you will fall into a religion where you maybe even will feel great with yourself, but …. Nothing will change in your spiritual life. I assume you want to change for the better, you want to grow.
Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5, 17)
Do you think you should spend your life on a pole or in a hut in a remote place and say non-stop praying words? I once heard the saying that if a man does nothing but pray, he will finally stop doing even this.
Never cease to pray means being with God without any pause; to be aware that he is and is working in us and through us.
Where to pray?
To develop a relationship with your Creator you need to open up to Him. You do not have to go anywhere, to any church to pray (this does not mean that you do not have to make a community or belong to it – and about it soon) – God is with you everywhere, knows your thoughts; You do not even have to speak to Him.
What is the meaning of prayer if God knows what I think?
Well … the fact that you think about something, for example, that you are thinking hard about your problem, does not mean that you give up this problem to God. And prayer is to do this; If you officially say to God that you are giving your problem to him, then you give up the right to fiddle in your own way. God really wants to solve EACH your problem – in His way, because He knows the circumstances that you do not know.
Prayer, when you face your faith, has yet another meaning for the spiritual world – this, shady-looking one; Satan, unlike God, does not know your thoughts. He bases only on what he observes and on what is spoken. If you „openly” give a deal to God, in a flash is given to Heaven. Satan has no right to what is sincerely submitted to God.
Does God answer all prayers?
Yes. But not the way you expect it. Example: You prayed for a job at Company A, and you got another offer from Company B. You can be sure that God has dealt with your problem of lack of work exactly when you had given Him this problem. And He replied – in His way. You gave God the right to take care of your case as best as He can do it. Trust :- )
What should prayer consist of?
Of what you are in your heart – and that would be the best answer. You do not have to follow any „rules” because you are not dealing with a legalist.
Today, after years of „praying” me and I know that many of my friends who grow up in relationship with God and God for them through them work, we would say: the best elements of prayer are …. praising and thanksgiving.
And so I pray today – believe me, I do not do nothing else. I don’t ask for anything (unless I’m praying with someone), I have everything. And even more!
In the past, such a prayer would be unthinkable to me. As people we tend to conjure reality. We want to feel agential, we want to be aware that we did something, and we did not come to God with empty hands.
When … He really expects this : -) I will write about it soon.
Asking and receiving is important, it is a prayer, but it will never replace the relationship with God.
How to begin to pray?
If you have read my previous posts in the ENGLISH VERSION you already know that
A) God loves you very much, he has never stopped and will never stop
B) You can not do anything for God
C) From God you can get everything
D) God wants good things for you, He wants to have a relationship with you, and wants your spiritual growth to „radiate” into every area of your life: -)
Do not worry if you do not know how to pray, what words to use.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.(Romans 8, 26)
Nothing obstructs you to say to God:
God, I do not know how to pray and what. But I want to meet you, I want to have a relationship with you. Teach me this.
And then, follow :- ) You are just starting the best relationship and the best adventure in your life! -)
Soon post about how not to pray.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8, 28)
Bless you all!