Prayer

Prayer is a communication between the Heavenly Father and His child on earth. Prayer is the food for spiritual growth. It helps us to realize the Father’s spiritual existence in our life. It leads us to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Trust in HIM. Trust in God who loves you more than anyone in this world. When you pray, just believe God will answer your prayer.

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. (Matthew 21:22)

But when you pray, you exercise so little faith. Genuine faith will remove mountains of material difficulty which may chance to lie in the path of soul expansion and spiritual progress.  (UB 144:2.6)

Pray in spirit. The Holy Spirit will teach you and guide your life. The Holy Spirit will help you realize what is good and what is bad for you. When you pray… pray in spirit.. then you can realize the Father’s presence in your mind.

But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit;  (Jude 1:20)

Your persistence, however, is not to win favor with God but to change your earth attitude and to enlarge your soul’s capacity for spirit receptivity. (UB 144:2.5)

Pray for those you love. Once you have entered into the love and light of God you must bring your brothers and sisters who live in darkness with you. Pray for their spiritual growth.

But…

I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44)

Prayer must be unselfish and humble in front of the Father. Close the doors of your room then pray to God. That means that when you pray… open your heart to God… concentrate on the Father… listen to Him. Don’t look at your surroundings. The Father never blesses you for your sacrifices or offerings. The Father doesn’t need them because He created everything and He owns everything so the Father doesn’t need anything from you except your wholehearted love. Love of the Heavenly Father is a light in your life. Darkness can’t defeat light… when the light comes darkness goes away… it can’t exist in front of light. (Matthew 6:6)

Prayer is an amazing feeling in our heart. It can’t be explained though words; we must experience it.

Why Do I Want to Pray?

In the beginning, before I learned to pray, I read the Bible and thought about it. But I was missing something. All of the negatives, the small problems in my life seemed so big in front of me at that time. I often felt angry, sad and uncomfortable.

When I began praying all of those negatives and small problems faded into the background and my small positives became bigger and more important in my life. I started to feel the love of my Father. When I began to get blessings from Him I said thanks. I started to share everything about my life with my Father in Heaven. It gave a new strength in my life, a more confident mind. I felt that whatever happens to me my Father will never forsake me, then why do I feel angry, sad or scared about anything? My Father loves me more than anybody in this world. This is such a great feeling; it offers hope in anyone’s life. Because life becomes based upon LOVE.

Prayer changed my whole character. I read that anger is not good but I actually only understood that when I started to pray. Before, even though I knew that anger wasn’t good, still I would get angry at my parents, my brother, my sister, relatives, friends. I was angry… no change. But after I wanted to pray, whenever I had been angry with anyone I found I couldn’t pray; when I started my prayer on my knees I felt heart pain and my mind was either blank or stirring like a pot. I stopped trying to pray and went to see my mother and told her I was sorry I had been angry at her. Then I came back for my prayer and was successful.

So I had all of that knowledge working in my mind but once I started to commune with my Father slowly it started to make a difference within me. I feel my Father’s spritual caring… and the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

How Do I Pray?

Prayer is a conversation between the Heavenly Father and His child on Earth. It becomes a powerful connection between my mind and my Heavenly Father. The Bible says that our body is the temple of God. I think our mind is like a church where we praise our Father, talk to Him and feel His presence too. So we are not just a material being… I am not just an Angel John. I am also a daughter of God, a powerful identity.

Long long ago, people saw the Heavenly Father just like a king, a stern ruler and people feared him. The Bible is filled with admonitions to “fear the Lord.” But when Jesus came to this world, he showed a beautiful face of the Father… a Father’s love to His child. His loving face. Just imagine, a Father who is always looking forward to His child talking to Him, to spend a little time with Him. Fear of the Lord became “love for the Lord.”

It’s easy to begin praying by simply reading something spiritually uplifting… like the Bible, The Urantia Book, or any other good book. Then I just close my eyes and think how what I’ve read talks to me. The Bible was written 1000s of years ago but it is not a history, it’s about my present too. If I am ready to listen God will talk to me through my book. When I read, I just think that the Father wants to talk to me… yes Father is talking to me. Listen to Him… He is a loving parent… He never likes to see my tears… He will be with me always. But I must realize it first… then activate my mind to catch the love signals from the Father.

When I pray I am not formal because I am talking to my Father. I talk to the Father in Heaven just like I talk to my amma or pappa. My Heavenly Father loves me more than my father and mother. I just tell the Father my needs and give them to Him with “Not my will, but Your will be done.” My will is always related to my present situation but our Father’s will relates to our good future too.

Pray for your friends, your neighbors, your enemies. Once they’ve got the blessing remember to say thanks to God. Fix a personal prayer time every day and talk to your Father everyday. Say thanks for His blessing in your life, tell him what you want. Inform Him what you like and what you don’t like. Pray for His divine knowledge. If you’ve made any mistakes, intentional or unintentional during the day, ask for forgiveness and ask Him to bless you to not do it again. Because we are weak… but if the Father is with us we are strong.

Sometimes our prayers don’t become true suddenly because our Father has a right time for everything. Our right time may not be the right time of the Father. Father gives everything at the right time; you must have patience until that time.

Jesus taught that effective prayer must be:

1. Unselfish—not only for oneself.
2. Believing—based upon faith.
3. Sincere—honest of heart.
4. Intelligent—according to light.
5. Trustful—in submission to the Father’s all-wise will.
(UB 144:3.17)

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

Prayer is a Power

Every day is a gift. So start your morning with the Father. That’s a great thing to do, a great way to begin the day. And before you go to bed read some spiritually uplifting messages… spend a little time with Father. I know people who have a good spritual mind; they can always be with God and also the Father is always with them (you and me too). But see, we gave our time for everything else… for our children, parents, work, everything… our 24 hours are divided so many ways… cooking, taking care of the family, taking care of ourselves, our work etc. Why don’t we spend at least 10 minutes with our Father who gave us the blessing of this life? He has given us a beautiful 24 hours every day, why don’t we spend at least 10 minutes just with Him?

When we are at work we can pray to God in our mind; I do that and it is a beautiful thing to do. But at that time our concentration is on our work. So it is good to spend dedicated personal time with the Father. Listen to him, read something worthwhile and think about how it talks to you spiritually.

The Father is always with you. But you want to accept Him and open the door of your life for Him. Pray for others… our Father always likes that. Teach your children how to pray. Personal prayers help you to be a better person and family prayer helps your family to become an even better one. Father’s love signal is always in front of your heart. Open your heart and respond to it. Listen to His messages. And pray for a better life. Make yourself a perfect sheep for the good shepherd.

Did this post help you, give you something new to think about, raise questions? Please give your opinions or comments.

 

17 thoughts on “Prayer

  1. I am presently in a depressed state of mind due to the lack of work in my area, I am hoping to get work soon. I love my family so much, but is beginning to be overshadowed with worry about money and an increasing debt. I know that you are a holy person who has a deep connection with our Father in heaven, I would ask you to share some of your faith with me at this time Angel John. Peace&Love Bernie

  2. Refresh our souls with the water of life and increasingly make us perfect like yourself
    May we patiently cleanse the mortal vessel that our soul becomes a clear vessel of light
    Keep the fountains of our faith free from the poisons of selfish origin as our soul evolves
    And let our inner eye remain single that we lose not sight of your will and our eternal destiny

  3. Please pray for a 17 year old girl from our Church who was knocked down by a car on Monday 27th September. Her name is Grace and she and her pnraets and brother attend our Church she has been a baby-sitter for my three young children.Grace has been very badly injured in the accident, and her condition is critical. She has suffered very severe head injuries and is currently in an induced coma in hospital. The Doctors gave her pnraets very little hope, but 4 days on Grace is still with us and fighting hard for her life. She has started to show some positive signs some hand movements, a cough, etc, but it is likely to be a long haul, so please pray for a miracle.Please pray for calm and God’s peace for her pnraets and family. Her mother witnessed the accident so please pray that she remains strong.Please also pray for the doctors, nurses and other medical staff involved in Grace’s care and treatment.Many people are already praying for Grace her family and friends, our Church, other Churches locally and elsewhere, prayers are being posted on social networking sites such as Facebook, even strangers are praying when they hear about her.Please spread the word about Grace\’s plight and ask as many people as possible to pray for Grace and her family. Please ask God for a miracle and to help Grace recover fully from the awful injuries she has received.

      • Praise the Lord. My name is Vikram. I am a 27 year old Christian living in Singapore. I’m cenrtruly visiting in India. I am suffering from sickness and fear of people and fear of life always. I get fearful thoughts always about my life, and I feel sad and depressed and think my life is over now. I can’t live more. The whole day I am going through headaches and tremors in my hands and legs due to this sickness. I feel negative about my life. I am also in need of job in Singapore. Please pray for me. I am really suffering. I am in pain in life. Please pray for me so that the Lord will grant me good health and remove all fearful thoughts from my mind, and that I should get well soon. Hope you will support me. Also please pray for my mother’s health and weakness, and that she should have good health and remove every tension from her mind.

        • I will pray for you… Be not worried about anything.. Jesus will be there for you. Spend some time with Jesus in a quite place. Share your thoughts and problem with him.. read psalm 91.. feel his comfort…:)

    • My husband was dsanioegd with esophageal cancer in April. He has undergone chemo and radiation therapy. Through this, he has found a true relationship with our Lord Jesus and not just a mental knowledge. For that I am thankful. God has had him in the palm of his hand and he has tolerated this treatment with little side effects although this has not been easy. His last PET scan showed no hot spots or active cancer but it is still recommended that he have surgery to remove his esophagus. He is scared to death despite his faith and prayers. Our hope is that God would perform a healing miracle so that the surgery and life style change would not be necessary. If he should allow this surgery to be performed, we are standing in faith that all will be well and he will be cured. My husband is 58.Due to this disease, my husband was forced to retire; thankfully, he has been approved for disability. These payments will not begin until December and we have taken measures to reduce our financial load. So far, God has blessed us and provided but by my eyes and finite mind, this money will not last past another month or two. I feel maybe it would be best to sell our house, horses, and goats and downsize to a more affordable dwelling which requires less upkeep, time and would allow us more financial stability. I have a high pressure job but thankfully, understanding cohorts have been supportive and tolerant of my absences when necessary. The pressure I feel at this time is overwhelming and I feel myself succumbing at times into a place of just let me hide in a corner and let the world leave me alone. I have asked Jesus to guide me, strengthen me and show me the best course of action and to bless that action and give me the strength to do what I need to do. Please God, help us.In Jesus name.

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    PRAY FOR WORLD PEACE THIS YEAR …AMEN….

  5. Beautiful website and beautiful thoughts that flow with truth. I look forward to reading more. Blessings from a sister in the high (cold) hills of Colorado.
    Susan

      • Hi, My name is Michelle, I need prayer to be healed of my condition, I have epelepsy and bi.polar and learning disabilities Please intercede on my behalf I\’ve been mocked and put down all my life and judged I cant take it anymore. please ask Jesus to heal me completely so i can live for him, and be a testomony for others. and alsp I ask that you pray for my boyfriend ken that Jesus changes his heat and to fill him up with the holy spirit, and soften others peoples hearts towards us and for my familly to be filled up to and their health,and for kens familly to reconcile with him, and also for my friend Cammy to get better, and I ask for a conviction prayer for Patty open her eyes to the truth. and soften her heart and convict becky for gossiping about ken and me and help me and ken find a place Amen

  6. Thank you for the beautifully expressed reminders about prayer. I’ll share them with our granddaughters and nepehew. Peace be with you, Keith

    • Thank you so much… Prayer is the food of our spiritual life…. May God bless your Grand Daughters and Nephew to understand this truth… :-)

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