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Prayer - How To Pray
In prayer, A Clean Heart gets heard by God - the invisible that only He can see or measure.
Psalm 66:18 says: "If I regard Iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear me."
1 Peter 3:12 says: "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His Ears are open to their prayers"
You can't know somebody unless you talk to them..... As you go on in the Christian life there will be lots of things you'll want to talk to GOD about - Problems, Struggles, Hopeless, or Just saying thanks for the good thing in your life. I suggest you start with few minutes a day in prayer - tell him whatever is on your mind and don't forget to leave space for him to reply. Start by focusing your thought on him, and then talk just as you would with a best friend. You don't need fancy or religious, Sounding words - Just be yourself. I say the "LORD'S prayer" is a good model. Analize those words and try putting it in your own words. People in the Bible prayed any time and everywhere. You can have a conversation with God anytime - Is that awesome or what? GOD is in charge and he has the POWER to change people and situations in Prayer. You have a "Hotline" to the creator of the universe. By applying these priciples in prayer, you will observe manifestations in real life situations.
Is praying on your knees necessary? The Bible clearly indicates prayer is acceptable in any body position i.e. arms opened out or on your belly. The keys to acceptable prayer are the clear sincere spirit of it, not the position of the body. Furthermore, what I believe Jesus meant by saying to "pray in Spirit, is to have the innocent hearth of a child and doing it secretly. "More importantly, it should be noted that telling others about your prayers and public displays of praying may discredit the validity of them in the eyes of God. Jesus clearly indicates the view of God, reflected in the Sermon on the Mount, regarding the acceptability of praying in secret! You may listen to applicable scriptures on this page by clicking on the links below. Always use wisdom and discretion when considering how you should pray. The most important things to learn about prayer are stated in the following scriptures:
Matthew 6:6-8: The words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount - "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. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him." "If I speak with human tongues and angelic as well, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong, a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and with full knowledge comprehend all mysteries; if I have faith enough to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give everything I have to feed the poor and hand over my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind, love is not jealous, it does not put on airs, it is not snobbish, love is never rude, it is not self seeking, it is not prone to anger, neither does it brood over injuries, love does not rejoice in what is wrong, but rejoices with the truth. There is no limit to loves forbearance, to its trust, its hope, its power to endure, love never fails. Prophecies will cease, tongues will be silent, knowledge will pass away, our knowledge is imperfect, and our prophesying is imperfect. When the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. When I was a child I spake as a child, I thought as a child, and reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish things aside. Now we see indistinctly as in a mirror, then we shall see face to face. My knowledge is imperfect now, then I shall know even as I am known. There are in the end three things that last; faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love." - II Corinthians, Bible Psalm 42:8 By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me- a prayer to the God of my life.
THE LORD'S PRAYER ANALYSISIt appears, in the Lord's prayer that jesus laid things out in a priority order. In the Lord's Prayer (The greatest of all prayers!), we give praise to our Father and ask him to send his kingdom to us. We ask that his will be done on earth as in Heaven. We ask for Him to take care of our daily needs and to forgive us for the sins that we commit, as we should also forgive others for their sins. We then ask our Father to keep us from temptation and to protect us from evil.
The Lord's Prayer Brings Peace, Grace and gives us protection from the evil one. Every petition in it has a special purpose. We should remember the principles outlined in the Lord's prayer when submitting any prayer. It will always help you! To illustrate this point, I have written "My Prayer" below to help you gain personal insight into the process.
We don't understand how God works through all the petitions in the Lord's Prayer, but our Father does. Jesus gave it to his disciples and to us. We should faithfully follow the example of Jesus and use these principles in every day prayer and situations. Listen to The Lord's Prayer in Modern English Now (MP3) - Listen to The Lord's Prayer King James Version Now (MP3)
The following are good examples of effective prayer:
SERENITY PRAYERGod grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
The serenity prayer is a very traditional western prayer that reflects, first, the serenity in accepting life on its own terms. It is important to realize, for ones own sanity, just how futile we are when it comes to the circumstances that surround us all. For the most part, external events exist as God permits them and being aware of the opportunities that many of them present is important. By putting our daily lives in the Almighty hand of God, in all situations, permits this reality and relieves us of mental turmoil, worry and negative consciousness. In my experience, this awareness helps me cope with frustration and anger. The second part of this prayer helps one grow in faith and spirituality by pointing us in the direction of self. Through this concept, I mean the most important object of value we can change, is ourselves (our conscious outlook). Like Jesus said, - "take the tree out of your own eye before you take the splinter out of your brothers." After all, what good are we if we can not even manage our own lives? Ponder this thought, "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get." (Dale Carnegie). Once we honestly make and effort to change within, courage to move forward abounds effectively in life and helps us change what we can in the world outside ourselves. Lastly, it becomes more evident that separating what we can change and what we can not permits us to operate more efficiently. This brings us into harmony with universal principles and consciousness. Being continually and consciously aware of this spiritual principle relieves us of mental burdens and stress. Life becomes less complicated and there is wisdom by utilizing this approach in our daily meditation. If we constantly practice this, it becomes easier for us to focus on how God reveals himself to us through daily manifestations of what one might call reality. Listen to Another MP3 Wonderful Prayer for Serenity (Psalm 23)
PRAYER BY SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISILord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow Love.
Where there is injury, let me sow pardon.
Where there is friction, let me sow union.
Where there is error, let me sow truth.
Where there is doubt, let me sow faith.
Where there is despair, let me sow hope.
Where there is darkness, let me sow Light.
Where there is sadness, let me sow joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so
much seek to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love,
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Bible References to Types of Prayer1. Eyes open - John 11:41 / John 17:1
2. Tears shed - I Samuel 7-10/ Psalm 126:5-6
3. Shout/applaud/cheer - Ezra 3:11-14/ Ps 47:1
4. Sing - Psalm 100:4/ Ephesians 5:19
5. Loud voice - Acts 7:60
6. Unison - (Homo-thumadon) rush together making same noise - Acts 4:24
7. Speak to obstacle - Joshua 10:12 "Sun stand still"/ Mat. 21:21
8. Speak with no sound - I Samuel 1:7-10
9. Say "Amen" to others prayers - I Cor. 14:16
10. Fast - 2 Samuel 12:16/ Isaiah 58:6
11. Stand up - Nehemiah 9:3-5
12. Kneel - Eph. 3:14/ Philip.2:9-11
13. Lay down on bed - 2 Kings 20:2
14. Lay face on ground - 2 Chronicles 7:3
15. Walk (pace) - 2 Kings 4:33-35
16. Squat/bow down 2 Kings 18:42/ Ps. 95:6
17. Dance - 2 Samuel 6:14-16
18. Walk away be restored - Mat. 5:23-24
19. Sackcoth & Ashes - 2 Kings 19:1
20. Sit - Mt. 26:36 / Mark 14:32,37-38
21. Bow head - Isaiah 58:5
22. Raise hands in praise - Psalm 134:2/ 143:6
23. Raise hands in authority - Exodus 17 8-15/Heb.12:11-12
24. Touch together the thing - Mat. 18:19 (sumphoneo)
25. Lift hand in blessing - Luke 24:50
26. Lay hands on (for commisioning) - Hebrews 6:2/ 1 Tim. 4:14
27. Anoint - Mark 6:13/ James 5:13-15
28. Spread it before the Lord - 2 Kings 19:14-15
Lord, I Know Not by François FénelonLord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee, Thou only knowest what I need; Thou lovest me better than I know how to love myself. Father! Give to Thy child that with he himself knows not how to ask. I dare not ask either for crosses or consolations; I simply present myself before Thee. I open my heart to Thee. Behold my need, which I know not myself; see and do according to Thy tender mercy. Smile or heal, depress me, or raise me up; I adore all Thy purposes without knowing them: I am silent; I offer myself in sacrifice; I yield myself to Thee, I would have no other desire than to accomplish Thy will. Teach me to pray. Pray thyself in me.
My Prayer - by Dr. August H. Wald, Ph. D.It is my prayer that the true Almighty Creator of All Things beyond and mundane,
called Jehovah, be sanctified throughout the world,
That His Kingdom not only come quickly to end the terror and wickedness within humanity, but the joy of His Love be in our hearts and minds now,
Let our conscience be free of corruption,
Please sustain our needs, especially those women and children who seek freedom from oppression,
Let us all accept His gracious forgiveness and grant us permission to forgive ourselves, and mutually, others,
Please keep us in your path of righteousness and protect us from evil,
May we all quickly see the ending of evil, as we know it, forever.
A WONDERFUL PRAYER SUBMITTED BY PATRICIA HELENEI pray that God's Love and Light Descend like a Gentle Blanket,
covering the strife and disorder of the World with Splendor and Radiance.
I Pray that God's Love and Light Descend like a Gentle White Snowstorm, stilling and healing the torn and disarrayed Earth, mending the fields and trees and muddied streams,
stilling the swirling maelstroms that beset our lives.
I Pray that God's Love and Light Descend like a Quiet Moonlit
Night over the day's quarrels and missteps, lighting the Path of Return.
Hear my words, O My God, Creator of the Universe and Love of my Soul,
Light my life, Light the World,
Light the Center of the Universe for all to see all the more clearly.
Send your Angels as Inspiration, to show us the way to the Eternally Lighted Path.
Let them distract us from our outrages and destructions,
and let them guide us to the Upward Spiraling Path,
where your Love and Light surround us for Eternity.
Send your Angels to teach us to become beacons of your Love and Light,
as is our Divine Heritage, if only we knew it.
I give thanks for the Love and Light that the Divine Angels have brought to my life
from the center of the universe, and I promise to do all in my power
to share it with as many despairing souls as I may.
Prayer of Surrender to God by THOMAS A KEMPIS
Lord, You know what is best; let this be done or that be done as You please. Give what You will, as much as You will, when You will. Do with me as You know best, as will most please You, and will be for Your greater honor. Place me where You will and deal with me freely in all things. I am in Your hand; turn me about whichever way You will. Behold, I am Your servant, ready to obey in all things. Not for myself do I desire to live, but for You--would that I could do this worthily and perfectly!
Free Online Books on Prayer
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