It amazes me how often people do not pray because they tell me, I do not know what to say. That is the whole point of prayer. It is not about what we know; it is about what we need to know. There is no magical formula for prayer but if there is ONE secret; it is really letting God know your whole heart.
I know. I know. God knows everything. But we experience healing in sharing things with God. When we leave it bottled inside; He may know but we have not released Him in our life to do anything about it. And God will not cross the line of our will. So in order to discover the great treasure that can be found in Prayer; Key #1 is to Get it out! -God can take it. He knows you think it anyway-Why not talk 2 Him about it? You may find Him more understanding than you suspect or have experienced. Get past worrying about words and bare your soul with God. That is its deeper path.
Remember when you go to God in #Prayer that He wants to hear from you the deepest issues of your heart. Tell Him what is stirring in your soul! Good, bad or sad; the main context to experience spiritual depth in prayer is to get real with God. To tell Him what you really feel. To let Him know what makes you tick and give him an invitation into the most private part of you. It is this full disclosure that leads to the deepest healing. Release your most pressing thoughts and concerns to God. That is step #1 in authentic prayer that pierces the veil of the Spirit.
Some are comfortable with the image of God the Father. Hmm-If you had a good experience with an earthly dad, this conjures a good image. If you had a bad experience with an earthly dad, this probably creates in you a bad image. Remember that our experiences often cloud our vision of God. God is a perfect loving parent, even if you have never experienced a good one in this earthly life.
The Catholics historically have practiced the habit of confession. This is a legitimate and intimate role of prayer. Prayer can not take us where we want to grow to, unless we start by laying all our cards on the table. God already know but it is hearing it from us that invites His assistance. It is like the petition of a child. When your child asks you for something, It strongly moves you. Often I have barked and growled to my amused wife that I will not do something for my daughter; only to be melted by my girl’s request to help her anyway, when she actually asks me for it. Our petitions move God’s heart. We are His children.
Prayer is like the unseen microwaves that allow communication over long distances but directly to the person that we need to speak to. Prayer travels in an invisible realm to vitally link human personality & The Holy Spirit. Yes God works mysterious things in the deep but through prayer; He is able to work these things on the inside of us. The spiritual can become the conscious and the conscience, through the medium of prayer..
Sometimes I can hear God calling me to prayer. That is really special. It is like the urge to walk in a spring rain. It is like the desire to jump in a cool pool on a hot day. Prayer is the best solace for the soul. God often calls us to it, through urges of what can be gained through its sweet dialogue. I love it when God gives me gentle reminders that He wants to spend time with me. This is a wonderful discovery that I hope you make also.
OK. I admit it. There are “deeper” secrets to #prayer. But you will never find the depths of the treasure till you begin to look. You can’t discover what is deep in the mine; until you dig your way past the surface. …If you knew there was a place that you could go each day for a fresh dose of meaning & beauty and significance ; wouldn’t you go there, to find it?. That’s what prayer is.. Find out for yourself.
Prayer is not about me primarily. It is about Thee. My chief prayer always is that God’s will, not mine will be done. Only by desiring what He wants above what I want can I get rid of the surface layers of compromise, greed and selfishness that prevent me from hearing his voice. When I seek God’s will, not only do I find what He wants me to do. I find a more genuine, peaceful, confident and serene Spirit; as a consistent, by-product of the task.
Just as an earthly parent or Grand Parent loves to do things with their children. God longs to spend time with His us, as His children. He gives lavish amounts of His comfort, encouragement, gentle correction & understanding in prayer.
Oftentimes, we need to rest with God in prayer not for something that we want but just for this miracle of His fellowship. Not that we seek some answer from prayer but more-so, that we seek the rejuvenating presence of God in prayer. It should be more about seeking Him, than what we seek from Him.
If people knew what peace, power, compelling vision and inspiration were available in prayer; more would pray. So I tell you, so you can!
Sometimes in my nightly prayers, He is leading me about different issues in my life and God is doing surgery on my life in prayer. And sometimes prayer is just a celebration of life in His presence and I just worship Him in prayer.
I pray in the morning too but my nightly prayers are my special time with God. When, It’s that time of day. I wind my days up, in prayer. All of them. For me, Prayer is the Great Release. I find the greatest treasure of my life, in times of prayer that no one but God can see. Sometimes, they are breathtaking, Sometimes, they are relaxing; always they are meaningful. Prayer releases me from the futility of my short-sided thinking and opens me to the virtue, truth and unlimited wisdom of God. What a release is prayer!
I have been a Christian since I was 14 years old. But I never discovered until 2 years ago; when I made the highest priority of every day to pray earnestly on my knees at night; that there was an unbelievably precious and vast flood of Divine life, that I had never before experienced. I discovered this deeper life when I made my life about prayer, instead of just ocassionally putting a prayer in my life. May some of you find this priceless discovery. — “Slam” a.k.a. Tim G. Carter