Mankind is not made to spend 24/7 in constant prayer; that's why many religions have certain times during the day allocated to prayer. Prayer, therefore is categorized as our duty. We have to take time off from our daily principle activities, and exercise our will in fulfilling our duty of prayer.
For the masses, whether be it the Aristocracy, Bourgeoisie, Proletariat, and whatever class and classification you would implement to describe the masses, are highly engaged in personal pursuit and the mere act of survival.
Only the Elite or as in Scriptures, the Elect, having the disposition of simplicity and purity of intent, living independently from all life's legitimate necessities, without neglect, but out of serene and tranquil attitude, have the abundance of time, resources and the utility thereof, to live In Prayer, to behave Prayerfully, and allow Prayer to be their channel of open communication with God.
No one can understand the power of prayer but the one that prays, repeatedly, constantly, without cease, striving to penetrate the plasmic wall of Self.
Power to you if you pray. Power to you when you pray. Power to you as you pray. Power over darkness, deceit, suffering, failure, fatigue, famine, illness, disease, emptiness, idleness, lust, anger, pride, greed, envy and all human defects and vices.
Prayer is intimate encounter with the Divine Presence. It's companionship with the All Compassionate. It's passive activity with active participation. It's meditative synergy with body, mind and soul, to attach with passionate agape our hearts within the Heartbeat of God.
We become the fruits of the vine. The branches intertwined with the roots of the vine. Our desires will change, our perception of reality will change, and we will be transformed, no longer in this cosmic dimension of space and time, but to the Transcendental Dimension of Heaven.
In the State of Prayerfulness there is no doubts, and in its roots there is NO ASSUMPTIONS.
We cannot assume anything for everything will be crystal clear. Assumptions creates anxiety. Prayer relieves us from it. Assumptions creates perceived realities that alter our state of awareness, assumes is to live under a self created reality, that is non existent at all.
Heaven is an eternal state of bliss with everlasting prayer and glory in God.
When we say 'Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As It Is In Heaven' we are asking for Heaven on Earth, as God wills it to be.
In true prayer we are not a supplicant or a petitioner, but a partner with God for the distillation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We will get what we ask for, whatever we ask for, if we believe we have received it. So in this I believe, that my faith will move me to pray, and my prayer will move God to fulfill my inner most desire, and God will move mountains. In essence, prayer is communion with God and in being one with God, our desires are automatically answered and we are not to worry about our needs or hopes.
But many are still not getting what they ask for: You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. (James 4:3 NKJV)
However, in the following assurance by Jesus Himself, we find it very possible to receive what we ask for, regardless of use or intent. But how come? Is it in my righteousness or my godliness that I ask God? Or is it in my sinfulness and weaknesses that I ask Him?
This is a challenging dichotomy in the nature and reality of prayer.
So Jesus answered and said to them, Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (Mark 11:22-24 NKJV)
My point is that all believers will receive whatever they desire. Now it is theirs, if they believe they have it. However, it seems to me that we limit the realization of our requests. We qualify the possibility and project our decision in the override mode.
If I ask God a trivial request, say to have $1 every day deposited in my saving account. Right here and then, I do not believe it is possible. It's unreal. It's ridiculous . It's ungodly, selfish, irreligious, and I'm unworthy, corrupt and self centered.
Now, let me change my request and ask something not amiss. God give peace to the world and wisdom and love to my soul. Great. God likes that. Yes! But that is not my true desire and is not what I want right now for me. Do I believe it is possible with God to provide peace, love and wisdom? Yes I do.
To ask God to deliver anything we request, we must ask Him according to His nature. Can I ever be so faithful and righteous in my request of God to grant me my desire to have my neighbor's wife? The answer is obvious. God abhors sin and will not do anything to perpetuate it. What if I get my desire fulfilled? I did not pray Satan to help. It is in here that we see 'do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil' as the operative mode of our endeavor.
God very much withdraws Himself from us and we fall into a darkness from which we pray to be released. We might during this time of being led astray, pray and keep on praying without cease, but to no avail. The only prayer that is true and is in our own best interest, is the request for God's audience. 'God hear me and pay head to my prayers; listen to the voice of my supplication, and turn you ears to my petitions.'
We find it in plenty with the Psalmist asking God to grant him a hearing. O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season, and am not silent. (Psalm 22:2 NKJV)
To You I will cry, O Lord my Rock: Do not be silent to me, Hear the voice of my supplications When I cry to You, When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary. (Psalm 28:1, 2 NKJV)
(KJV) Psalms 143:1 [[A Psalm of David.]] Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, [and] in thy righteousness.
God answers our prayers - the prayers of the penitent, troubled, faithful servant and courageous soldier of hope and true conviction.
He doesn't answer the prayers of the lukewarm, double minded, hesitant, arrogant, deceitful, selfish, etc.
It's not the context or the content as much as it is the purity in intent and the simplicity in disposition of the petitioner himself.
We enter into prayer begging to be heard. Once we are aware that we are in His Presence, we plead our case with the Merciful, Benevolent, All Compassionate God, believing that we have received what we asked for.
Nothing is impossible to God.
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