Monday, March 2, 2015

Prayer - Spiritual Communication

Most people struggle with prayer, myself included. Prayer takes many aspects working together at the same time: faith and focus consolidates the majority of issues.

With Childlike faith, in spirit and truth

Through Spirit and Truth

A key Bible verse for prayer is John 4:24:
"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
Humans are physical bodies that have their soul (mind, will and emotions) and their spirit. Faith is believing God. It is birthed and developed by hearing God's Word, which is complete everlasting Truth. If we want to know God in truth, we must read, study and learn His Word, the Bible. But many times people become unable to worship God in prayer because they only possess a head knowledge of God and try to approach Him in their mind alone. Since God is spirit, we must pray in spirit and truth. We must approach God in spiritually. My spirit must reach out to connect to His. Simple prayer is a spiritual act of the believer.

While we can pray in any physical position of our body, it helps for us to find a way to bring our entire self into unison. This is why many people kneel to pray. In bowing before God, our physical body expresses the actions of our soul and spirit. We can just as well sit and bow our head or lay out on the floor before God. Each person and situation will be able to determine the best physical position to worship God in prayer.

By Faith

In faith, mentally believing the God is who He says He is and that He has done and will do what he says, we spiritually bow our being to Him. The gateway to God is praise. Prayer is worship.

Psalm 100:4 says,
Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
As we turn our hearts toward God, we approach Him with thanksgiving and praise. Jesus said our first step in prayer is "Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven." In recognizing where God is and who He is, we are spiritually beginning to worship Him. It is essential that we recognize that we are not just giving a mental consent, but that by our spirit we approach Him. In coming to Him by spirit, we naturally must examine our spiritual condition before Him. He is holy and therefore we must confess any unholiness in our life is we expect to engage in communication with Him.

We can talk to God using our mind, choosing to spent time with Him and emotionally wanting to be touched by Him but still never get beyond our humanness until we focus ourself spiritually.

God is Spirit. We must pray in Truth and Spirit.

With Focus

Focusing can be our biggest hinderance, once the hurdles of faith are overcome: such as, "Is God real?", "Does prayer work?", "Can God hear me?", "Can I hear God?", etc.

Focusing requires us to find a place and time with limited distractions. We also must quiet our mind which can be bombarded with to-do's or ideas that take our thoughts off of God and carry us away. Some people find playing instrumental music can be helpful. Other people have a pencil and paper available to quickly jot down thoughts to remove them until later. Part of the reason we have so much difficulty is because of spiritual warfare. God's enemy (who is also spirit) does not want us to have a relationship with God, so we must be spiritually prepared to battle through the distractions and not so easily give up.

With childlike faith, eager to spend time with God, we must allow our spirit to freely connect intimately with Him.

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