Praying to God 101
The other day, a good friend of my exclaimed to my that she was ready to start praying but confessed that she did not have a clue about how to pray. I told her that it wasn’t that long ago that I had confessed the same thing.
This is what someone told me and it has really been a blessing. I hope that it might help someone else out there also.
Prayer is just talking to God. It is probably the most important thing you can do. But it is also the easiest thing to do. You can talk to God anytime and anywhere. You can pray in the car, in your bed, while you’re washing dishes, in the department store, on your knees, on your feet, with hands folded or arms raised.
You should have a special time that you reserve for God but you can also talk to God all day long. If you see someone who is hurting you can just say, “God, please bless that person”. Or if you hear an ambulance siren you might say, “Lord please help that person and help the doctors to have wisdom.” Or if something good happens to you, be thankful and say, “Thank you Lord”.
It is habit you have to develop at first. I like to try to remember to say, “Good morning Lord.” as soon as I wake up because God has been there with me all night watching me sleep. It would be rude not to say something to Him when I first awake. Put a sticky note on your alarm clock to remind yourself at first.
Sometimes I just visualize Jesus sitting next to me in the car and I try to talk to Him just like I would any other friend. Jenny and I like to pray first thing in the morning. It’s so easy to forget though especially when you’re running late or something. But I find that if I don’t take the time to pray first thing, that in a matter of minutes I become consumed by all the daily chores pulling at me and before you know it, you’re lost in the things of the world again.
He longs to hear from us. That is why He created us.
I dare you
to sincerely pray this simple prayer everyday for 40 days.
If you are who you claim to be,
please show yourself to me.
That’s it! Its that simple…
Jesus will reveal Himself to anyone who earnestly seeks the truth.
I dare you!
But I will warn you…
You will never be the same.
Of course you have to be genuinely interested in finding the Truth…
You are interested in the truth aren’t you.
Or have you already made up your mind?
Faith of the Atheist
I know the whole idea of being an atheist is that you don’t believe in anything but actually that is a belief in itself. The faith of the atheist is really quite astounding to me. The atheist actually has more faith than the believer in my humble opinion. You see, I believe that there is a God and that he created the earth so that he could live here with us here on earth. I believe that he did come to earth and died for my (our) sins and that because I believe in him I will go to Heaven when I die. I have faith in that belief.
The atheist, on the other hand believes that there is no God and that this life is all there is and when this life is over, we just … stop existing. The atheist has faith in this belief.
If you really think about it. What do I have to lose by believing in God and Heaven. I’m not really risking anything. If I’m right, I get to go to Heaven. If I’m wrong then I will just … stop existing. I’m not any worse off than the atheist because I believed something that wasn’t.
The atheist, on the other hand is risking not going to Heaven if they are wrong. It seems to me that the atheist has to have a lot more faith in their belief than I do. The atheist has a lot more to lose if they are wrong than the believer in God and Heaven.
I dare you to ask God to show you that he is real. The best proof that I know of that God is real is the way he changes people’s lives. But he won’t force himself upon you. You have to ask him. Again… I dare you… just ask him to show you that he is real. Just say, “Hey God, if you are real, let me know you are there – show me a sign.” I dare you!
What have you got to lose?
Images of Jesus.
Do you use your imagination?
Imagination has gotten a bad reputation in recent times.
It has come to mean something “made up” when actually, we can’t even think without using our imaginations.
Just think about what’s in your hall closet right now.
Do you see a list of items on a piece of paper or do you see a picture in your mind of the coats and sweaters or whatever you have in your hall closet?
You are using your imagination. You didn’t make it up though…it’s real.
Think of a loved one. Do you get a list of all their attributes in black and white?
Or do you see a picture in your head…or maybe a movie in your mind complete with sounds of laughter.
I bet if you try real hard you can almost smell them and touch them in your movie.
You are using your imagination.
Does that mean you made it up? No…these are real things that you are recreating with your mind. If anything, it makes them more real to us.
Certainly more real than words on a piece of paper.
You are in your place…your praying place.
And in your mind you go to that favorite place.
The place where you feel secure.
Just close your eyes and imagine.
Looking into His eyes.
Hearing his voice.
You are sitting and talking to
You ask Him questions about life.
Sometimes He might tell you the answers.
But more often He just smiles at you and makes you feel such peace.
What if Jesus told you to call a friend that you haven’t talked to for years?
And what if when you made that call, you found out that that person had just suffered some terrible news and was so thankful for your call.
No, not at all. In fact, it happens all the time.
Through “Imaginative Prayer” many people are discovering that they can have a much deeper and closer relationship with Jesus.
This is not a new idea.
It is not “New Age”.
In fact it is very Biblical and very real. It’s not something we are making up. We are just recreating something in our minds to make it more real to us.
John 1: 14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory…
Hebrews 1: 3
The Son is the radiance of Godʼs glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
I John 1: 1-3
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched — this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life… has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us….
Luke 24: 39
Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.
II Corinthians 3: 14-18
But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil [in the mind/heart] is taken away.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate [katotripzō = behold and reflect an image] the Lordʼs glory, are being transformed into his image with ever–increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Please click here to watch a great video about imaginative prayer.