If there’s one thing that we learn early on in our spiritual journey, it’s that we must pray. The Bible emphasizes prayer over and over again, and yet many of us struggle with this simple act. Why do we make prayer so complicated when the Bible tells us that it is, in fact, the most natural thing that man can do?
Well, for one thing, prayer requires faith. Another thing is that many of us hold a deep-rooted belief that we are unworthy of that which we are praying for. When we feel unworthy of God’s protection and blessings, we do not truly believe that we will receive that which we are asking for.
So, how do we undo our hang-ups regarding prayer so that we can reap the full rewards of being in communication with God? As you’ll see, there are many ways in which we can enhance our prayer sessions in order to receive the blessings that we want while enhancing our relationship with our Father.
What is Prayer?
A lot of us tend to forget how simple prayer actually is, according to God. We think that we must pray at specific times of day, that we must bow our heads and close our eyes, and that we must use certain terminology in order to pray effectively.
However, prayer isn’t a series of ritualistic actions and words. Many of us go through the motions of prayer each day without actually feeling like we’re receiving any benefit from it. And, this is because prayer does not depend on rituals. It depends on faith, and an openness to receiving whatever it is that God has in store for us.
Prayer is simply communication with God. In fact, according to God, prayer is the simplest thing that there is. After all, what could be simpler than communicating with Him who created us? God has placed in all of us a direct communication line that allows us to walk through this life with guidance, strength and purpose.
1 John 5:14-15 states, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.” In this passage, it does not say that we must follow a series of rules and rituals in order to directly communicate with God. What it does say is that we must trust that God does hear us, because if we fail to, it is a sign that we are lacking in faith. And, if we are lacking in faith, it means that we do not trust in Him.
Difference Between Praying Faithfully and Praying Unfaithfully
We can pray faithfully, and we can pray unfaithfully. Praying unfaithfully means that while we are asking God for blessings, we do not actually believe that we will receive them, or that we are entitled to them. God wants us to be faithful, because having faith is how we deepen our relationship with Him. Praying without believing hurts Him, and it interferes with our ability to receive the blessings that He has promised to us.
So, how do we pray faithfully? As we all know, having faith is easier said than done, and our faith is tested tremendously throughout our lives. The key is that when we pray, we must focus more on maintaining a sense of faith by trusting that what we are asking for will be received. This takes practice, but it is possible.
The Bible states over and over again that when we pray, we must do so with a sense of worthiness. We are trained by our society to feel a sense of deep unworthiness. We compare ourselves to others, we criticize ourselves for our mistakes and we overanalyze our choices in order to find faults in them. These are all forms of self-judgment, and they do not reflect how God feels about us. But, when we get into the habit of judging ourselves harshly and frequently, we begin to feel that God is judging us in the same manner due to projection.
If we can learn to catch ourselves engaging in self-judgment, we can reverse this habit and begin to see ourselves the way in which God sees us. And, when we can achieve this, we can pray with far more faith, believing that we are, indeed, deserving of God’s blessings. Praying faithfully, therefore, is being confident in the fact that we are all equally God’s beloved children, and so we are equally entitled to that which God promises us.
Rules of Prayer
Now, let’s remember one thing about prayer: many of the rules that we believe are ones that we have created. For instance, there is no right or wrong time to pray. And, we do not need to pray only when our eyes are closed, or when are tucked into bed. God encourages us to pray constantly, and this means merely choosing to speak to Him whenever we feel inspired to do so.
Most Spiritually Minded People Pray Daily…
But are they actually praying in the way that God tells them to? Prayer is something that we seem to complicate, primarily because of a lack of faith and an underlying feeling of unworthiness. However, the Bible teaches us that prayer is the most powerful and effective thing that we can do. Therefore, we must all try to continually refer to God’s word in order to make the most of our prayer sessions.