How to Pray Correctly
Xlibris Corporation, 1 ott 2005 - 142 pagine
Communion with God is better done through meditation. But before you can hope to become proficient at meditation, you should first learn supplicatory prayer. (Supplicatory prayer simply means when you ask God for something.) Unlike meditation, which is the practice of passively observing God's will in all life, supplicatory prayer is the practice of actively asking God's will into your personal life. Unlike supplicatory prayer, meditation is asking nothing of God; it is simply mature communion with Him. Meditation requires the discipline of sitting still. But just as a little child, who is not mature enough to know how, cannot be expected to sit still for very long, so it is with the spiritually immature adult regarding meditation. Conversely, supplicatory prayer means asking something of God in the same manner a child might ask something of a parent. Early in Jesus' ministry, when his disciples asked him who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus called a little child to him and told the disciples, "---except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven." And what do innocent little children do? They do a lot of supplication, a lot of asking. From the moment they are born their cry is supplicatory: Without words, they ask to be fed when hungry, ask for liquids when thirsty, and ask for relief of pain when hurting. In the garden of Gethsemane, before his crucifixion, Jesus made a childlike supplicatory prayer that his heavenly Father might spare him the agony of the cross. Three times he asked before accepting the Father's will. Just as a little child might address his earthly father as 'Dad," or 'Daddy," so did Jesus address hisheavenly Father as 'Abba. In Aramaic, the language of Jesus, Abba is the equivalent of a little child addressing his father as "Dad," or 'Daddy." Let us, therefore, become as humble as little children before asking God for something. Then, let us take to heart Jesus' words: "Ask, and it shall be given you." This remarkable book teaches the secret of achieving that state of childlike humility by introducing a new concept of supplicatory prayer. The secret is in knowing how to pray correctly, that is, in knowing how to actually make a correct prayer. This book also holds particular significance for those who lack confidence that their prayers are heard. It differs from all other books on prayer in that it teaches a structured method of supplicatory prayer versus the rote method taught by religion. Although not religious, the book is grounded on biblical principles based on the author's 32 years of extensive study of Judeo-Christian tenets as they apply to supplicatory prayer. Each of the book's eleven chapters is an important part of the prayer structure. If you learn to pray correctly, you'll be given the wisdom to understand why some prayers are answered while others are not. The secret has to do with understanding the reciprocal nature of life on earth: In nature, something is sacrificed in return for something else. (Example: a flower sacrifices its nectar to the bee in return for the bee's pollen). The same principle applies to correctly made supplicatory prayer. But all you need to sacrifice is a little of your life-force by way of your 'breath-of-life." This symbolic gesture puts you in a reciprocal state of mind ready to receive answers to your prayers. The technique on how to dothis is demonstrated in this book, in a simple 3-minute breathing exercise, which includes the correct number of breaths to sacrifice before praying. TABLE OF CONTENTS: 1.Learning how to make a correct supplicatory prayer *The first thing to pray for. *Trust God, not your own judgement as to your needs. 2.How to become spiritually healthy. *Why you are not a bad person just because you think bad thoughts. *How to tell when you are spiritually ill. *The tug-of-war for your soul. 3.How to be physically, emotionally, and financ
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