As most of you know, we have a “chat-room” that is dedicated to prayer, friendship, love, meditation, and total praise and worship of our Lord. We are interdenominational and welcome everyone who wants to come and visit and pray and praise with us. And we are open 24/7. We are always there or soon will be. We take prayer very seriously. It is our relationship with God, the triune God – The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. Every Thursday night we actually have a prayer meeting and invite all to participate. WE invite you. You are important to us and to God. So, drop by and say hi. http://thespiritualfamily.chatango.com/ , and we have a prayer list that we update weekly or even more often as needed. http://spiritualfamilyprayerlist14.wordpress.com/. Enjoy our weekly message and please stop by. You may even want to become a prayer warrior.
Here is a story about the true meaning of prayer: “A newly ordained minister decided to hold a garden party for selected members of his congregation whom he wanted to get to know better. The night before the party he realized that he had forgotten to invite Mrs. Brown. Mrs. Brown was an elderly charter member who also happened to be a large financial contributor to the church.
Quickly, he picked up the phone to deliver the invitation personally to her. On the other end of the line, an angry Mrs. Brown said, “I’m sorry, Reverend, you’re too late. I’ve already prayed for it to rain on your party.”
Did Mrs. Brown use her relationship with God to destroy or negatively impact other people’s lives. Thinking about prayer, it’s interesting to think about what prayer can do, and the way we use prayer. We often try to use prayer to rain on somebody else’s parade. Is that what we really want? Do we want to use prayer to destroy or negatively impact someone? That makes prayer very narcissistic and not at all what God expects from His children. Let’s take a look at true prayer and meditation – that which God expects.
Revelation 11:17 – We give thanks to thee, Lord God Almighty, who art and who was, that thou hast taken thy great power and begun to reign.”
Well, how do we pray, and how do we meditate? What should we expect? What will happen next? How do we quiet our minds for meditation? Exactly, how does prayer work? How can I make it work for me?
We must learn how to pray and meditate and how to do it in a way we have never done in the past. We can find a higher, a more focused way.
What do you consider your purpose in life? Even if you are older and maybe retired, you still have a purpose. We never lose that. Maybe your purpose is to be a teacher, a plumber, a real estate agent, or maybe it is to be a volunteer in so many different areas.
Do you think your purpose is to be a good mother, father, son or daughter, a loving grandparent?
All of these roles are important and serve others. Within these areas you can make a marvelous contribution to our society, or even the world at large.
BUT, they are secondary to the TRUE PURPOSE in life.
All these areas are of this world; and there will come a time in your and my life when they have no purpose at all. Life changes (retirement, children grown and gone, parents pass away, etc.) remove many of our purposes. And when this happens, the reason to live a happy and creative life is removed – OR is it? Our purpose has to be based on a factor that will always be relevant, our spirituality. We have intelligence and are clothed in a body, but we are primarily a spiritual being.
As a spiritual being, we have a purpose. And when that purpose begins to dawn on us, we will carry it into our chosen fields of expression, whatever they may be, bringing a depth of meaning that will make our life have a deep and God-given purpose, whatever we may be doing at the moment.
Our human emotions, often depression, frustration, disappointment, can be times when we are turned toward our spirituality. During these times you might turn to God and ask Him to help you grow in your prayer life. When you say to God “If You want me to learn all this stuff, then You’re going to have to show me because I’m tired of trying to do it all myself!”
Each one of us has felt that way, sometime in our life. We want so much to be infilled with God’s awareness. So let’s looks at this:
“The word ‘holy’ is derived from an Old English word meaning, ‘halig,’ which is a kin to the Old English word, ‘hal’ meaning whole. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the immersion of the individual in God.”
Have a total immersion with the presence of God.
The Mind of God can offer a higher solution to any problem that you have that you cannot solve alone with your human mind. The Mind of God is wholeness and perfection. As you dwell in that place as a child of God, there is a higher energy that is coming through your physical body.
If you are tired, run down, burned – out, sick. Turn to prayer and God can cleanse you. God is your Creator. God can re-create you and through you. It is a silent but all-powerful activity.
The way you feel after you realize you’ve been touched by God is beyond description by human words.
You feel spiritually nourished, whole.
Sleep, itself, can’t revive or nourish us. Our souls need something more, something beyond us. The human mind often finds itself exhausted all of its possibilities. It has gone from this side of its mind to that side and up and down and it cannot solve its problems. That is the time for the baptism of the Holy Spirit; the immersion in God. A fusion of human mind and the Mind that is Christ Jesus,. It I time for God to dwell within you.
When that happens to you, that spiritual activity is going to solve your human problems. That activity is going to cleanse your human body: That activity is going to go through your mind.
And all this happens because you are letting the daily pettiness diminish and vanish as you are holding higher thoughts in your mind; you will have high expressions in your life. That is the activity of God.
Is it supernatural? No. It is totally natural. Is it just for holy men and women? No. It is for you and for me. This was Jesus Christ’s message to us, that we, too, are a child of God.
Collossians 1:26-27 “The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
“The total immersion comes when you exchange your human self for your Christ self; when you sit in the silence of prayer, when you say, “Okay, Dear God, here I am – use me.”
Now, the only way to have the presence of God to fill you is to practice – practice – practice. It will take some time to feel totally immersed in the presence of God – but only because we are so busy letting our human thoughts pervade our minds.
Being totally filled with the presence of God and being able to know it can really only happen when we let go of the daily pettiness of life. Then the silent spiritual activity of God can work through us.
“As we allow the activity of the silence of prayer to work inside of us, we are working with a new purpose of putting our human mind in touch with the Divine, so that our soul can listen to the language that it understands, and that language is the still, small voice of its creator.”
We can imagine ourselves connected and being continuously charged, never running out of power. We never get fatigued, never letting the outside disconnect us with the true power source. We are a battery with ever-increasing power. We are connected. That is our goal.
We are always expanding our prayer energy, in our vitality and in our youthful, even playful, outlook. We are children of God. And our consciousness draws our relationship like a magnet. And we’re not limited. We are not running on low power.
Worry and fear draws to itself like a magnet the same way but to the negative side of life but the Higher spiritual consciousness draws to itself like a magnet all the good things of life.
But just what is meditation? Well, it can be described as the silent free-flowing activity of God through us. It is a singular activity. Minds in meditation are focused on only one thing (and in our case that is God).
How do you begin?
a. Make time. Make time before other activities, so that you do not run out of time for this spiritual priority.
b. Make an appointment with God.
“A man sat down, and for weeks and months, nothing happened, because he was unable to quiet his human mind sufficiently. Human concerns occupied his mind.
Then, a strange thing happened.
As he kept on keeping the appointment with God, at a set time every day, he found that he could quiet his mind more and more every day. And that activity, that Presence that was there from the very beginning, started to flow through him.
Wondrous spiritual feelings and empowerment followed.
The man said that at the very beginning if he had trouble concentrating, he would close his eyes and get up and move around the room, decreeing positive prayer affirmations about the peace of God. When he felt peaceful, he would then sit down and try again.”
c. Sometimes the most difficult activity is to quiet our own human minds. Our human minds are like having noisy neighbors living inside of our heads. Thousands of voices are constantly talking. We have to learn to quiet those voices. When we do, we find more spiritual power than we could even conceive of earlier.
It is an activity that is available to each of us. As Jesus said, “You are heir to all that is of the Divine kingdom.”
d. In the beginning pick the same time every day to pray and meditate. Make an appointment with God and keep that appointment. God will be there, God will keep the appointment. It’s not that God is ONLY available at certain particular times. God is available ANY time. But it helps to train us, in a regular practice that we can easily remember to inner the secret place of the Most High.
Walt Whitman said, “I lie abstracted and I hear beautiful tales of things and reasons of things. They are so beautiful, I nudge myself to listen. I can’t say to any person what I hear. I can’t say it to myself. But it is very, very wonderful, indeed.”
What will happen as a result of entering the secret place? The most profound result is that you will begin to understand your true purpose in life. You will have answers to questions that have plagued you and others for a lifetime.
God’s truth is not 1,000,000 miles away but can be found as close as—within you. As John Ortberg says, “God is Closer than you Think.” You hear the still small voice, and you will know how to find answers and solutions even when it’s not apparent to your human mind alone. You will rise up and be a great leader in your chosen field, because that which is coming through you is always the Great Leader. You will feel empowered and equipped from the secret place of the Most High.
A good example of this is our Spiritual Family Prayer Group. The power in the prayers of the Prayer Warriors is amazing. Whenever one enters that Beth’el (as we call it), one can feel the power of the prayers to the Lord. And it is a chat room – imagine that!
So, now at this point – “You will know that there is something happening in you that can never be taken away from you, no matter what happens in the world. You will know that there is an activity in the inner realms of your awareness that will allow you to continuously grow in your spiritual unfoldment.”
Contributing the attributes of God into our personal awareness/ our hearts and souls is the true purpose of prayer; and then in addition will then manifest itself into the total self. It raises our consciousness, not turning us into favor beggars, but it convinces us of the good and true that God has already graced us with.
“We don’t even look at prayer as just a problem-solving device. God is not a for-maintenance-only God. God is not ‘Mr. Goodwrench’ coming into your life with a tool to tighten something up. God is perfection itself bringing perfection into you and every aspect of your life.”
And as we let that perfection that is God to flow through us, it does not just do maintenance on our problems. It presents and offers a new perfect and higher spiritual life for us
“Prayer is a conscious effort to harmonize our own human mind with God. It is putting on the Christ, instead of dressing ourselves in the consciousness of worry, and dread, and fear.
If God’s world is perfect, and yours is not, and if your world is a projection of your own consciousness, then the raising of your consciousness will naturally lift you above the level of your problems.”
We have hinted of some of the power that is available to you in prayer and in meditation. And, we have also said that it is available to you NOW.
I encourage you to begin to practice the Presence of God immediately.
Do not wait. As soon as you can, quietly sit by yourself and say, “Dear God, I’m ready to be a better human; help me by first forgiving my sins, even those of which I am not aware. Dear God, I consent to You. My dear God, I consent to change those things within myself that need to become more Christ-like. Help me to rise up to meet my God-given potential.”
And thus, a new spiritual renovation will begin in you, affecting every area of your life with God’s good. What could be better than that.
You have the blueprint, now take the action and develop, build your prayer life. You will never regret it! You are the architect of your prayer life!
God Bless You!