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Featured Question about prayer

Discussion in 'Interfaith Discussion' started by Jake S, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. sealchan

    sealchan Well-Known Member

    Mar 16, 2017
    I just watched an episode of a TV show and a priest advised someone regarding how Gods will works. He told a story of a man who had died without having heard back from God in response to his prayer, so he asked God about it. God explained all the ways that he had...he had done it through the people who had responded to the mans need.

    The problem for you is likely that in your conscious attitude you are not in a listening state in the way that you need to be. You do not need to give up your rational intelligence or moral discretion, but you do need to open up in the right way in order to move forward

    Now this is easy to say but honestly all the advise you have received is correct. It doesnt give you "next steps" because no one has those next steps to give you.

    So how does one take the next step when ones mind is countering that next step?

    There are a number of psychological approaches were you can lower the energy in your conscious mind until you are given an insight that is well matched to your inner need. You must, like prayer, open yourself to the spontaneous expression of images or sounds or movements or speech. Paying attention to your dreams is perhaps the simplest way to get this sort of information. Free writing where you write down whatever comes into your head without judging or editing the output is another approach. Painting, singing, speaking in tongues, meditation...some method that takes you out of full control and puts you in the back seat and allows other voices to speak within your psyche.

    Once you have heard this other voice then you must consider it. It may seem preposterous, juvenile, whiny, arrogant, crazy, silly...but if it is strong and persistent then you need to begin an imaginal, but sincere, conversation with that voice.

    For my part I have identified two other inner voices which at certain times in my life I have had to pay serious attention to in order to get right again.

    I know this may sound like crazy talk to a lot of people, but if you have ever thought to yourself then you know that this is how the mind actually works. The challenge here is that you, as your conscious ego-personality, have learned how to always win those discussions. Now you need to put yourself, imaginally, in a situation where you must loose a little. Then you may find the direction you seek.

    This site now has a dream interpretation forum. I would be glad to supply you with my interpretation services. I may be able to give you something more specific that way.
  2. leov

    leov Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2019
    Gnostic Christian
    I think that prayers always answered, just the way that may meet or may not meet our expectations.
  3. Bird123

    Bird123 Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2010

    How about this? God will grant His children anything as long as it doesn't interfere with their lessons or the lessons of anyone else.

    You are right. You might never get an answer. On the other hand, that does not mean you can not figure out why you didn't get what you wanted. How does getting what you want change things? How does it change you and those around you?

    God will not appear to explain why you didn't get your pray because that would change you and intimidate your free choices.

    I do not understand your question: How can we begin to position ourselves in this life?

    Life is the education of God's children. It isn't about God. It's about learning and growing. As I see it, God is teaching us all through our free choices. Be who you must! It's a part of the plan! Listen to the advice of others but walk your own path. Life's lessons are best learned that way.

    Stop worrying about a wrathful, angry, condemning, punishing, frying your kids God. As I see it. That is merely the view of some of mankind who attempt to control your thinking through coercion and intimidation. It would not be an Intelligence way to be. God is above such petty things.
  4. whirlingmerc

    whirlingmerc Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2016
    I think it's not as simple as a matter of how to pray.
    In some respects it's who you are. A child of God in Christ has a father child relationship with God
    Additionally there are issues that might keep preyers from being answered
    And there is a matter of faith
  5. Windwalker

    Windwalker Veteran Member
    Premium Member

    Jan 5, 2013
    Love, Light, and Life
    If I may offer a humble suggestion? Try letting go of any expectations at all. If you simply seek God to connect with God alone, then things begin to present themselves all on their own. If you're looking for those things, then you are not looking for God. You are looking to try to find something you think will make you happy. That won't work.

    This is very difficult to explain this to the normal way we think about things, about getting something we lack, about finding something to fix ourselves in what we imagine will make us happy, that when we relax all of that effort and "let go", that's when we begin to see what is really important to us in this life. The answers will come from within you, if you let them. And that is key. If you let them. We stand in the way of that too often, trying to fix ourselves. If instead you let go of fear of what you cannot control, then you can possibly move into being a person of agency, that you can act in positive ways towards your own future.

    If you learn that young, you will be a happy, and giving person, because you are no longer spending your time worrying about the future, "What am I supposed to be doing with my life", and such. The answer comes when you allow it to arise out of you into the world. All of this is possible.
  6. 74x12

    74x12 Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    I don't believe that everything which happens is from God. Many things are from Satan and so must be resisted. As it's written "resist the devil and he'll flee form you"

    Even Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God ..." is twisted by some to mean that nothing but good can happen. The fact us; bad things still happen but God turns it towards good. So tragedies still occur.

    You must be a fighter in order to obtain good things; even many of the promises of God. The war is in our minds obviously. If satan can get us to think the wrong thing then that's going to hinder us. If we can resist the fiery darts of the adversary then we'll be far more successful spiritually speaking.

    If I were you; I would start studying along these lines. Study spiritual warfare in the scriptures. because this is a great war for anyone who wants to believe God.

    Hebrews 11:33 - promises are obtained.

    But yes we'll suffer; however if you want to see the end of wicked people who seem to have it easy then read Psalm 73.
  7. loverofhumanity

    loverofhumanity Well-Known Member
    Premium Member

    Jan 19, 2016
    Baha'i Faith
    Have you ever tried something like this? The last steps are very important.

    Dynamics of Prayer