Many people believe that prayer is a formal thing to do. A formal affair that we need to schedule with God, the Father of Creation; and Christ Jesus. The thing is I have come to understand that it is the time that one spends to communicate with God. There need not be a formal place or time; neither formal words to be shared, or set aside for. I think Mahatma Gandhi said it best when he said:
“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
Jesus Christ Himself, has taught one prayer, to which He says is the ONLY PRAYER that we formally need, in His Famous Sermon on the Mount. It says everything that is necessary. It is what Christians know as the “Lord’s Prayer“.
“Our Father, Who Art in Heaven;
Hallowed be Thy Name…
Thy Kingdom come;
Thy Will be done…
On earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses…
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation…
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and glory are Yours, now and forever.
Prayer is about intention. Just like any friend that you would run to for help or advice; or for love and comfort…that trust you give them, should be given to the One that created you. Just like any family member that you unconditionally love and trust, you should have that with the Father of Creation, and Jesus Christ, as the Son of God, that died on our behalf; so that we can all become one family, in God the Father. God can see the intention behind every request we make to Him; with every word we share with Him. And intentions that show unconditional love which honor God’s Gospels of Unconditional Love; and even the Unconditional Sacrificial Love, that Jesus Christ, as His Son, showed Mankind on the Cross at Calvary.
This is what I have come to understand about prayer. God is Love…more specifically, He represents Unconditional Love. He unconditionally loves us so much that no matter how many times Mankind has rebelled against Him, He gives us an abundant amount of chances, to MAKE THE CHOICE, to choose His Ways of Uncondiitional Love or not. Jesus Christ came to this world, to become the Life Example of how God expects all of Mankind, to live. In ways that are selfless in nature. Many seem to think that God is not a fair God, for Him to allow for poverty, world hunger, and violence to exist. But what we have to understand is that we, as Mankind, MADE THE CHOICE to choose these routes, as a way of life. That is rebelling against God’s Laws of Divine Love. This is what Adam and Eve demonstrated in the Garden of Eden. This is what we saw in the days of Soddom & Gomorrah, and Noah’s Days. With our flawed human logic and nature, we constantly think that we know better than the ways God has innately put within us. As a result of MAKING THE CHOICE to fall to evil’s temptation, and sin…is what we see as the current condition of the world today.
I have often evaluated my own prayer life. We often gauge the success of our prayers, based on the favorable response we see to our prayers, in the worldly sense. But is this a prayer that has a good intention? Well, in my humble opinion, no. I feel the steadfast faithfulness we have in coming to God with all of our life events is what does. In how we make God a part of our everyday lives. It can be 1 minute to 5 hours spent with Him; in can be in a Church building or not. It is about how much we have accepted God’s Authority in our lives. It is about wholeheartedly believing and trusting in His Will of our lives. Just because we may WANT something for OURSELVES or OUR family; it doesn’t necessarily mean it is God’s Will. If we truly love the Father of Creation, we will unconditionally love and trust in Him. Our intentions will be pure. As long as we pray for the things of this world, to determine our own success, we will constantly keep reshackling ourselves to the world, which God clearly says His Ways are not a part of. This is why Jesus Christ says in the “Lord’s Prayer”…to pray….“Thy Will be Done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.” This is how nature lives on; and even the animals in the wild. And they live in harmony. In the case of Mankind, who, unlike nature and the animals, were given FREEWILL to choose. God wants true believers to come to the Eternal Kingdom; those that MADE THE CHOICE to trust in His Ways.
Prayer is a way of building that confidence with God. In truly understanding God’s Unconditional Love, we see that we will begin to understand that there is no greater joy, that anything on this earth could bring, than that which He can bring. He can wipe away all pain and fear, forever. He will always provide what we need, despite the odds this world may show us. To even give us the strength to endure things, that we did not know we had the strength to endure. Prayer gives us hope in that we KNOW that there is a DIVINE Force that is overseeing everything, despite our rebellion against Him. But we have to wholeheartedly trust Him. Because He can see things on an entirely different level, He knows the right things to provide, and the right time to provide them. This is why Jesus Christ taught us to pray, “Thy Will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.” Prayer tames the sinful human nature, and brings it back in tune with our source which is Divine in nature. In a world that is so dark, we have to make sure we steadfastly remain in God, the Father of Creation. Just as much as evil tries to bombard us, we have to combat it by constantly being in prayer. God will see through steadfast prayer that you MADE THE CHOICE of choosing His Ways of Divine Love, which are selfless and sacrificial in nature. And He will begin to fight your battles for you, in this world. And He will give you a PERMANENT victory, in Him.
Think about every time you had a “gut feeling“, with a particular situation that you were trying to make a decision. Did you follow your gut feeling? Or did you go against it based on rationalizing and intellectualizing the direction towards which your gut was telling you to go? Now think about how many times was it wrong?
When I think of the questions above, I had come to the conclusion that you see with the title of this entry. As I look back on various scenarios and situations in my life, I see that about 99.99999999999% of the time, my gut feelings were CORRECT. Have I always followed them….. NO! This is where “knowledge” can cripple us in following God‘s Will of our lives. Does God’s Divine Logic follow the ways of this world? Does it stay within the boundaries of Human Logic? When has the creation known more or just as much as the Creator? And how does one know that the logic and knowledge that was used to rationalize or intellectualize the gut feeling, was guided from a Divine Source, or from somewhere else? These are all valid things to consider.
However, when one has a relationship with the Creator, that gut feeling that you receive is more in tune with the Will of God. One of the hardest things for any human being to do is to give in to listening to God’s Call or Will of one’s life. It requires, completely letting go, and letting God to take over and steer your life path. How many of us can let go of the reigns of our lives, to an Unseen God? We often like to see, hear, and feel evidence and proof for what we say and do, on this earth. But being able to do this, is where true strength lies, and God’s Rewards in doing so, will surpass anything that this world can offer. No matter how many times, we as human beings THINK we are steering our own life paths, or destinies, in the end, it is GOD’s WILL of our lives, of this earth, that is ultimately done, based on how we used the freewill he has given us. God truly is an omnipresent being. I have seen evidence of this throughout my life. He also does say that HIS WAYS do not conform to the world’s ways; but ways that are more Divine, and beyond what this world can rationalize and intellectualize.
So how do we tackle the “letting go, and leaving it up to God” situation? Think about it, with anyone that we trust, we so easily entrust our lives, and even in some cases, family to, right? So if we claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, as the Son of God; or for that matter, being God’s Children, should we not do the same, with God? Even in the “Lord’s Prayer“, explained by Jesus Christ as the only prayer needed in one’s life, that explains it ALL , He states within it, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will be done….on earth, as it is in Heaven.” Just analyze this for a moment. These are such powerful words. This is why it is so important to communication with the Father of Creation, everyday. From the first thought of when you wake up each day, to the last thought of when you go to sleep. So that He can guide you for “His Will to be done”. It takes immense strength to give in to God’s Will. It requires to risk giving up all human logic, to follow a Divine Logic, which does not bound itself the earthly realm. It does not require magic or special power to do so. Because we were all created by God, it is innately within all of us. God sees each one of us, equal in His Eyes, giving us different Purposes and life circumstances to achieve, His Will of our lives. But nonetheless, because we are all equal in His Eyes, He has given us all FREEWILL. And with this gift, that He has only given MANKIND, out of all of HIs Creations, we are to tap into His Connection within us, that was innately put in at the time we were conceived in our mother’s wombs; or not to. But does this necessarily equate to having earthly successful lives? As Mother Teresa has once said, “God didn’t call us to be successful; but to be faithful. The fighter, like our Master (Jesus Christ), is pierced and full of pain. He, like Paul, may be bound and beaten, but he remains.” God says, and provides evidence through the Life of Jesus Christ, His Son, and many of the Prophets that He has sent, that HIS WAYS DO NOT CONFORM TO THE WAYS OF THIS WORLD. So why would His Rewards and Blessings conform to the ways of this world? The “blessings” we see; or the earthly rewards we view on our lives, are the life circumstances given to you as God’s Will of your life. At the same time, the trials we face, and the challenges we face, are a part of refining our faith, and bringing us back to our Will for our lives, by God. We have proven over and over again, as human beings that we stray away from God, especially when things seem to be going “right” in the earthly sense. So this is when God’s People may face certain challenges or trials to be reminded of God’s Existence. We always have the CHOICE TO USE OUR FREEWILL TO CHOOSE whether we listen for God’s solution for the situation, or to Evil’s Ways. This will be a lifelong journey.
So coming back to the Title of this entry.
I’m sure all of us would agree that our gut feelings were right 9 out of 10 times, right? Are these gut feelings based on earthly evidence or just a feeling inside? In fact the very reason that many do not follow their gut instincts, is because the option to which it is pointing to, is often beyond logic of the circumstances, right? GOD SAYS HE IS BEYOND THE WORLD’s WAYS; and that HIS WILL IS ALWAYS DONE. So to follow God’s Will of our lives, we must be in tune with God. What does this require? A daily communication with God. And even what does this require? It doesn’t require ceremonies or anything per say. It just requires you to remain in His Holy Words in the Holy Books. Spending time to listen for His Guidance in what He revealed to us in them. And even to at least 1 or 2 minutes, in complete concentration in talking with Him. That’s what it requires.
Father, I pray for you to release me from this earthly cage;
That always tries to bind me to the Devil, with the world as his stage.
Each night I get down on my knees;
And pray to you with sobbing pleas…
To release me ….To release me.
My Father God, I get so frustrated with myself…and just don’t know what to do;
When I fall of the path….and try to find my way back to You.
I should know better…for You show me Your Presence in my life, all day long;
Where at times to move on Your Path, I know it is only because of You, that to others I appear strong.
Father, Abba, I Pray for the strength to be released;
From this earth and its ways, because I know that it is all leased.
For I know that our time on this earth is on time that is borrowed…
It is for Your Endless Mercy and Love….that I seek and on Your Path, follow.
Release me, Abba, from my weaknesses and flaws;
To escapes the evil one’s claws.
For it is for You that I yearn for everyday…
I wish I could see your face, and gently in Your Arms, lay.
Father, please take me out of this cage, and relesae me….
For that is the only way I can feel completely free.
I am not worthy of such Love that You freely give;
How could I ever repay Your generosity and kindness….
You nudge me on, whenever I falter in Your Path;
Your Plan is so perfect…that You did ALL of the math.
Release me Father, so that I can be a part of Your Perfect Equation….
So that I can meet You….the Father that loved me so….that infinite elation.