Ways of Praying

Praying is the way to addressing God, making a request to the almighty, beseeching and imploring. New Roget’s Thesaurus defines praying as invoking, supplicating, communicating with God, worshipping, begging, adjuring and pleading. With the ultimate devotion to the Almighty God, anyone must pray for forgiveness for all the evil doings. In this article, you will learn how to pray.

1. When anyone prays to God, it is like presenting the most beautiful flower in exchange for salvation or spiritual favor from God. The greater the beauty of the flower, the greater the chances of gaining the salvation he is seeking. If the petitioner’s present to the God isn’t worthy, God would turn his back and ignore the prayer request.
2. When approach to God, get ready properly with the desirable qualities that will please the God. Get your mind fixed for the salvation and blessing, it will increase the chance of obtaining God’s blessings.
3. If you lack in necessary qualities for successful prayer, you prayer could be ignored by God. Believe in God, abide by the rules, and remember him in every step you take.
4. When it will benefit the spiritual growth of you, God will answer your prayer. Pray to God for proper deposition, the grace may touch your heart and lead you towards. Though, the timing for achieving the deposition entirely depends on the grace of God.
5. The most important prior to approach God is the conversion of heart. The petitioners must have a sincere desire to change his way of life from worldly ways to the spiritual ways.
6. There is a need to always approach God in a humble manner. A prayer said in humility is worth more than all the boastful prayers. When appropriate, one should kneel in an act of reverence, recognizing his sinfulness. Humility adds another petal to the flower.
7. Approach God with the simplicity of a child. God is Almighty. God knows all, sees all. There’s no way to hide anyone’s wrong doing or even secret will from God. Kneel in front of God and present your prayer.

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Ask GOD and Get help in tough times

When you desire to do good and your success honors GOD and helps people, praying for the success isn’t a selfish act. GOD is almighty. He helps his children in every manner when he has been asked for help. But asking for help is not easy always. It depends on your believe and faith in GOD. However, GOD loves us so he helps if he has been asked properly. Here are some important tips that would be helpful when times are tough and you desire the help of the almighty.
• The very first step for getting help is to believe that the almighty is there for you and he has the ability to help you. No matter how tough the situation is. He is the one and can solve it. If you do not have your faith in GOD, you won’t be able to receive any help from him.
• God is always watching and listening, and he wants to make our lives easy and beautiful. When times are hard, pray to the almighty and ask him for guidance. Once you have told what you need with your true heart, God will listen you and help. As he has his own planning for us, so perhaps he won’t do precisely as your wish.
• Go to church to come closer to the GOD as he first listen those people who have found in the way to him. Those people find their faith stronger so their prayers are answered faster and they get God’s support from everywhere.
• Reading Bible is very important as it can help to find peace in the troubles. The words of GOD are most powerful and you may find your answers or desired help from the Bible as GOD told us through this how to live happy lives.

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Beyond Today: BT Daily – Daniel Part 3 – Do Your Prayers Get You Through the Night?

When you look at the story there of Daniel in the lion’s den, you find Daniel being trapped by the only thing that the politicians of the court there, in the Persian court, could get him on. And that was his own personal life. They had probably gone through all of the records to find out if Daniel had compromised or embezzled money or had done something that was against the law

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The Other Side of Grace

what do you do when you realize you’ve climbed the ladder leaning on the wrong wall? A comment Mike made in our last podcast about his “feeling lied to” by those he knew who helped him learn how to run the religious treadmill, opens a discussion with Brad and Wayne about how we think of the people and places
that were part of our lives while we trying to serve God religiously. To many it does feel like they were duped or lied to. For others it felt like they had too much invested in the old ways to even consider another alternative. In time, however, grace does its work in us and we find ourselves thinking very differently about those who are still caught in the system of religious obligation.

Ken K. says:
11/1/2011 at 11:15 am
A very timely podcast for me. I look forward to that wonderful place of grace where I am completely at peace with the past. But I don’t believe I’ll get there without first taking time to honestly express my hurt, angst, anger and confusion. Sometimes that looks ugly, but it seems to be a necessary part of moving past it.
Of course, I could just suck it up, put on my best Mr. Rogers face and pretend it’s all good – I learned that in “church”. Looks like grace and forgiveness on the outside, but inwardly it drives the resentment deeper, moving me further from the peace I seek.
Some days I think it’s better for me to feel angry because someone lied to me, than to lie to myself because I don’t want to admit that I feel angry.
Perhaps true grace and real honesty are not so incompatible…?
Alan Gray says:
11/1/2011 at 7:15 pm
Ken, If you are interested, a few of us long time listeners to the god journey exchange emails on pretty much any topic. We all met here and have been mixing it up via email for a year and a half now. You are welcome to join in if you want. Just email me at goofyfishing@gmail.com if you are interested and I will loop you in. .
Kyla Unick says:
11/2/2011 at 9:38 am
Each time I listen to a podcast I find myself nodding and saying .. yep .. been there, thought that, and have lived in a world the past 27 years where I pushed it all aside and told myself that I was wrong for even thinking that. I suppose couple that with being a “club” member and being told that I didn’t know what I was talking about didn’t help either. I’m so thankful to be on this journey – and the chains continue to fall away with each podcast. Thank you!
Jeff Monroe says:
11/8/2011 at 5:23 pm
In the book “The Archko Volume” , Caiphas is reflecting on the recent resurrection of Jesus and reports of Jesus appearing before him. The encounter is very dramatic for Caiphas and he ends up resigning his post. The story begins a little more than half way down on page 125 and goes to page 127. I cannot imagine a more powerful realization that he must have felt seeing Jesus and realizing he was on the wrong ladder.
Karen Smeltzer says:
11/16/2011 at 9:42 am
Catholic, Luthern, Presbyterian, Baptist events, and now small group…I have no anger or regrets…for through the denominations and people, and my limited perception…I believe that He walked with me gleaning the things I needed to form a special relationship with Him and with His creation. I still walk humbling knowing I can be tripped up and then pass it on. Thank God for His Grace and Mercy. Found myself nodding with Brad a lot.

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To See the World As It Really Is: C. S. Lewis on Education

Having examined the form of education that Lewis rejects, we turn now to a brief summation of his own view. The following tenets are not the whole of Lewis?s educational paradigm, but instead form some of the nonnegotiables that Lewis felt were under particular attack in his day.
The Tao

Genuine education embraces the Tao. For Lewis, the Tao appears to be a combination of the absoluteness of reality and the human way of life that conforms to this reality. In other words, reality simply is a certain way, and human beings are called to order their lives by the pattern of the Tao.

Lewis believed that some aspect of the Tao was present in all major ancient philosophies and religions (Christian, Platonic, Oriental, Stoic, etc). Christians in search of biblical support for such an idea might look to Romans 1, where what can be known about God (i.e. Absolute Reality) has been revealed to and perceived by all men because God has made it known.

The Doctrine of Objective Value

For Lewis, the common feature in all manifestations of the Tao is the doctrine of objective value:

Until quite modern times all teachers and even all men believed the universe to be such that certain emotional reactions on our part could be either congruous or incongruous to it ? believed, in fact, that objects did not merely receive, but could merit our approval or disapproval, our reverence, or our contempt (The Abolition of Man, 27-28). . .

It is the doctrine of objective value, the belief that certain attitudes are really true, and others really false, to the kind of thing the universe is and the kind of things we are. Those who know the Tao can hold that to call children delightful or old men venerable is not simply to record a psychological fact about our own parental or filial emotions at the moment, but to recognize a quality which demands a certain response from us whether we make it or not (31).

In short, the ?givenness? of the world, and in particular, the Ultimate Reality that stands behind it, means that when we are confronted with various aspects of reality, we are obligated to respond with certain rational and emotional reactions.
The Principle of Proportionate Regard

But it?s not enough to simply feel something in response to the objective reality of the world. You must also feel rightly and proportionately to the way the world is.

“Can you be righteous,” asks Traherne, “unless you be just in rendering to things their due esteem? All things were made to be yours and you were made to prize them according to their value?”. . . St. Augustine defines virtue as ordo amoris, the ordinate condition of the affections in which every object is accorded that kind and degree of love which is appropriate to it. Aristotle says that the aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought (28-29).

These three realities form the foundation of true education. They also shape the aim of education.

For those within [the Tao], the task is to train in the pupil those responses which are themselves appropriate. . .

The little human animal will not at first have the right responses. It must be trained to feel pleasure, liking, disgust, and hatred at those things which really are pleasant, likeable, disgusting, and hateful (32).

Following Plato, Lewis believed that we ought to initiate the young into these right responses, even before they are able to rationally understand or explain what they are feeling. The goal of such inculcation of right responses is that, when a child raised in this way grows up and encounters Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, he will welcome them with open arms, because he has been prepared for, and indeed, resembles them already.
Now, We Get the Point of the Narnian Stories

So then, the function of the Narnian stories in Lewis?s approach to education becomes clear. The Narnian stories display through imaginative fiction and fairy tale the way that the world really is. Here is courage and bravery in its shining glory. Here is honesty and truth-telling in its simplicity and profundity. Here is treachery in all its ugliness. Here is the face of Evil. Here also is the face of Good.

A child raised on such stories will have developed the patterns and habits of thought and affection that will be well prepared to embrace the True, the Good, and the Beautiful (that is, to embrace Jesus Christ) when he finally encounters them (Him!) when he is grown. Like John the Baptist, Lewis and his cast of Narnians will have prepared the way.

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Violent Faith Glorifies God and Advances the Gospel

Burning the Koran is not the way of Jesus. The Kingdom of God does not advance by physical violence but through violent faith . Kingdom people suffer physical violence from the enemies of God, but the Kingdom of God advances by humble believers that exercise violent faith against the gates of hell . We do this by “turning the other cheek”, “overcoming evil with good” and going into the world with the gospel as lambs to the slaughter. Violent faith is Joshua walking around the city of Jericho and (by faith) the walls fall; and Daniel and the three Hebrew young men as they humbly submitted to literal furnace flames and hungry lions but were delivered by God through their faith. Others, such as Paul, ultimately were delivered to God through their martyrdom, also by faith. We are always delivered by God! If we live, we win and the world gets more of Jesus from us. If we die, we win bigger because we get more of Jesus in his presence!

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