Just finished reading his book a few days ago. So many wonderful insights about
prayer! Very grateful for the things I've learned.
AuntSueAt a particularly difficult time in my life, my needful prayers
began to sound like whining, even to me. I began to fill my days with short
gratitude prayers, a beautiful blue sky, gorgeous white clouds, a tree in bloom,
a bed of fragrant flowers, a kind word, a thoughtful friend. Then at night, I
was able to talk with My Lord about my sorrows and need. Being grateful all day
helped me to find joy in difficult times and also helped me to see gifts from
Him that I was overlooking. Now the windows of heaven seem much more open, and
filled with His love.
The Lord’s Prayer is not the only model for prayer found in sacred
Scripture. In fact, the largest book of the Bible is made up entirely of
inspired prayers that we do well to use in our private devotional lives. We are
speaking, of course, about the book of Psalms.Many people have
trouble developing consistent, God-honoring prayers, and they therefore write
out their prayers using the acrostic ACTS. This method of prayer begins with
adoration (A) and then moves into confession (C). Thanksgiving (T) follows, and
then finally we can lift up our needs in supplication (S). The primary advantage
of this outline is that it helps keep us focused on the Lord and His kingdom.
@donnlayton, UTThank you for your wonderful post! Your
sharing of using the acrostic ACTS in a prayer outline is certainly going to be
a great help to me and my family I hope. I don't know how many times I
have felt that our prayers are just bouncing off the ceiling and not even
reaching the Heavenly Throne! Or perhaps our faith is just not strong enough to
merit an answer from the Lord. I don't even know how to wrestle with the
Lord the way Enos did. How does one wrestle or pray on his/her knees for a
whole day and then a whole night? I wouldn't last 10 minutes at the most
before I'm zonked. I've done that a few times and always woke up
still on my knees and felt awful because I felt like I've once again made a
mockery of prayer before God. Thanks again!
I have engaged in 30 years of sincere, heartfelt "wrestling" prayers
regarding god, his (or her) existence, the alleged truthfulness of the Book of
Mormon, etc., but I always end up winning the wrestling match because god is
always a no-show!So much for the efficacy of prayer.We
get more practical value from meditation.
A Scientist, I agree that meditation can give practical value to one's
life. But in the matter of prayer, you may be looking beyond the mark. If you
truly have done as you've outlined for 30 years, you may have been getting
answers through meditation but have not properly recognized their source.
Meditation, IMHO, is a form of prayer. But the God some of us rely upon
won't make the source of the answers clear without firm faith, nothing
doubting, in him.I can't comment on the efficacy of your prayers
without some means of measurement of your "heartfelt sincerity", a
requirement which science would demand and can't supply. Any attempt to
give you an adequate answer would fall short--none of my business anyway. But
from a peer-review standpoint, many of us with scientific interest and
experience have no conflict between science and religion. We all have our
various life-long battles to fight, in science, religion, and all aspects of our
lives. For example: I have great respect for those who, after numerous attempts
over many years, are still looking for a cure to cancer. Some things just take
G L W8Yes, some things just take more time...something
that could be said to prolong a snipe hunt, or the search for Big Foot, or even
the striving to be worthy to "see" the Emperor's New Clothes.At some point we have to acknowledge that the hypothesis is, in
principle, not falsifiable nor verifiable, just as the assertions about snipe,
Big Foot, and the Emperor's magical Clothes.