prayer, meditation, worship, and spiritual communion we are improving
our conscious contact with God and sharing our inner lives with
committing of our lives to God is the spiritual foundation for
prayer, the process by which we come to know our heavenly Father.
being God, can communicate with us any way he chooses. If he rarely
does so audibly, it is due to the importance he attaches to our
growth in faith. If seeking spiritual guidance consisted of no
more than listening to a voice or consulting handwriting on a
chalkboard, what point would there be to living by faith? Gods
plan requires that we rely on our highest convictions when the
way is unclear, for wrestling with the uncertainties of inner
guidance exercises our faith. A parent is less concerned with
whether his child understands a particular passage than with whether
the child is learning to read; similarly, the important thing
in Gods sight is not whether we perfectly understand a particular
answer to prayer, but the process of growth associated with seeking
his will. The latter pertains to our relationship with him; the
former addresses only details.
cannot be learned from books, only by experience. Prayer is communication
with ones Maker, not a rhetorical skill whereby our flowery
language supposedly impresses him whose mind encompasses the galaxies.
The time, place, and form of our prayers are not significant,
only their sincerity and our willingness to listen for Gods
answers. We become friends with our Father in heaven the same
way we do with anyone else, by spending time with himtalking,
listening, and sharing our lives.
our prayers to be effective, they should be focused and specific.
Exactly how do we want the situation to turn out? Usually, just
thinking that question through discloses the obvious answer and
permits us to redirect our human energies to its realization.
Our overall attitude toward life is, "Father, your will be
done," but in prayer, generalities dissipate like water poured
from a bucket. Having thought the situation through to the best
of our ability and arrived at a sincere belief as to the best
outcome for all concerned, we unhesitatingly ask the Father to
help us bring it about.
God appears not to have answered our prayers, it is not because
he hasnt heard, doesnt care, or is too busy. An apparently
unanswered prayer could signify several things: that we have not
yet exhausted our human remedies to the problem; that, for reasons
we do not understand, it would be harmful for us to receive that
which we seek, at least in the way we envision; that answering
our prayer would abridge anothers free will; that the time
is not yet ripe; or even, unbeknownst to us, that the prayer has
already been answered. Except for these self-evident exceptions,
we should live in the certainty that God answers every one of
faith, and action are spiritually bound together. Prayer generates
faith, faith leads us to pray, and both lead us to act decisively
according to our Fathers leading. Acting on spiritual guidance
in turn gives us more faith and upsteps our prayer life as we
experience the satisfactions of a victorious spiritual life.