We live in a time in history where we are able to reach out and touch just about anyone in the industrialized world. There hasn’t been any other time in history where anyone could have said that. We have landlines, wireless, hot spots, WiFi, satellites, iPhones, iPads, Androids, cell phones, blue tooth, laptops, and a vast assortment of electronics devices to keep us connected and “online”. Technically we could live our lives in a virtual existence without leaving our homes or ever speaking face to face with anyone ever again and we could do this without ever missing a single connection to the outside world. All this technology has enabled us to be aloof and indifferent to others. When you live with virtual connections it makes it easy to be impersonal. Physical connections make it possible to actually touch those to whom you are talking and that creates a physical bond with your correspondent whether it is a good bond or bad bond it doesn’t matter. The physical bond is what is important. That is a type of bond that you can never get in the virtual world of technology.
In the virtual world it is easier to hang up on people. It is easier to block people. It is easier to ignore people. It is so easy to just turn off your communication devices and be isolated and disconnected with the world. It is even possible to stay offline completely and avoid anyone and everyone which is what is called a closed line. A closed line makes it impossible for others to reach you and thus you have isolated yourself from everyone on the other end of all those lines, all around the world. This ability it go “offline” can create within us, an aloofness or indifference to the outside world.
Our aloofness and indifference can be carried over into our spiritual lives. Many have done just that they have closed their lines to incoming and outgoing communications to the spiritual world. They no longer have any connectivity to God and have walked away from their spirituality. They are not alone in their indifference or aloofness because there are many who think they still have an open line to God but they really don’t. Many have one way communications with the spirit world. They tell God what they want but never listen to what God wants.
You may be asking yourself, what line to God is he talking about? There is one and only one line of communications to God and that is through the prayer line. It is very different than man’s communication technology because man’s technology has millions of gates which can switch you from one line to another till you get to where you desire. The prayer line has one and only one gate that you must be switched through and that gate is Jesus Christ. He is the gateway to God and to eternal salvation.
Since prayer is our only communications line to God, I have to ask is your prayer line open or closed? When was the last time you prayed? When was the last time you prayed a really sincere prayer? I’m not talking about a “me prayer” but a true prayer that was about having an open conversation with God. By a “me prayer” I am referring to one where the prayer is all about me, where the conversation is all about… give me this… help me with this… I want that… and so on. There is nothing wrong with asking God for help or for things you desire but don’t make the conversation just about your desires. There are much more important things that you can and should talk to God about. Besides he already knows what you want and what you need. He also knows what you should and should not have.
Some people have another problem with their prayer lines and that is they have scripted their prayers. This is like playing a prerecorded message for God. They have what I like to call their “own prayer” which they repeat over and over again. I’m sure God doesn’t want to hear a broken record when he is listening to your communiques.
Some have even stolen their prayer from others the best example of that is what is called the “Lord’s Prayer”. The Lord’s Prayer is what Jesus used as an example to teach his followers how to pray. It is called the “Lord’s Prayer” for a good reason. It is his prayer not mine, not yours, not anyone else’s but his. It can never be your prayer and you should never try to steal it to call it your own. The Lord’s Prayer was Jesus’ heartfelt words and those words were from his heart and his thoughts, not yours. He did it as an example for us to use to model our own prayers. We need to use his example and use our own heartfelt words when we pray. He never intended for us to “copy and paste” his words into our prayers. Each time we pray we should make our prayer a personal experience for ourselves. If you use a prayer from someone else then it isn’t your prayer but theirs.
There is another issue with repetitive prayers. We mature physically and spiritually and our prayers should mature along with us. How can that happen if we are reciting the same old prayer day after day? As a child, I did pray a lot of the “me prayers”, but occasionally I would sneaked in a thought or two about someone else’s needs, but mostly they were me prayers. As I matured my prayers did mature somewhat, because as a teenager I did pray for others which included my family, my girlfriend and her family. My personal experiences were a limited, thus my prayers were limited and they were limited both in spirituality and maturity. I came to pray what I call “robot prayers” where praying was a robotic function. It wasn’t heartfelt but more mechanical in action.
As a child most people prayed for that new toy, that new bicycle or that new dessert. There are many unfortunate people who pray for a roof over their heads, another meal or even for loving parents. All of these prayers were totally appropriate but most people are not in their situation. As you matured did your prayers mature also? When you became an adult did your prayers become more or less about you?
Even when I became an adult and I use that term “adult” loosely because technically when I was called an adult, I was far from being a mental or spiritual adult. I didn’t understand the true nature of prayer or the world for that matter. Prayer was not intended to be a form of begging, but rather it is intended to be a form of bearing our heart to God.
When you pray do you ask for a raise, a promotion, a new job, a new car, a new house, a new wife or even a winning lottery ticket? It is far too easy to justify the begging in our own minds by adding footnotes to the requests. There is nothing wrong with asking for these things and we should always ask God to improve our situation but when you do it with footnotes you have made it conditional?
How many times have you asked for something and added that you would do some honorable deed after you received the reward? A prime example of this is, is what I like to call the old lottery beg. “God if you let me win the lottery, then I will help others or do some honorable deed with some of the money.” You don’t need to bribe God with your possible good deeds because he already knows what you will with the money. You can promise God the moon and it won’t a bit of difference, after all why would he need anything that you have, anything but your love?
God doesn’t give us what we want but what we need. Winning the lottery is really the last thing most people need. Do you know how many lottery winners have committed suicide? Do you know how many lottery winners wished they had never won the lottery? The more money you have the more headaches you have. So don’t pray for such frivolous things as money or worldly profit, instead pray for spiritual profit and I’ll bet God will give you more of what you prayed for and much more.
Has your prayer matured or has it gone stagnant? Is your prayer line online or offline? Is your communication two way or one way? Is your life closed to the outside world as well as to the spiritual world? Everyone should ask themselves these questions and more! If you aren’t happy with your answers then I suggest you pick up the prayer line and start making a difference by asking for the right things in the right way.
This article was written by Bertrum J Meisner Jr. I am not a professional writer. I am just a common every day laborer like most of you. I write from my heart, logic and life experiences. I am a devout Constitutional conservative and Christian. My only degree is in life experiences, which comes from a lifetime of learning from life. I derived my education from being part of this great nation and that has given me more of an education than I could ever get from any text book. I love this country and everything it is supposed to stand for. I write to bring it back to its roots and to help stop the destruction that is coming to this country both morally and physically.
Bertrum James Meisner Jr
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