Science Of Prayer

A wise man’s heart is at his right; but a fool’s heart is at his left”  (Ecc.10:2).

 

 

A wise man is some one who enjoys the best that life offers.  The Bible contains extra-ordinary wisdom as it is God’s revelation to man.  It contains promises for life here and life here-after.  “for bodily exercise is profitable for a little; but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life which now is, and of that which is to come” (1Tim.4:8). If one would follow all regulations of the Old Testament about food, sanitation and morality, one could be sure of a healthy and a happy life here on earth.  The New Testament, on the other hand, offers the way to enjoy eternal bliss.

 

 

The verse quoted above was written about 3000 years ago by King Solomon who is considered the wisest of men. What he said at that time is discovered by modern scientists now with exact accuracy about the way how the human brain functions. 

 

 

It is a common knowledge today that our brain is divided in to left and right and each has  essentially different functions to perform.  It is also known today that our brain produces electronic pulses as it vibrates regularly.  When our eyes are open and when we do any physical activity our left brain vibrates at 14-21 cycles per second (cps).  When our eyes are open, it is the left side of our brain which is activated usually and it is analytical in nature and activity oriented in function.  But when we close our eyes and begin to concentrate on some thing, the right side of our brain begins to be activated and the vibration is reduced to 7-14 cps.  This is the center of our brain and it takes us to the strongest part of our mind power which is on the right side.   When we sleep the cps reaches 4-7 and in a deep sleep it is 0-4 which is a kind of unconscious stage.  In our sleep right side of our brain controls all our internal organs.

The activity of our brain between sleep and wake up, that is,  the position with eyes closed in a relaxed mood when we concentrate on some thing,  is the creative and intuitive part of our mind and it is the center of our brain’s activities. It is called the Alpha mind.  If some one is able to cultivate the habit of remaining in this position of the mind for some time regularly, it is said to have enormous effect on one’s active life. Unfortunately, though the Bible talked about it long before the modern scientists discovered it, the Bible believers do not get the benefit out of this ancient Bible revelation.

How shall we get practical benefits from this Bible revelation about how our mind works? This is what we exactly do when we pray.  Christ who is the Eternal Word lives in our hearts by faith (Eph.3:17) in all believers.  When we close our eyes and concentrate on Him we get in to direct touch with Him.   All we need to do now is to discipline ourselves to strict timings and for regular practice for this contact with the divine in us.

1.  Twice a day set apart a minimum of fifteen minutes each as soon as waking up and just before going to bed.

2.  Sit up straight with your legs stretched and body straight and the body relaxed.  A kneeling position with hands and head slightly lifted up with eyes closed is found to have tremendous effect for prayer.

3.  Take a deep breath and release it slowly after closing your eyes.  It helps with the circulation of blood in our body.

4.  Concentrate your mind on God and on His goodness to you and thank Him for all good things you enjoy in life one by one.  Say it loudly to yourself so that you could hear what you say so that your concentration is not lost.  Do it for the first five minutes.  You may sing a song of praise at this time instead, with eyes closed and with full concentration.  We are told that He lives up on the praises of His people (Ps.22:3).

5. Then for the next five minutes repeat to yourself a verse of Scripture which assures you of God’s wonderful work in your life.  You might say it aloud to yourself, “I am a child of God through Christ”, or say “God has blessed me with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” or say, “The Lord is my shepherded, and I shall not want” or “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.  And visualize yourself as safe and sound in the hands of the Lord.  Do this for a minimum of five minutes. And never entertain any negative thought any time in your life (Ph.l.4:8,9).  It is called positive affirmations.

6.  Then take another deep breath and continue with eyes closed to pray for others and pray for your own needs for the day.  And take your time for it. Our Lord said, “For truly I say to you that whoever shall say to this mountain, Be moved and be cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he said shall occur, he shall have whatever he said (Mk.11:23). It is called creative visualization.

7.  Do it at the same time daily with out fail with eyes closed and in full concentration.  Force yourself to do it by discipline for the first three weeks.  If you can do it for three weeks, it would become a habit with you and you could do it with out much difficulty later on.

What actually happens is that when we close our eyes and concentrate on some thing, our right brain gets activated and our subconscious mind gets the message instantly.  Because the vibration level there is lower, it affects our whole system positively.  Our tension would be relieved and problems related to tension would begin to reduce slowly.  If we practice it daily just as we have our food at the correct time or just as we take medicines prescribed by a doctor,  we would soon find that our bodies become healthier and our dependence on other medicines would be reduced to a minimum.  Many have benefited from this practice.  I invite you too to enjoy life at its best and be wise as God expects us to be.

May I add one more word.  The more time you are able to spend in this condition is better for you and for others around you.  And it would bring glory to God ultimately as we are actually in touch with Him all the time we are doing this. In other words, when we pray we are functioning like a fully charged mobile phone with the right connections.  We are sending the power of God as electronic pulses to the recipient (the one for whom we are praying) through our minds.   The only difference is that when we are sending the message (i.e. when we pray) we are also charging our batteries at the same time!!  So less time in prayer means a poorly charged battery.  And no time in prayer means batteries are fully discharged.   So I suggest a minimum of one hour daily as ideal for every one.  But with out fifteen minutes at a time twice a day it might not yield much desired results at all.  Try this out and share with us how it has worked for you.  Thanks.

 

 

 

Thought for the day.


“There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man” (John 1:9).

Jesus is the light of the world.
🙏Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son as the light of the world so that we are no more in darkness about why we are here on earth.

Are we truly walking in the light which we received?

Quote for the day:  “We cannot answer every question that any bright boy in the back row might ask. We have only light enough to walk by.” — Howard A. Johnson

Thought for the day.

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1).

It is impossible to please God without faith.
🙏Heavenly Father, give us grace to live a life acceptable to You to prove that we truly have faith in You.

Has our faith changed our life style?

Quote for the day: “He does not believe, that does not live according to his belief.” — Thomas Fuller

Thought for the day.

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

We are citizens of the other world.
🙏Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us the assurance that this world is not ours and that our troubles will soon pass away.

Are we able to focus on the other world?

Quote for the day: “Those who keep speaking about the sun while walking under a cloudy sky are messengers of hope, the true saints of our day.” — Henri Nouwen

Thought for the day.

“Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, …” (Matthew 5:19).

While place in heaven is free based on the cross of Christ, status in heaven depends on obeying the laws.
🙏Heavenly Father, help us to obey all Your commands so that we will not be the least in the kingdom of heaven.

Are we careful to obey all the commands in the Bible?\

Quote for the day: “We must always be on our guard lest, under the pretext of keeping one commandment, we be found breaking another.” — St. Basil

Thought for the day.

“Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe” (Acts 28:24).

God works in us by His word.
🙏Heavenly Father, thank You for revealing Yourself through Your Word so that we can know about You and Your purposes for our lives.

Do we have any doubt about our eternity?

Quote for the day: “Conviction is God at work in us.” — David Edwards

How to understand Mt.6:13 of the Lord’s Prayer?

Truly v.13 is a bit confusing to the simple reader.  The first phrase. “lead us not into temptation” pauses the question whether it is the Lord who leads us to temptation when James 1:13 clearly says that God can not be tempted by evil nor does He tempt anyone

Well. The word used in the original has two basic meanings.  It means trial or temptation.  We know that God tried or tested the faith of Abraham (Gen. 22:1).  We also know that God permitted Satan to test Job (Job.1:12).  

When Jesus asked His disciples to pray not to lead them to temptation, He meant that they must pray that the trials to which God takes them should not be unbearable and hurting.  !Cor.10:13 promises that God is faithful and that He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear.  Promises remain promises unless they are claimed in prayer.  For example, God promises that he who believes in the Son has eternal life.  Unless that promise is claimed, it remains unfulfilled,  Same is true about the promise about temptation.  

We saw in Job’s life God permits Satan to try his faith.  Even today Satan is asking God to let him try us and our faith.  God permits Satan to do so.  Then comes the second part of the prayer in v. 13.  BUT what ever happens deliver us from the Evil One.  In the original there is a definite article before evil and it MUST BE translated as deliver us from THE EVIL ONE as Satan is called the evil one. 

Even today this happens.  We read in Lk.22:31 that Satan asked that Simon be sifted like wheat. In the next verse we are told that Jesus prayed for him. 

So we need to pray that trials of our faith should not be too hard for us to bear as God promised BUT whatever happens, we should not be given into the hands of the Evil One to be sifted like wheat.   Praise God Jesus our intercessor is also praying for us as we pray the same prayer here on earth.  Praise be to His Holy Name.  Amen.-

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

We are created for a purpose.
🙏Heavenly Father, thank You for the Lord Jesus who came to restore us to You though we sinned so that we can love You and serve You.

Do we know why we are here?

Quote for the day: “Think of these things: whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.” — Benjamin Franklin

Thought for the day.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9)?

This is the true condition of human heart.
🙏Heavenly Father, thank You that You are willing to cleanse our hearts with the blood of Jesus and make it Your abode.

Are we cleansing our hearts daily with the Word of God?

Quote for the day: “Today open your heart and let God’s touch bring restoration to those areas of your life that need repair.” — Amy Nappa

Thought for the day.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

Human race lost the contact with God with Adam’s sin.
🙏Heavenly Father, thank You for Your willingness to come to earth as a man to restore us to You by taking our punishment on You.

Are we truly enjoying that fellowship with God?

Quote for the day: “^God is in the business of restoration, and he’s been doing it for a long, long time.” — Amy Nappa