Effective Christian Prayer
Only a good God
could have created the incredible nobility embedded in the highest
human aspirations. Otherwise, how could humans long within their
hearts for beauty and kindness? Those are hardly reasoned choices? Charismatic Christian faith proclaims that joy and abundance will follow a
prayer to God, who is good. But, that view is not shared by science.
Mainstream science denies the evidence of
miracles from God. They point to a God, who permitted the
Holocaust. They cite the lack of answers to many a heartfelt prayer.
For science, the evidence is erratic, contradictory and unacceptable
for the hypothesis of a good God. With this conclusion,
science has thrown out the baby with the bathwater.
- The essence of religious faith is a belief that God has good intentions for you.
rejects the concept of a good God.
science has its reasons, many great statesmen and leaders have
accepted a good God, who answers prayers.
whose prayers have been effective, have an enigmatic mental state.
Christian prayers are based on faith drawing inspiration from the
- The Charismatic movement has delineated the path to faith.
is a seed, which grows when one listens with expectation for divine
readings from the Bible grant the Believer contextual insights.
to God, accepting His insights and gratitude for His blessings lead
to miraculous answers to prayers.
Faith is trust, belief, confidence, conviction, credence, reliance, dependence, optimism, hopefulness. Christian faith is all these that God has good intentions for you. The Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC) is believed to make choices, when one is faced with conflicting perceptions - such as when one is asked to identify the color of the word "Red" written in blue ink. But, we have convictions too - we know that we exist. ACC is silent for that decision. So also, true Christian Faith remains a conviction. When doubts enter the mind, ACC takes control and a decision becomes difficult.
Doubts rule mainstream science. Doubts blind science to a crucial dimension
of human life - the goodness of God. On the other hand, faith points to the incredible beauty of the world to justify the view of a good God. He also works miracles. There is concrete
evidence of miracles in the world. But, papers presenting the evidence of innumerable miracles across history are rejected by influential science journals. Where peer
reviews decide the results of a lifetime of research, a public
acknowledgment of miracles becomes a fatal frailty for a scientist.
They diligently oppose the concept of a good and loving God. In
spite of scientific opposition, many great statesmen and thinkers remain convinced of the existence of a good God and of His miracles. In the
midst of such doubts, an increasing number of modern Christians have benefited
from miraculous answers to prayers. The triumph of these Believers is
founded on the silence of their ACCs.
The Believer senses
the goodness of God deep within. As Kierkegaard suggests, logical
contradictions opposing such a belief disappear into a vast silence
in the Believer's mind. The Believer feels loved. The Believer
argues that anyone can live a blessed life by following certain
percepts. With a firm faith that prayers will be answered, the
possibility of failure vanishes into a childlike silence in the mind
of the Believer. He believes in the goodness of God while taking
into consideration the daily media reports, from countries around the
world, of earthquakes and floods, wars and holocausts, untimely
deaths and of the resounding success of evil. In return, the
Believer benefits from prayer. Replacing logical contradictions with
silent faith is the basis of effective Christian prayer.
Christian prayers receive miraculous answers. They draw inspiration
from the Bible, which documents an untold number of prophesies and
promises. Devout scholars have uncovered much evidence of its
supernatural construct. As an example, some books in the Bible were
translated hundreds of years before the Christian era. Yet, those
books prophesied the life and mission of Jesus Christ.
belief is that crucifixion widened the reach of God's answers to
prayers. Jesus Christ sacrificed himself for all of humanity. From a
focus on the Israelites, the Bible promises answers to all prayers
through Jesus Christ. Faith in these promises yield miraculous
answers. Prayers in His name by Believers have mitigated their
disasters, achieved their successes and brought them peace and joy.
Each person is free to accept, or reject the Christian belief.
Acceptance has transformed lives.
The Charismatic Movement interprets
the Bible, delineating steps to Christian faith. Their views have powerfully benefited their vast assembly of followers. Pointing to
Biblical verses that abundance is acceptable to God, the Charismatic faith overturns prevalent admonitions against wealth. According to the
Bible, the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. The path to faith
usually begins when one feels fear and despair and feels a need for
The need is intense, when life has brought them to a
place, where there is no way out. You need a miracle to save you. A
hope that prayer through Jesus Christ can help is sown as a seed in
your mind. You make a commitment to grow that seed. The Bible
promises that your commitment will grow that seed. With faith,
miracles deliver the promises of God documented in the Bible. It is
written that they are wrought by the faith of the individual and not
The Charismatic view is that God speaks to you all the time. You need to listen.
When an amateur learned to fly, he listened to the confusing radio
message from his instructor. In the constant chatter within radio
waves, the beginner learned to identify his code number and respond to
his instructions. He gradually learned to grasp those messages.
He began to anticipate the words of his instructor.
Prayer is the
process of presenting problems that trouble you to God and faith is the process of leaving it to Him. When you ask your friend for help and he replies "consider it done." You can then leave it to him. With faith, the answer to your prayer is "consider it done." That problem is not yours to worry over. Repeat your prayers however many times with the same faith. Till you know the answer to your prayer.
Learn to recognize His promises and admonitions. Faith
demands continuous prayer, till it is answered one way, or the other. Faith considers your prayer answered - your job is over. Consider it done. Value the surprising answers to some prayers. They could appear
supernatural. Accept setbacks as the will of God, without
questioning their logic. Kill the thistles and thorns of reason,
which seek to destroy your seed of faith. Faith grows as you consign
each destructive doubt into the vast well of silence in your mind.
Christian prayers lead to a privileged life. The divine point of
contact is the name of Jesus Christ. Christian inspiration for
prayers comes from daily readings of the Bible. As you absorb the
circumstances encountered by generations of kings, princes, prophets
and sages, your mind will grasp a verse, which is God's answer to the
crisis you face. Expect His words to rise in your subconscious.
Valuing small answers to prayers is the true foundation of faith.
Nothing is too small for an infinite wisdom. The answer may be
simple. Example - "I will give you rest."
Insights from the
Bible can soften your worries and fears. Count your blessings and
name them one by one. Value the good, however small. As you follow
this path, you will still your feelings of despair. Become aware of negative
ways of thinking. Awareness will consign the thought to the vast silence in your mind. Hold on to a simple belief in God and his
Faith is also strengthened when you feel gratitude to God. The
sense of gratitude will also still your fears. Listening to God,
accepting His insights and gratitude for His blessings will lead you
to miraculous answers to prayers. As your faith in the goodness of
God takes hold, you will be filled with joyous exhilaration, even if
you are hurting inside.