To do: Listen to Andrew Wommack’s sermon.
What I will need: Internet access, a Bible, the zeal and ability to unlearn
Last week I listened to a podcast by Neville Goddard in which he talks about using our imagination to manifest desires into reality. I am not sure if I made this apparent in my previous blog entry, but this podcast left me quite confused. Because, I was taught, right from a young age, to pray and ask God for anything and everything that I needed in life. And here I was listening to someone say that all I have to do is imagine my desires come to life and they would. I had so many conflicting thoughts since the day I listened to the podcast. But, after listening to the sermon today, I have understood what Neville Goddard was talking about. Nothing was wrong with what he said but something was wrong with how I prayed.
I am thankful to Nick for suggesting these sermons to me. They have been a blessing. I do not think it was a coincidence that I had to listen to these sermons right after Neville Goddard’s podcast considering how confused I was.
A Better Way to Pray
Many of us have been taught the religious way to pray. So, we have memorized a bunch of sentences, to be used in different settings, and we believe that that is prayer and God will hear us. We are mistaken. Imagine every time you spoke to a friend, you repeated the same rehearsed lines. Would your relationship get anywhere? No. Your friend would probably think that you are crazy and never talk to you again.
Like for everything else, there is a right and wrong way to pray. And, if we are praying the wrong way, though we may be sincere, we will be sincerely wrong.
Prayer is a way of building a relationship with God. And, like every other relationship, it needs time and effort. But most often when we pray, we only focus on asking, complaining, and griping before God. We go on to present a long list of needs and wants before Him like He does not know about them. Or we think He needs to be reminded once more or given a detailed account of what we are "actually" going through. That is the wrong way to pray. Instead, we must focus on our relationship with God when we pray. We should thank Him for what He has already done and given us and worship Him for who He is: our loving father and savior.
2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.
God knows what we need even more than we do. And, He has provided our needs even before we ask Him. We do not have to go begging before God for something that He has already provided us. This hurts His heart because when we do this, we treat Him like someone at a distance even though in our prayers, we call Him Father. Rather, we must believe that all our needs have been met by Him and claim the same with faith. (This is exactly what Neville Goddard was talking about.)
Time and again, we fail to realize the power of words spoken or thought. A lot of people say that words can either build or break. Even the earth and the universe came to be because of the words spoken out of God’s mouth. That is the same authority God has given us. The words that we speak and think have the authority to create and destroy. Therefore, we must choose our words wisely every time we use them and especially when we pray. If we only speak fear, doubt, and unbelief in our prayers, we will be reinforcing fear, doubt, and unbelief in our lives. But, when we use words that thank and praise God, our father, they will help increase our faith.
There is so much more that I can go on writing about, but I think I will stop here. What I have written so far is what touched me the most as I listened to the sermons. I hope these words will help some of us to better the way we pray. I hope we will learn to focus more on God and less on ourselves, in our prayers, and that way we will be able to unlearn what religion has taught us about prayer.
As I mentioned, what I have written here is not everything that Andrew Wommack discusses in the sermons. There is a lot more that he talks about in the five-part series titled A Better Way to Pray. For anyone who is interested in listening to the sermons, you can find the first part here. The following parts will automatically line up on YouTube. I hope you will be blessed by the sermons just as I was.
Proverbs 18: 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.