|Posted by frieda lara on September 2, 2019 at 4:10 AM||comments (0)|
We know many things ABOUT God -- that He is the creator, almighty, all-knowing, all=-present, all-merciful, all-just, all-merciful and lots more. But these are information we put into our heads. Knowing Goid means experiencing Him, feeling Him inside us, speaking or hearing Him speak intimately within. Only true beievers, who are His friends, can know Him. And His will is to be in intimae union with them. Knowing Him does not qualify us to enter into that union and His kingdom. Even the evil one knows ABOUT him but does not and cannot unite with Him.
A trub believer must make quality time with the Lord as often and as long as possible. We are all made for Him, more than for anything and anyone in this world. If this does not happen, we cannot fulfill our existence. Happiness will elude us. This is the only reason for our existence and yet it is neglected or unknown. Such is the work of our enemy and true believers must expose this.
|Posted by frieda lara on August 6, 2019 at 7:40 AM||comments (4)|
When we pray, we should remember that the Person we are communicating with or addressing is not a mortal. or a tangible being like other people. God is a Spirit. He is all-knowing and searches the heart. He knows the end from the beginning and knows perfectly well what we are addressing Him for. He wants to be worshipped in spirit and in truth. We worship and pray not verbally or mentally (reading something pre-written or memorized) but from the heart, to utter what really comes from our heart without words. We send Him feelings, not words. We need not speak outwardly or inwardly, much less read anything. Simply present ourselves in emptinesws before the Great All Who owns us and has absolute rights over us. Then we simply say "teach us how to pray." The people of Jesus' time asked Him this and He taught them The Lord's Prayer because it is a complete prayer but must be said slowly from the heart, not from the mind or verbally.
I have always been opposed to vocal prayer since I became aware of the reason for existence, the I and the Thou. If you are invited to appear before a king or queen or a president of a great nation, how do you behave? In all respect and propriety, of course. You will probably practise what you will say, make sure you are properly attired and come to your appointment on time. What more if you come into the presence of the Ruler of the universe, before whom all the kings and rulers of the earth are mere foot stools? Yet is this the way we behave when attending the Mass or praying even in the pprivacy of our bedrooms? God is Divine Royalty, wherever and whenever we address Him. And most of us, if not all of us, do that many times deliberately.
The way to pray is via the heart. Our minds do not appeal to God. He wants us to worship and serve Him OUT OF LOVE that comes from the heart in response to His love that He will pour upon our hearts from His own when we ask Him. And we should because that is all that we need to do to fulfill our existence. It is also His first commandment -- love the Lord your God WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART, with your whole soul, with your whole mnd and with your whole strength. It is not an appeal or a recommendation or a preference but a very clear COMMAND. And only those who fulfill it (and the second commandment -- love your neighbor as yourself) will enter heaven.
Love cannot be generated by a human being. There is no love outside God because He is Love Itself. None is good but God, Jesus teaches. We can have or feel love only when we respond to His when He gives it to us at an overflow. Then we can begin to love ourselves and others. This is the only way love flows and spreads.
We do not have to tell God we love Him. He knows if we do or not, and that knowledge proceeds not from our words but our deeds. Because love is an act as well as a feeling which enables the act. Telling Him we love Him over and over again is worthless unless we show that love in deed, both in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. If we love God, we will follow His command, He will live in us, we will possess virtues and develop vision. And we will hear Him speak. He will do His works in ur and through us. This is how He reproduces His Son to inherit His kingdom as His adopted children.
Any person who tells us that he/she loves us must first possess God before he/she can truly love. If not, he/she does not really love us. He or she only wants us for his/her subjective ends. God always has to be central in our lives. We cannot have motives apart from His that will last because we were made for Him and for His glory, not our plans for ourselves. If we pursue anything outside of Him, we are exposed to the rule of the enemy who will first seduce us with false promises and then destroy us. Do not underestimae his cunning. He has more than 2,000 years of experience in temptation. We must cleave to God as often as possible. Pray and ask Him to keep us in His own heart to protect us from our enemy.
|Posted by frieda lara on August 6, 2019 at 2:50 AM||comments (0)|
Have we ever wondered why prayer is a one-way effort? The person recites or silently speaks to the Lord spontaneously or through prepared prayers from a missal? Ever wondered why His voice is heard only by a very few and we wish we could hear Him answer back? There is an answer that every real and fervent belever or devotee should, in fact, search hard for. Jesus Himself already described how His voice can be heard yet we persist with one-way communication. Why can't the ordinary person praying hear His voice? The key is truthfulness.
|Posted by frieda lara on August 6, 2019 at 2:45 AM||comments (0)|
Jesus says : "He who is of the Truth hears My voice. (John 18:37)."
The Truth is God Himself ("I am the Way, the TRUTH and the Life").. Being oF the Truth means belonging to God, being filled with Him, thriving on God. That person who is of the Truth will hear God's voice. That person's questions will be answered by Him. But being truthful is in itself extremely difficult. Day by day, we are bombarded by unrealities that are not acceptable to the Lord. Because we are in the world (which is captive to the enemy of God), truthfulness is a rarity and a grace. \Without grace, no one can be freed to elect what is true all the time or to seek it. Our fallen nature inclines us to falsehood and naturally resists Truth. Hence, it requires grace to choose and stay truthful.