Prayer, the sacrifice that isn't always a sacrifice but matter of the heart.
The practice of praying is healthy and takes an ability of clarity, humility, and sophistication. It requires patience and self-control to allow any timeslot from your mind to do so, along with a sense of expertise and confidence being aware of the request or blessing you are in tune to ask on. Prayer creates the right conditioning of our mind and it reminds us of the required loyalty towards the being who created all that is instituted before us. He requires recognition and creates demands for us to stay true to the right mind frame and process of reporting. Prayers of empathy, positive selfless requests for others, forgiveness for yourself and others, or for reasonable desires true to our life’s visions submissive to God’s allowances within the will, all play a factor in what manifests and or how we learn ‘the why’ on why we are denied, prolonged, or answered. Before you ask someone for something, you know how to summarize the request uniquely so you are not ineffective, incoherent, or hypocritical – so that it counts before you hit the send button amen (as though whatever you said in your mind or out loud was a written up email you were about to send to the one you report and ask the request to). To even get over our loudest most annoying thoughts of the day requires skill, to pray in a state of proper mind frame is part of this conditioning and maturity God wants in our development, not that it is always possible to pray with the perfect uninterrupted clarity.
He created us to communicate with Him and appreciate the details hidden and widely accepted; but ultimately we will get even better direct information in heaven through each other and speaking plainly to Him when earth scenario one is behind us and we aren’t scrutinized by sin grading while being surrounded by evil (literally and thoughts we imperfect humans can’t always get around). Until then, we are learning to discern all sorts of thoughts whether temptations, or seeing how to follow rules within the bible that say to pray without cease (make it to the end of the prayer being focused and intentful) or to pray continually in the spirit on behalf of all things considered. Rehearsed prayers have some value, to keep up with ‘fervent prayer,’ is also a way to not be repetitive without cause – though over time it becomes a repetitive religious way of going about in your faith. We are warned multiple times that standard practice can go stale or lukewarm, where ‘burnt offerings, burnt sacrifices, solemn assembles’ are not the sacrifices that please the Lord, but more so to extend mercy and give grace to others with a willful heart.
Hosea 6:6 ‘For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.’ and Jesus in the New Testament says in Matthew 9:13 ‘Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”’
Yet to make the same prayer each morning or before food, or go about praying repetitively the same way or rehearsed style is still recognized as fruitful in its own right. To follow the guidelines of the teachings of the Holy Spirit, which means to be open to reason and to ‘measure’ the intent of the heart through allowable reconciliation, is a way we gauge the level of grace we connect ourselves to. It isn’t required to be a bible guru to know if you may have worded something less than perfectly said all things considered, but proper intent and desire of wellbeing in yourself and others is what counts. The thoughts we hear, how we react to the visuals or expressions that we cognitively process creates the state of grace that distinguishes people from each other. Fortunately the uniqueness of everything and everyone is a nice aspect of God’s creation, so that we can find our own rhythm. Sometimes when I start praying uniquely I remember before saying amen to say ‘God because of this prayer on behalf of this type of situation, please accept the request appropriately distributed properly to the right scenario near or far away, if in fact this specific request itself isn’t pinpoint to the isolated scenario that triggered the prayer upfront,’ or ‘God even if it’s a percentage change please increase the outcome, or increase your presence on the matter.’
Gaining proper standing with God is important, favor is part of the equation. Plus, God can only give since he can create anything, He takes pleasure in giving (confirmed by the bible) and we humans like to receive, so it works as long as it’s done correctly. The role of the priest, even critical thinking Levite and saint, is to be accustom to prayers of inequity on behalf of mankind and our fallen tendencies for this or that type of scenario or thought. We humans get more ‘common’ thoughts six days of the week, not that this is exactly precise for all the believers, but a way to know we aren’t burdened excessively by our failures and requirements to resist the devil (that we don’t always prevail in). A problem is short sided outlooks, finger pointing discernment (accusing without full case details), and desire to represent God on behalf of His total outlook. Those 144 hours of the week of common thoughts aren’t always pure (out of 168); to even be exposed to the devil makes us less associable to the holy God. God looking down as the creator CEO is saying ‘don’t make me out to be bogus for the filthy thoughts you are exposed to, rather see there is practice at hand that has always accounted for this understanding on behalf of my total way of forming you.’ The best mind holds every thought captive to the requirement of Christ, which is not always easy with all of life’s exposures and the limited way we stir our own thoughts and reactions to our surroundings!