How To Unite With GodPayer Is Individual With Each Of Us
Jesus Quote’s On How To Pray
“When you pray, do not be hypocrites. They love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, to be seen by the people. They have their reward, the glory of the people. When you pray, go into a room, and when you have closed the door, pray to your heavenly Father in secret; the heavenly Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the hypocrites do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”
United With God
Prayer is a foundational principle communicating with God. The word Prayer means, united with God. We are united with God when applying the principles of Christ to everyday life. Within the content of this quote is demonstrated many things. First of all Hypocrites pray for the benefit of themselves therefore their prayers are self serving and are not representative of a relationship through Jesus.
Why Private Prayer
I stop and think to myself, before every meal many households say a prayer. Usually in this prayer God is asked to bless the food they are eating. Lets look at what Jesus is saying regarding this event. First of all Jesus says, “We are to pray in private between each of us and God.” This private connection is established anywhere we are. God knows where we all stand. Individual prayer provides for everyone’s various needs. When we pray as a collective body it is impossible to connect individual needs. Each person has their own individual relationship with God. So how can someone else pray for my needs, a collective prayer nullifies everything Jesus teaches.
Even when we pray over a meal. The most common requisition is that God bless the food. There may be people at the dinner table that have problems with overeating or with sugar diabetes or allergies, or other issues. How can God adjust to accommodate each individual with a collective Blessing. It is impossible. But what we are asking God to do by blessing the food is make our wrong, right. By doing this we violate all of His judgements. We are turning our lives and inequities enabling God to be responsible and not taking responsibility of our own lives.
The easiest thing to do in life is to agree with anyone other than Jesus. By agreeing with the prayer of others we have a collective prayer rather than an individual prayer. This only exalts the person giving the prayer and not God. Jesus was not a politician he spoke about individual reality in Parables. So when we become over weight or get sugar diabetes do we blame God or are we responsible for our own choices? Do we believe others or do we believe Jesus? This analogy applies to all areas of life. If you want to find the truth just use the quote Jesus makes regarding communication and seek and you shall find. Then ask yourself the previous questions to decide where you fit in.
The relationship that Jesus has with everyone is individual and not collective. Because as he says, “For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” Not our neighbors, children, parents, or anyone. How can anyone lose weight or have control of their own diet or life when they are doing what everyone else wants them to do? It is impossible and becomes an internal fight for millions if not billions of people. When praying to God at a meal it should be a moment of silence where each person unites with God in their own way to ask for help with whatever issues they may have and keep it to themselves.
The Prayer Jesus Teaches
Right after this quote on How to Pray, Jesus tells everyone a prayer of unification with God. As I have mentioned before continuity is key to a relationship by understanding Jesus Christ. His prayer is not completely continuous with the quote on prayer. The Lord’s prayer as recorded says “our” making it a collective prayer. Stop and think if you are praying to God how can He provide for you if someone else is praying for a need that may be in opposition to your own need or it may not be applicable to you or does not agree with His principles. The prayer known as the Lord’s Prayer is a perfect prayer uniting each individual with God when the “our” is removed and use “I” and “My” making it your individual relationship and prayer. It then becomes personal even when spoken in a group. Because everyone is addressing their own needs. God can address your needs individually according to His words, but how can he address your needs through someone else and their idealism that does not reflect the principles of Christ as they apply to you. It is impossible.
A book could be written on the importance of an individual relationship with Jesus and not a collective one. The only collective relationship I believe we should ever have with Jesus is as students with a desire to learn How to live life accordingly. By learning we all can grow and become the greatness desired by God. This is done by asking each other selfless questions regarding the principles of Jesus.
Remember when reading any quotes from Jesus, it is important to read them selflessly as a student and a parable to life. In doing this, look for continuity within all quotes and for multiple applications to your life. Please keep in mind my opinions are a reflection of my view of the quotes of Jesus. Reading them as a parable allows everyone the opportunity to digest the content selflessly on their own level.