Prayer 101: Invoking the Presence of God

Prayer is a faith act in which we expand our consciousness into the Universal presence of God. There are various forms of prayer, including intercessory, supplicative or affirmative. Meditation is a solitary form of prayer in which we look inward to connect to the indwelling presence of God. Our prayers can be an intimate conversation with our Creator in which we ask God to create alignment and make changes to circumstances and conditions in and around us. Prayer can be as simple as a random utterance of: “Bless you” after someone sneezes, or as elaborate as fasting, with ritual purification with spoken and written petitions to God. The request to get God’s support to achieve a specific outcome can be traced to the beginnings of human history. From the Druids to the Rosicrucians, every people and every spiritual tradition have rituals involving communication between humans and a Supreme Being.

In Matthew 6: 9-13, Jesus instructed his Disciples to:
“9 Pray after this manner: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. “

This prayer is but a basic request that God support us in lifting our Earthly condition and in pursuing the necessities of life and revelation of truth.

ANATOMY OF AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER

Matthew 21:22- And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

The Salutation
Every prayer, much like a letter, begins with a salutation to the audience. Because God can be all things to all people, it is appropriate to tailor the salutation to your traditions and beliefs. Father God, Mother Goddess, Creator, Great Spirit, Source or any combination thereof is appropriate to open your prayer.
The Address
The address of a prayer sets the tone of the conversation. You open the conversation with God by expressing your attitude and stance toward your relationship to him/her. My personal style includes the statement: “Dear Lord, we come to You with love and with gratitude.” By setting the intentional space, you are opening your soul and stepping into a place of open communication and mutuality with God.
The Request
Because the nature of God is to exist in any and all forms, it is beneficial to request that the Holy Spirit of God be present within the intentional space you create. Simply asking God to “Draw near with the Holy Spirit” will invoke the Universal presence in a powerful way. This request also activates the God presence within you. The love of God is infinitely powerful, and He wants to pour an unlimited stream of blessings into your life. One expression of this love is through the work of the Angels and Archangels of heaven. The Archangels Metatron, Michael, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, Chamuel and many others were created by God to assist us in our journey through the Earth realm. When you invoke their presence and ask them to help, they always show up.
Subject Matter
What are you praying for? Money? Companionship? Health? Good grades? Perhaps you are asking for a blessing on behalf of another person. The nature of your request will inform the decision on which angel to request assistance from, or which name of God to invoke. For instance, the Archangel Raphael is the angel of healing. His name means: “God heals” This corresponds to an Old Testament name for God: Jehovah Rapha. “I am the Lord Your Physician or I am the Lord Your Healer” – God spoke this name about Himself in Exodus 15:26. Angelic names and the names of God carry power, so use them in your prayers.
If your life were a Hollywood action movie, and you could call the most powerful being in the Universe to your side, what would be its name? The Bible is just one of the world’s sacred texts, but it contains many names for God which correspond to aspects of our human experience. Studying and using the various names of God is a primary element of effective prayer.

The Eight Redemptive Names of God
JEHOVAH-JIREH
“The Lord our provider” – This is also the name Abraham gave to the place where the Lord provided a sacrifice in place of Isaac. (Gen. 22:14).
JEHOVAH-NISSI
“Our banner, a banner of love and protection” – Also the name Moses gave to the altar he built after defeating the Amalekites (Ex. 17:15).
JEHOVAH-SHALOM
“Our perfect peace” – Also the name Gideon gave to the altar he built at Ophrah (Judges 6:24)
JEHOVAH-TSID-KENU
“The Lord is our righteousness” – The name is applied to a future Davidic king who would lead his people to do what is right and thus bring peace (Jeremiah 23:6) and to the restored city of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 33:16).
JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH
“The One Who is with us everywhere for He is Omnipresent” – The Jerusalem of Ezekiel’s vision (see Ezekiel 48:35 margin) was known by this name. Compare text at Isaiah 60:19-20 and Revelation 21:3.
JEHOVAH-SABAOTH
“The Lord of Hosts, our Protector.” C.H. Spurgeon said this about the phrase “The Lord of Hosts:
The Lord rules the angels, the stars, the elements, and all the hosts of Heaven; and the Heaven of heavens is under His sway… [The Lord] is on our side — our august Ally; woe unto those who fight against Him, for they shall flee like smoke before the wind when He gives the word to scatter them.” See text at Psalm 46:7.
JEHOVAH-RAAH
“Our Shepherd Who tenderly leads us, loves us and will keep us safe.” – The famous Psalm 23 tells us that “The Lord is our Shepherd and we shall not want….” Being illustrated as a shepherd implies a relationship with His sheep (His believers). The term shepherd appears approximately 80 times in the Scriptures, denoting meanings of: feeder, keeper, companion, friend, pastor and herdsman.

JEHOVAH RAPHA
“I am the Lord Your Physician or I am the Lord Your Healer – this name especially was a Name God prophetically spoke about Himself, not one that someone gave Him. Exodus 15:26.

THE CLOSING

Working through the elements of a prayer and combining them to manifest change is brought to life by the sincerity and emotion behind the words you speak. Your belief, passion and strength of conviction are the driving force that allows your prayer to reach the mind and heart of God. Understand that the truth of God’s love can be felt through your entire being…you just have to be open and receptive. Regardless of your faith tradition, or what you call God, true reverence is an understanding that your open heart is the pathway God uses to create a new reality around you. That said, the idea of praying in the name of Jesus arises from his statement in John 15:16:
“16: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”

TYPES OF PRAYER

Affirmative Prayer
An affirmative prayer is a conscious and intelligent use of that part of us that is Spirit.
“The conscious mind of man is that part of, or unity with, the Supreme Spirit which enables man to be an individual unit, separate in identity without becoming separated from, the Whole Spirit of God, the Whole Mind of God. Without this conscious mind of man in an individualized state God, or the Spirit, would have no independent offspring, therefore God would not be completely expressed.” – Ernest Holmes

I Support the Complete Expression of God-by Carmien Owen
There is one perfect, Eternal Spirit. I am an individualized expression of Spirit, separate in identity, and yet a part of this Whole Mind of God.
I celebrate my knowing of that which enables me to be an individual and yet inseparable from Spirit. I am free to express through my choices, and I choose love. My thoughts dwell upon faith and becoming that which is surging through and as me. I celebrate the reminders of truth that beckon through the ups and downs to life, and that invite me to remember God. I see Oneness through every person and experience, and celebrate that each apparent up or down is my invitation to activate a Universal Field of Unconditional Love. I am inspired to right thought, word and deed in each moment. I celebrate my opportunity to support the complete expression of God.
With a deep sense of gratitude I release these words, impressing them upon the Mind of the One, knowing that it is already done. And so it is. Courtesy of Archives for Affirmative Prayers » Know the Flow – Inspiring people to awaken to their spiritual magnificence.

Intercessory Prayer
Intercession is prayer that asks God to support your needs or the needs of others.
1 Timothy 2:1
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and GIVING OF thanks, be made for all men.

God, we come to You with love and with gratitude for the life of Yolanda, asking that You draw near to her right now with the Holy Spirit and the Angelic Host. Father we ask that you enter Yolanda’s circulatory system and brain stem to restore the fluid balance within each blood vessel and capillary. God please establish perfect stasis and normal cerebral blood flow so that her brain tissue is able to recover from any injury. We know that You are the Divine Healer, the Jehovah Rapha, and we stand on Your word right now as expressed in Exodus 15:26 “I am the Lord Your Physician or I am the Lord Your Healer. Father, allow the miracles to unfold according to Your Divine plan. These things we pray in the name and the essence of Jesus. Amen.

Prayers of Supplication
A prayer of supplication is a formal request addressed to a higher power.
PHILIPPIANS 4:6

6 Fret not about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.
God, we come to the throne of grace, conscious of Your sovereign authority and power over every aspect of Quincy’s life, asking that You send the Holy Spirit and the Angelic Host to lift him out of turmoil and controversy. Lord please create conscious understanding of the teachings that unfold in Your plan for his life. Father in Ephesians 3:13 Paul wrote: “I ask you not to be discouraged.” Allow Quincy to so rapidly grow in Your light, Your love and Your word, that he is promoted and lifted into new responsibilities and new opportunities for personal development. Father, give him all that he needs to fulfill and surpass the potential You have invested in him according to the Divine order You have laid out. These things we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
If we can be consistently motivated by Faith and belief in the love of God, and our oneness with All there Is, our prayer practice can be a positive force of good in our own lives and the lives of everyone around us. The vitality of our prayers allows for spiritual expansion and strength as we walk the path of life in the Earthly journey.

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