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Old 03-20-2016, 03:02 PM
 
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I'm sorry to hear you're struggling with prayer and having an open heart toward God. It is something I struggle with. "...Turn me Lord, and I will be turned..." (Jer 31:18). Only God can open our hearts to him, we must pray for his mercy to do so unto us. You keep your eyes on Jesus by taking them off yourself. Stop feeling guilty about what you have or have not done or how you feel toward God; it is a great trick of the devil to make us feel loaded down by guilt when there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God, even though we may not feel that way at times.

Fix your eyes upon Jesus by considering his finished work when you think your heart isn't open toward God. Pray for God's mercy to make you feel this way more. You may be experiencing spiritual desertion which makes up unable to feel God's presence. Trust in his word and not your feelings. God has promised to always be with you; though you may not feel he is there, lean upon his written word instead of what you feel.




I'm not sure what that is. I'm familiar with the means of grace as a way of increasing faith: prayer, reading God's word, fellowship with Christians and taking part in the sacraments.

Another good post

His final words of advice have always been "turn on to me and I will turn on to you".
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Old 03-20-2016, 03:23 PM
 
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Another good post

His final words of advice have always been "turn on to me and I will turn on to you".
Can you share your experience of this to Djmagnum ? . I believe God is incessantly turned on to us but most of the time we are either deaf or blind to it. It's our Heavenly Father who "Always" goes the extra mile, as an example to us.

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Old 03-20-2016, 03:27 PM
 
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Talk to God all day and when you wake up at night , and then repent of sins and ask God to open a way to help you for a start ........ Try to forgive Christians and leaders and anyone that you may have ought against ........ Sow an offering of charity to Jesus , to the work of Jesus ........If the leader of your church are critics of the salvation of Jesus by His authorship then you should change churches .....God will lead you in when He sees your faith
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Old 03-20-2016, 03:38 PM
 
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Stop focussing on your relationship with God and look at the people around you. Are there people who could use a little help and encouragement that you could provide? Do you feel a kinship with them? Get out of yourself and give God room to come in.
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:34 PM
 
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What does this mean for you. How do we keep our eyes on Jesus. When I pray it feels like words hitting the ceiling. How can I open up my heart instead of this misery being separated from him. How do I open my heart, I keep praying but nothing works.


And also what are steps of faith? What does that mean. Thank you
Yes, pray where there is no ceiling so they won't hit the ceiling.

I don't know where you get the idea one has to "open one's heart in prayer." Are you expecting some sort of two-way audible communication? That's not going to happen.

We pray to align our will with God's will just as Jesus did in the garden prior to His crucifixion "Not my will but Thine be done!"
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:45 PM
 
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"From the believers heart shall flow rivers of living water."
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:47 PM
 
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I don't open my heart to God, I don't believe in that.
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:47 PM
 
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Yes, pray where there is no ceiling so they won't hit the ceiling.

I don't know where you get the idea one has to "open one's heart in prayer." Are you expecting some sort of two-way audible communication? That's not going to happen.

We pray to align our will with God's will just as Jesus did in the garden prior to His crucifixion "Not my will but Thine be done!"
Gods will is that he is always available in times of trouble. The trouble is this world we live in. Oxoxo
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Old 03-20-2016, 07:30 PM
 
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Can you share your experience of this to Djmagnum ? . I believe God is incessantly turned on to us but most of the time we are either deaf or blind to it. It's our Heavenly Father who "Always" goes the extra mile, as an example to us.
I am going to edit my reply caring to err on the side of caution if indeed I do err

I think the best example of Him not accepting me in my then current condition is recorded in my blogs own when I died but even though my name was in the book of life I was not allowed into heaven but was sent back albeit given a chance so when I stand in judgement again something my be said for my benefit.

However, although the walk back to where I belonged was not a walk in the park, eventually I was welcomed back, a ring placed on my finger and new garments issued to this prodigal son.

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Old 03-20-2016, 07:34 PM
 
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Yes I can but I do not see where my own prior personal life, repentance, and walk with God is (other than my current walk) any of your business or anyone else here.


Fair enough?
A simple, no, would have sufficed.
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