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Old 04-04-2011, 09:28 PM
 
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Is it a one-way communication directed at God (as in a monologue)?

Or is it a two-way communication, to God and from God (as in a dialogue)?

Is prayer primarily about asking for favors and telling God how great and wonderful he is? Is it informal rather than formal, as in telling God about the cute guy/gal you saw today and how you are planning to get to know him/her better? And God, did you hear the one about ____? Or is it more business-like about things you need from him, and about appreciating Him and all he does for you and praising how powerful and mighty and wonderful he is?

How does he respond, directly or indirectly? Does he talk back in a language or symbols that you can understand? Or is it through actions that require interpretation but leave no doubt in one's mind that they are coming from Him and directed at you?

Any other thoughts are also appreciated.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:54 PM
 
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Is it a one-way communication directed at God (as in a monologue)?

Or is it a two-way communication, to God and from God (as in a dialogue)?

Is prayer primarily about asking for favors and telling God how great and wonderful he is? Is it informal rather than formal, as in telling God about the cute guy/gal you saw today and how you are planning to get to know him/her better? And God, did you hear the one about ____? Or is it more business-like about things you need from him, and about appreciating Him and all he does for you and praising how powerful and mighty and wonderful he is?

How does he respond, directly or indirectly? Does he talk back in a language or symbols that you can understand? Or is it through actions that require interpretation but leave no doubt in one's mind that they are coming from Him and directed at you?

Any other thoughts are also appreciated.
The degree of interactivity is determined largely by your right brain sensitivity . . . since our consciousness is the transceiver that establishes a communication link with God between our sub-light level of being and His light-squared level of becoming. All communication is non-verbal (visual, tactile, etc.) and dependent upon our individual sensitivities. Bottom line, though . . . is that whether or not you perceive it as one-way . . . God is definitely participating. Our left brain bias can create roadblocks to perception by its over-dependence on the sensory system, per se.

As to your other questions . . . our relationship with God is entirely personal and individual. I suspect God would enjoy some relief from the constant whining, asking for favors, help, etc. that probably characterizes the usual prayer content. I make a point to relate "positives" eg., jokes, appreciation, casual banter about my life, etc. to strike a balance . . . pretty much the same as with my earthly father (and brother).
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:10 AM
 
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Is prayer a placebo?
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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It's an intimate, personal and sincere conversation with God. Taking time out and making public displays of how you pray is for showing off, and it's pretty creepy in my view.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:43 AM
 
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Prayer doesn't work, but if it makes you feel better, well I guess that is benefit.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:06 PM
 
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It's an intimate, personal and sincere conversation with God. Taking time out and making public displays of how you pray is for showing off, and it's pretty creepy in my view.
I agree in part, but would say,

We are human. God or Creator would be what God is. There is an unavoidable recognition in this distinction while trying to.... or actualizing a communication in motion.

The practice of prayer is the opposite of ....showing off. The closer in comprehension to reality the more the prayer, as has been experienced and written about for centuries.

It is what prayer is.
Therefore, if anything the question in discusion of thread.... highlights the reality of ones
humble understandings .

in all..its a query which can be discussed without pompous self gain if approached within the mature reality of above . I never grow in-curious to this subject because of wondering if theres something that can be shared which opens the door to further consideration . Anyway its an interesting subject with lots of different idea's.

I think a complaint in general to any richness or value in prayer is most admirable. It express's a need & wonder at effecting, quality in existence . Our needs are very interesting.

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Old 04-05-2011, 02:53 PM
 
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Prayer doesn't work, but if it makes you feel better, well I guess that is benefit.
What do you mean it doesn't work? How is it supposed to work?
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:30 PM
 
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What do you mean it doesn't work? How is it supposed to work?
Prayers don't get answered by any God( it can get twisted to the point of saying they were when you prayed to get well and you did, when actually that was just medicine and the bodies ability to heal). If anything they are merely to pacify and make feel better.
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:42 PM
 
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Prayers don't get answered by any God( it can get twisted to the point of saying they were when you prayed to get well and you did, when actually that was just medicine and the bodies ability to heal). If anything they are merely to pacify and make feel better.

Prayer for me has evolved over the years. I feel much more closer to him as I grow older, and I feel in closer contact with him. He gave me a great vision just last night. He is like a Father to me. He nags me to do things in a safe way. He loves me. I love it when he gets angry with me. His anger expressed towards me like a Father would a child is him communicating with me. I need for him to reap my soul. Some of the most powerful prayers are when you are in a very deep state of mourning. A state of spiritual death where you are at one with the deity of Christ. I reccomend public mourning to be sure. Very powerful praying in that state of mind.
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:47 PM
 
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Prayer for me has evolved over the years. I feel much more closer to him as I grow older, and I feel in closer contact with him. He gave me a great vision just last night. He is like a Father to me. He nags me to do things in a safe way. He loves me. I love it when he gets angry with me. His anger expressed towards me like a Father would a child is him communicating with me. I need for him to reap my soul. Some of the most powerful prayers are when you are in a very deep state of mourning. A state of spiritual death where you are at one with the deity of Christ. I reccomend public mourning to be sure. Very powerful praying in that state of mind.
Like I said, what ever makes you feel better. I think you are interpreting dreams as something they are not.
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