ADDoration Ministries
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
God is SO GOOD; although I have ADD.

Prayer

PRAYER

A Prayer is essentially communication with God. Express to God what you praise God for, what you are thankful for (thanksgiving), what you desire for yourself, and what you desire for friends, relatives, and acquaintances. Prayer for our leaders, i.e., president of United States, congress, church leaders, pastors, and world leaders is prayer also. You can even express to God what you feel is lousy, an example being Psalm 22. Where is God -- Psalm 42 expresses that.

Romans 8:26 "Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words."

Prayer doesn't need any pious language. Decades ago, many people seemed to think that prayers must be in King James lingo, with "thine," "thou," and verbs ending with "eth." With today's modern Bible translations, people today realize that everyday language suffices. Pray as you speak in ordinary conversation; however swear words would offend God.

Perhaps you feel that prayers must be like the pastor's prayer during Sunday morning worship. You don't have to match the pastor's manner of praying. The pastor is a professional with seminary training.

Prayer isn't necessarilly with head bowed and eyes closed. Meditative times are prayer too.

PRAYER IS EXCELLENT SELF-DISCIPLINE

A Christian follows Jesus. If you never communicate with Jesus, then how can you say that you follow him? For this reason, prayer is an integral part of a personal relationship with Jesus.

Some people only pray when they want something or when they need healing. Of course, prayer is advisable when situations are bad. But also pray when situations are good. Praise God when situations are good and thank God. Thanksgiving is an important part of prayer. Praise and thanksgiving are also in order when situations are bad. At least, thank God that situations are not rock bottom.

So you say that you are not so great a prayer warrior. Humility is a good trait. Above I quoted Paul in Romans that we don't how to pray like we ought to. Jesus welcomes not so polished prayers. Remember that Jesus associated with sinners, such as tax collectors and harlots.

Suggestion -- join the prayer chain of your church. A prayer chain would give you specific things to pray for. Participating in the prayer chain will help you with the discipline. A prayer chain can also be fellowship. Remember that it isn't all up to you, because other prayer chain participants are praying too. The facilitator of the prayer chain would be glad to hear from you. The ultimate reward of a prayer chain is that you hear about miraculous results of the prayers.

When I was invited to join the church prayer chain, my response at first was that I am not so good at prayer. But the prayer chain facilitator (also the pastor's wife) said some positive encouraging things to me. So I then joined the prayer chain.

IS THERE ANY USE FOR EASTERN MEDITATION?

Many ADD authorities advocate eastern meditation techniques to calm the ADD/ADHD mind. That is why I bring up this topic at all. Anybody advocating eastern meditation doesn't have much of a commitment to Jesus. There are anti-prayer traps with eastern meditation.

For one thing, TM, Hinduism, and Buddhism are not Christianity.

I grant you that prayer does have a meditation component. The meditation is for the purposes of getting quiet and calming the frazzled mind. Prayer also can calm the ADD/ADHD mind.

So is there any use for eastern meditation techniques in prayer? As a short answer, some of the meditation techniques can be a tool for prayer; however the danger is that eastern meditation can be worshipped. If any Christian uses eastern meditation at all, think of it as a tool and not The Lord himself.

Being quiet certainly is a tool for prayer. Eyes closed is a prayer tool. Feet flat on floor, helps some people. As for any mantra, here again it can be a tool. A good mantra can be, "God is so good, all the time." An alternative mantra can be, "God answers prayers." Hum or sing a favorite hymn or Gospel music song.

If the tools don't help you, then don't use them.

The anti-Christian danger is that the meditation techniques can become the object of worship. If that happens, the person has strayed away from Christianity.

PRAYER IS LISTENING TOO

The common image of prayer is gimme this and gimme that. In other words, that is the person speaking to God. When prayer is praise or thanksgiving, that too is the person speaking to God. Prayer that is only speaking to God -- something is missing.

Prayer is communication with God. But communication is a two way street. Communication also travels from God to the person.

I have heard God tell me to do things. Solutions to problems have come from God. Also scripture meanings and insights have come to me from God. For that matter, scriptures might come to mind.

For instance this ministry's name, ADDoration Ministries, came from God. I felt God say to me that the word "adoration" is spiritual, so put in an extra "D" to get in the "ADD." Since then clergy have commended me for the name. This web site now has an easy to remember domain name, addoration.com. It was also God that the domain name wasn't taken when I registered it.

God also communicates through other people. Other people can encourage, and they can warn to beware of something. You face a problem, and then days later another person suggests a solution.

BALANCE IS DESIRED IN PRAYER.

The Lord desires a balance in prayer. Focusing is very much a challenge with ADD, and that applies to prayer too. However you don't want to be so focused that you shut off any listening to God. Pray for that balance, but most of all pray for the Holy Spirit.

SPIRITUAL HEALINGS

Do I believe in spiritual healing? Yes, I do. Healing miracles are very common, and they happen every day. It frequently happens that cancer patients hear the report that doctors no longer find any cancer in them. Heart disease healings are common too. Very often, the reason for the healing is that some persons were praying for them. Perhaps the church's prayer chain prayed for them. Denomination is irrelevant, because healings happen in all denominations.

James 5:13-16 "Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective."

Healing worship services are common in churches of all denominations. How the healing happens, I don't know much about that. I have detected that healing worship services commonly focus on Jesus's nature. To focus on Jesus does have a healing effect. Feeling God's presence is effective. That's the Holy Spirit.

If you don't know of any church with healing worship services, ask around. I do know that healing worship services are common in Roman Catholic churches (and you don't have to be Catholic). United Methodist healing worship services are increasingly common. My sense is that all denominations today have healing worship services.

Suppose the sick person died instead? Healing doesn't always mean being cured. Death is another way that God sometimes heals. God answered those prayers by relieving them of their suffering, plus the person has gone to a better place in heaven above. God sometimes decides that the worn out and run down machine isn't worth fixing any more. Still it is difficult for the survivors.

Perhaps you ask about healing from ADD. In view of the positives of ADD, you don't want healing from that. Instead pray for God to help you compensate for ADD. Pray for God to use you in a way that capitalizes on the positives of ADD.

JESUS'S EXAMPLE OF A PRAYER
THE LORD'S PRAYER

The Lord's Prayer might seem to be words spoken in church but without meaning -- especially to the ADD'er with a distractible mind. However in truth, The Lord's Prayer is beautiful with much meaning, if you really focus on it.

The disciples requested that Jesus teach them to pray. So Jesus spoke The Lord's prayer as an example.

Traditional King James Version of The Lord's Prayer:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: 
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Eugene Peterson's The Message version of The Lord's Prayer:
Our Father in heaven
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right
Do what's best -- as above, so below
Keep us alive with three square meals
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil
You're in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You're ablaze in beauty!
Yes yes yes

In studying The Lord's prayer, you see a quantity of elements that ought to be prayers. God is addressed and then he is respected. Pray for God's will to be done. Supply us with our basic needs (food being one of them). Forgive our sins, but help us to forgive other people. Be with us, when we face temptation.

A stumbling point for some people is whether the local church (during Lord's Prayer during Sunday morning worship) says "Forgive us our debts," "trespasses," or "sins." Debt means to owe money. Trespass means to illegally enter somebody's property. But that is literal use of words. "Debts" or "trespasses" is because of denominational traditions. The spiritual definition of both "debt" and "trespass" essentially means sin.

BEAR IN MIND ABOUT PRAYER

Matthew 6:5-6 “And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you."

That is don't make a public display of your praying. That would be seeking human approval, which is vain.

Matthew 6:8 "your Father knows what you need before you ask him. "

Although your Father knows what you need before you ask him, prayer is still worthwhile. Prayer gets you in sync with your Father.

God sometimes answers prayers with "No." God knows what is best for you. If you ask God for whatever isn't in your best interests, then God answers differently. Prayer then changes you instead of the situation. That is your attitude might be changed.

God sometimes answers prayers differently than expected. You prayed for solution number two, but God answers with solution number three. That God answered that prayer differently than you had expected and differently than you imagined. God works in strange ways.

Romans 8:28 "We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose."

Mark 11:24 "Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."

Mark 11:24 says that you need faith to believe, when you pray. If you believe that prayer never works, then of course prayer won't be answered.

PAUL'S WORDS TO THE PHILIPPIANS ABOUT BENEFITS OF PRAYER

Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

King James Version of verse 7 is often quoted, "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

That is the peace that passeth understanding. We cannot explain that peace, because it passes understanding. When you don't worry, but instead pray, and then that peace comes along. And don't forget the thanksgiving.

Below are two more Phillipians 4 verses about very common reasons for prayer.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through him who strengthens me."

Philippians 4:19 "And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus."

I wish you the best in your challenges of prayer, and you will find rich benefits in answered prayers.

<*(((>< your ADD brother in the Risen Christ,
Lester Hemphill
Founder of ADDoration Ministries