- Mar 7, 2014Dear Members,Here are a few selections from the public domain The Urantia Book on effective praying.Page-997 Enlightened prayer must recognize not only an external and personal God but also an internal and impersonal Divinity, the indwelling Adjuster. It is altogether fitting that man, when he prays, should strive to grasp the concept of the Universal Father on Paradise; but the more effective technique for most practical purposes will be to revert to the concept of a near-by alter ego, just as the primitive mind was wont to do, and then to recognize that the idea of this alter ego has evolved from a mere fiction to the truth of God's indwelling mortal man in the factual presence of the Adjuster so that man can talk face to face, as it were, with a real and genuine and divine alter ego that indwells him and is the very presence and essence of the living God, the Universal Father.Page-998 But prayer need not always be individual. Group or congregational praying is very effective in that it is highly socializing in its repercussions. When a group engages in community prayer for moral enhancement and spiritual uplift, such devotions are reactive upon the individuals composing the group; they are all made better because of participation. Even a whole city or an entire nation can be helped by such prayer devotions. Confession, repentance, and prayer have led individuals, cities, nations, and whole races to mighty efforts of reform and courageous deeds of valorous achievement.Page-1002 9. CONDITIONS OF EFFECTIVE PRAYERIf you would engage in effective praying, you should bear in mind the laws of prevailing petitions:1. You must qualify as a potent prayer by sincerely and courageously facing the problems of universe reality. You must possess cosmic stamina.2. You must have honestly exhausted the human capacity for human adjustment. You must have been industrious.3. You must surrender every wish of mind and every craving of soul to the transforming embrace of spiritual growth. You must have experienced an enhancement of meanings and an elevation of values.4. You must make a wholehearted choice of the divine will. You must obliterate the dead center of indecision.5. You not only recognize the Father's will and choose to do it, but you have effected an unqualified consecration, and a dynamic dedication, to the actual doing of the Father's will.6. Your prayer will be directed exclusively for divine wisdom to solve the specific human problems encountered in the Paradise ascension--the attainment of divine perfection.7. And you must have faith--living faith.Page-1620 Jesus gave the apostles the prayer in collective form as they had prayed it in the Nazareth home. He never taught a formal personal prayer, only group, family, or social petitions. And he never volunteered to do that.Jesus taught that effective prayer must be:1. Unselfish--not alone for oneself.2. Believing--according to faith.3. Sincere--honest of heart.4. Intelligent--according to light.5. Trustful--in submission to the Father's all-wise will.When Jesus spent whole nights on the mountain in prayer, it was mainly for his disciples, particularly for the twelve. The Master prayed very little for himself, although he engaged in much worship of the nature of understanding communion with his Paradise Father.Peace and progress in Spirit and in Father-Son Truth,Brother DaveEach Saturday & Sunday 3PM CST live internet radio show
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