6 Steps to Connect with God
Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
I’m not sure if there are equivalent words from scriptures from other religions; but these words are true to all people regardless of their religion.
How come our prayers are not heard most of the time? Or at least we “thought” our prayers were not heard.
Analyzing all the teachings of different spiritual leaders, it all boils down to one thing. All prayers are heard by God all the time. Each one of them preaches it in his own way, but it only means the same. All that we ask from God have been given to us all the time without failure. We are just not aware that it has been given to us so we miss to receive it. God doesn’t fail. We do.
For example, some people pray so they can have a healthy body. A healthy body is something that God already given to us. God wouldn’t want our body to be sick and suffer because God himself leaves inside of us. He is living inside all of us; so why He would allow our body being destroyed. In fact, He gives us the power to “feel” our bodies, to understand our bodies. We just need to listen to what it says. If you feel tired, you go and take a rest. If you are hungry, you go and eat. If you feel that you’re stomach is full, do not overeat. Our body is perfect. It was designed by God himself. So if you pray to have a healthy body, the first thing you do is listen to your own body and do appropriate things to keep it in shape. I know this is not a precise example but I’m sure you know what I’m trying to point out.
We are surrounded by abundance from God. He has given us all what we need to enrich our life. We just need to learn how to recognize them. Accept the opportunities. Most of the times, we are not in the right set of mind and emotion to recognize this. This is because of the daily tasks we are into. We are thinking about our jobs, our expenses, and other responsibilities and problems we have in a daily basis. So what can we do to recognize them? Do what “TRUE” spiritual leaders do (regardless of their religion). Each one of them does it in their own way on how to pray and connect with God. I just put them into 6 steps.
Step 1. Calm yourself
Sit in a comfortable and quiet place of your choice. If you are a Catholic like me, start with a sign of the cross. Close your eyes. Relax. Seat there for as long as you want before starting to pray. To be relaxed, think about the current problems you have. Imagine what you can feel if they are resolved already. Know that feeling. Feel right now as if they are gone already. Forget all about the bad feelings. If you are sick and you want God to heal you, think about how you will feel when you are healed already. Remember and have that great feeling throughout the whole exercise.
Step 2. Clear you mind
Stop thinking about everything. Forget your schedule for the day. Forget about the chores you have to finish. Forget about the project deadlines. Forget just about everything. Just remember the wonderful feeling of fulfilment that you will have when your problems are solved. Forget about the problems but keep that good feeling that they are gone already. God’s want you to feel the fantastic gift that He has given to you. For example, if your problem is you don’t have enough money. Feel (don’t think) that you already have the money you need. When I say don’t think, I mean do not worry yourself where you can get that money. Just feel as if you already have it.
Step 3. Feel that God is everywhere. God is within you.
Take a deep breath. Feel that God is in the air that you breathe. Feel that God is inside your whole body. As you exhale, feel that God is in the air that surrounds you. Feel and imagine of the cool air surrounding you. He is everywhere; embracing you and helping you to have the strength and power to have all that you have wanted. Feel that God is talking to you and telling you that He is giving you what you wanted.
Step 4. Talk to God and say I’m sorry. Please forgive me.
You know you have sinned. This is the best time to ask for forgiveness for all the bad things you have done. Ask sincerely for His forgiveness. If you can speak aloud, please do so. Since God is in all of us, ask for His forgiveness of what you have done to other people even if those people were the ones who started the problems. Find in your heart also to forgive them. This is very important. You have to release the feeling of anger to those people. Feel that you give them total forgiveness,
Step 5. Say thank You Lord.
Thank God for all the things that He has given you, even the little good things that He has given. Thank God for all the trials that you have passed. Thank God for the opportunities you learned from those trials. Thank also the people that have forgiven you. Feel that you are sincerely saying thank you.
Step 6. Say I love You Lord.
Have and remember that feeling that you love God. Then say "I love You" to Him. Say it aloud if you can. Keep having this feeling that you are saying sincerely that you love Him as long as you want. Then to keep the permanent feeling of forgiveness for those people that you hate before, have the feeling and imagine vividly that you love them. Also have the feeling of love to your family and friends. Have that feeling for as long as you want, then open your eyes. If you are a Catholic, end it with another sign of the cross.
The exercise of having that “feeling” of love, forgiveness, etc. is the tool of God to empower you to handle difficult things and for you to keep on believing that everything is possible in His name. Keep that “feeling” when you are praying.