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A great abuse is carried on with prayer, and for that reason it so often remains ineffective.

Prayer in spirit and in truth.

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You are certainly to pray unceasingly - but these words are only so to be understood that men is to constantly maintain the connection with God; that he is to transfer his whole world of thoughts into the spiritual kingdom; that he has first the interest of the spiritual reshaping at heart that he not just in cases of trouble turns to God for help, but is to completely devote himself to him and recommend to his favour. Read more:

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Prayer in spirit and in truth.

12. May 1953. B.D. NR. 5674

Your prayers are to be no lip prayers, for they do not get through to the ear of the heavenly father, who wants to be called upon in spirit and in truth. You are to speak with him, as a child with its father speaks; you are to come to him full of trust and humbly and present your matter to him; you are to hold dialogue in most simple way, for he only hears, what your heart says to him. For that reason it can never be in his will that you make use of form prayers acquired by study, which just your mouth speaks along, which have no deep meaning and therefore also no value; which make demands on your time, which you can and are to use far better. That prayer, which is sent up in spirit and in truth to the heavenly father, can only exist in a short call, in an intimate thought, with which the connection of the child with the father is established, for he truly knows about all troubles, and he just wants that the child turns to him to grant it help, to be able to fulfil its intimate prayer. A great abuse is carried on with prayer, and for that reason it so often remains ineffective. To be allowed to pray to God is a favour, which cannot be assed high enough that God give the possibility to man, to get into contact with him; that he graciously leans his ear to his creatures, which still stand in far distance from him. It is a favour that men can already decrease the distance from them to God through prayer, because through prayer they express the will to get into contact with him. But it is just too comprehensible that only a prayer in the spirit and in truth establishes the connection; that lip prayers have no power, even so also the intellect is active then and therefore the content of the prayer is pursued mentally but what is only often impossible with form prayers of particular kind. But the heart remains uninvolved, because the heart would resist in the cognition of the emptiness of such prayers. The heart forms other words; it speaks naturally and unaffected with God, whom it recognizes as loving father and whom it therefore asks for help, so it needs help. Also prayers of praise and prize only consist of intimate and rejoicing feeling of thanks, which rises up to the heavenly father. You men consider that God is a spirit of highest perfection; that he can only be worshiped in the spirit and that no deception, no pretence can exist before him; that it would therefore be completely useless to form other words in prayer than the heart feels them. You are certainly to pray unceasingly - but these words are only so to be understood that men is to constantly maintain the connection with God; that he is to transfer his whole world of thoughts into the spiritual kingdom; that he has first the interest of the spiritual reshaping at heart that he not just in cases of trouble turns to God for help, but is to completely devote himself to him and recommend to his favour. For only through constant connection with God can man mature and finally reach the aim of unification with him and be happy.
Amen. B.D. NR. 5674.

 

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