Gnostic Doctrine

Sunday, 16 May 2021

How to Pray

How to Pray?




In this study we will look at the word pray and the practice of praying
Meaning of Prayer
The English term prayer is from Medieval Latin: precaria, lit. 'petition, prayer'. The Vulgate Latin is oratio, which translates Greek προσευχή in turn the Septuagint translation of Biblical Hebrew תְּפִלָּה tĕphillah.

Pray means both a intercession and a invocation (from the Latin verb invocare "to call on, invoke, to give")
What is Prayer?
Prayer is communion between man and God. This communion takes place in the innermost part of man's being. It is the only way to cleanse and perfect the consciousness and thus permanently heal the body.

There is no communion with Him at present, in the true sense of the term. Communion is a mutual and reciprocal act between two friends. It is not communion if all the talk or all the letter-writing is on one side. What men call communing with God in nature is only the contemplation of the greatness and the wisdom of His works -- which is far from being a profitless exercise, but still it is not of the nature of communion,
and is apt to be a vacuous and wearisome effort for mortal mind. What is wanted is response from God to what we say or think, like a father's answers to his children's prattle as they walk through the woods. This could be, for God is everywhere present in the fullness of His universe-filling spirit. It will be yet, for God has promised it. But it is not now, for reasons which man is slow to appreciate.

prayer is an act of faith which brings the worshipper into the very presence of Yahweh.

Prayer is communion with Yahweh. It is the most personal act of worship in which we can engage. What is worship? The word is derived from the Anglo-Saxon worth-ship: placing "worth" into something. Effective prayer, therefore, is an act of worth-ship, for it testifies to the value that we place on God. It witnesses to this in various ways.

Firstly, Prayer expresses our faith in the existence of Yahweh. It indicates our awareness of Him as a living Personality. Prayer is not acceptable in the absence of such a virile faith. Paul declared: "He that cometh to God must believe that He is (Heb. 11:6). This is a first-principal of acceptable worship.

Prayer is more than supplication.

These are the seven necessary conditions for true prayer:

- God should be recognized as Father.
- Oneness with God should be acknowledged.
- Prayer must be made within, in "the secret place" (Psalms 91).
- The door must be closed on all thoughts and interests of the outer world.
- The one who prays must believe that he has received.
- The kingdom of God must be desired above all things, and sought first.
- The mind must let go of every unforgiving thought.

prayer, chamber of--"Enter into thine inner chamber and . . . shut thy door" (Matt. 6:6). The inner chamber is the "secret place of the Most High" (Psalms 91:1). It is the very depths of a man's consciousness. To enter it is to turn the attention from the without to the within. To "shut thy door" is to still the senses and close the mind against every disturbing exterior thought.

Prayer is the most highly accelerated mind action known. It steps up mental action until man's consciousness synchronizes with the Christ Mind. It is the language of spirituality; when developed it makes man master in the realm of creative ideas.
How to pray
Address God as "Father in Heaven" or "Heavenly Father."

Thank Him for the things for which you are grateful.

Ask Him for what you need.

Jesus is the Mediator between us and Heavenly Father, so end your prayer by saying, "In the name of Jesus Christ, amen."
The Posture Of Prayer
How should we set about praying? Should we stand, kneel, sit, recline, or prostrate ourselves upon the ground?

Some prayed with hands uplifted like the ascending cloud of incense (Exod. 9:33; Ps. 28:2; 1 Tim. 2:8). Others stood in respect (Mark 11:25). David sat meditatively (2 ,Sam. 7:8). Daniel kneeled in humility (Dan. 6:10; cp. Eph. 3:14). Ezekiel and Christ prostrated themselves in excess of feeling (Ezek. 9:8; 11:13; Matt. 26:39).

Hands




The stretching out of the hands is an ancient Christian custum for praying 

1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that the men pray in every place, lifting up pious hands, without wrath or reasoning. (Darby Bible Translation)

This is also seen in the Odes of Solomon

Ode 27 
I extended my hands and hallowed my Lord, 
For the expansion of my hands is His sign. Ex 13:2,9,16 
And my extension is the upright cross.
Hallelujah. (Odes of Solomon)

Ode 42 
I extended my hands and approached my Lord, for the expansion of my hands is His sign. 
And my extension is the upright cross, that was lifted up on the way of the Righteous One. (Odes of Solomon)

Therefore believers  should  ‘lift up pious hands in prayer. (Ex 9:33 1Ki 8:22 ¶ 1Ki 8:38 2Ch 6:12 2Ch 6:13 Ezr 9:5 )
Individual prayers
Individual prayers are independent of ritual injunction or priestly regulation. They are voluntary and spontaneous.
Jerusalem
Daniel 6:10 But Daniel, as soon as he knew that the writing had been signed, entered into his house, and, the windows in his roof chamber being open for him toward Jerusalem, even three times in a day he was kneeling on his knees and praying and offering praise before his God

Pray this three times each day.

True believers are to pray the Lord's Prayer 3 times a day not the prayers of Christendom, some think that the hypocrites refer to the Jews but the word hypocrite refers to those who claim to be Christ's but are not they are impostors

We are warned not to fast with these impostors or pray with them; I do not think they are Jews because the two fasts and the three times of prayer are modelled on Jewish customs


But I myself went up to Jerusalem, praying that I might obtain a portion among the beloved, who will be made manifest. (The Apocryphon of James)

When they heard this, they believed the revelation, but they were angry about those who would be born. Not wishing to give them reason to take offense, I sent each of them to a different location. I myself went up to Jerusalem, praying that I might acquire a share with the loved ones who are to come. (The Apocryphon of James)

83. [The saints] are those who pray [always for] Jerusalem [and love] Jerusalem; they [are already in] Jerusalem (and¹) they see [Jerusalem now.] These are called ‘the saints of the holinesses’. (Gospel of Philip, ¹asyndeton; Ps 122:6Rev/Ap 21:10hyperlinear)

The Gospel of Philip tells us to pray for Jerusalem

A varied symbolism is traditionally connected with the East: Essenians, Ebionites and Early Christians used to pray towards the East, apparently in expectation of the Messiah.

Gnostic Gospel
Those who sow in winter reap in summer. The winter is the world, the summer the other Aeon (eternal realm). Let us sow in the world that we may reap in the summer. Because of this, it is fitting for us not to pray in the winter. Summer follows winter. But if any man reap in winter he will not actually reap but only pluck out, since it will not provide a harvest for such a person. It is not only [...] that it will [...] come forth, but also on the Sabbath [...] is barren

The reference to prayer presents some difficulty, since it is difficult to see any connection; but both Clement [Strom. vii. 41 (Prodicus)] and Origen (de Orat. v. 1) speak of Gnostics who rejected prayer, and reference may also be made to the Gospel of Thomas (log. 6 and 14). Thomas rejects such Jewish observances as prayer, fasting, the giving of alms, and circumcision, even although there are elements which have been claimed to show a Jewish-Christian background; Philip on the other hand, appears to consider Judaism as a stage now past.


"Because of this, it is fitting for us not to pray in the winter." that is in corruption – for the earthly things (desires of the flesh)].

one must pray “in spirit and in truth” so if you are still a “natural man” your prayers have little effect but to “move” your mother to guide you into truth and thank Father that the holy spirit intercedes for us while in this state!.


O you outcasts and fugitives, woe to you, for you will be caught! Or do you perhaps think that the Father is a lover of mankind, or that he is won over without prayers, or that he grants remission to one on another's behalf, or that he bears with one who asks? (James)








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