Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Pray Better than a Billionaire and Earn Eternal Spiritual Joy

Good morning, Happy Souls!

Are you feeling motivated this morning? I certainly hope so. I know that I am!

I'm going to address this question from a Christian point of view. If that perspective doesn't interest you, perhaps another of my blog posts will be more helpful to you.

I couldn't find any books or articles about how billionaires pray. My guess would be that most billionaires do pray . . . most people do. I also assume that most billionaires who do pray do so as Christians. After all, a high percentage of billionaires are from countries where most people are Christians.

Clearly, anyone who prays as a Christian has a big edge over those who don't pray, whether they be billionaires or not.

If you simply say the Lord's Prayer once a day, you have accomplished that. Just to remind you of the prayer, here's the version that I say:

"Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not unto temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen."

How else can you pray?

Let me share some ideas that seem to be supported by Scripture as I read the Bible.

1. You can pray for forgiveness as soon as you sin and for the strength to avoid that sin in the future.

God will forgive us, but many of us don't humble ourselves to ask for forgiveness. If you are like me, sinful acts and thoughts slip out before they become part of my consciousness. The only thing to do is acknowledge the sin and move on better equipped to deal with the same circumstance in the future.

2. When you are tempted to sin, ask for God's help to avoid the temptation.

Sometimes the sin is one that you wrestle with for some time before sinning. Let God help you to avoid the sin before you do it!

3. Pray for God's help to do His will.

To some people, God is a little like their idea of Santa Claus. If you want something swell, you just keep asking until you get it. A wealth-focused billionaire might make this mistake. God wants you to put Him first in your life instead.

4. Pray for God to give you capacities to serve Him.

In the entire Old Testament, few people were as blessed by God as Solomon. As we read those parts of the Bible, God specifically says how pleased He was that Solomon prayed for wisdom, rather than riches. Solomon knew that he would have to judge the Hebrews and wanted to do a good job of it from God's point of view. Solomon enjoyed both wisdom and riches . . . while usually basking in God's favor.

5. Pray for Faith.

As Jesus often said, Faith is the key. Some people in the New Testament performed miracles simply because they had Faith. God will help us build our Faith, if only we ask.

6. Pray to God all the time.

The more you keep your focus on God, the better will you perform as His servant. God wants to hear from you. Share your needs and happiness with him as often as you want!

7. Pray to God to thank and praise Him!

Most of us have so many blessings that we cannot begin to remember what they all are. Show your gratitude with prayers of Thanksgiving. It's a wonderful feeling to realize how much God has given you.

8. Pray for increased awareness of ways you can use your special talents.

God has a unique purpose for you that's different from his purposes for anyone else. If you listen to the Holy Spirit within you, you will more often be in tune with that Holy purpose. Ask God to amplify the Holy Spirit's message.

9. Trust God to deliver what you've already prayed for.

Only God knows when the right time is. Many of us are like substitutes on the bench for His spiritual team. At the right time, He will put us into the game. If something you want hasn't happened yet, pray for other resources that will make it more possible. Avoid simply repeating the same prayer request.

10. Pray in new and inspiring places.

The fresher your spirit, the stronger your prayer's influence will have on you. Finding new places to pray can strengthen you spirit in wonderful ways. For example, I find God's natural world more inspiring than any house of worship I've visited. I like to look for new places to seek Him in His cathedral.

Please let me know what else you would like to learn, and I'll do my best to help in future blog entries.

Thanks so much for your support of this blog. I'm delighted that so many tens of thousands of people have made this blog part of their regular reading habit!

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Be More Successful than a Billionaire at http://bemoresuccessfulthanabillionaire.blogspot.com/,

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Enjoy Football Better than a Billionaire at http://enjoyfootballbetterthanabillionaire.blogspot.com/ and

Be a World Hero Better than a Billionaire at http://beaworldherobetterthanabillionaire.blogspot.com/.

May God bless you.

Donald W. Mitchell, Your Dream Concierge

Copyright 2005 Donald W. Mitchell


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