When I pray, it feels like I am thinking, or just talking out loud, but not to God. I know that he can and does hear me, because he responded many times, but I feel so frustrated.With what "senses" are we to experience these things? Surely, it is not of the "flesh". How can we taste, see, hear, feel, and lay hold upon eternal life?
If this was not true than why say them? This is for us today, not someday. As the Apostle Paul tells us in the book of Hebrews.
Heb 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Heb 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Exercising our "spiritual senses" is a must in becoming a mature Christian, and receiving strong meat of God's Word!!!
Psa 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Heb 2:8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
I think that one of the reasons why it feels so insincere is because I always pray at specific times, like in the morning when I wake up, before I eat, right before and after I read the Bible each day, and before I go to sleep.You do not pray to your feelings .
Prayer can be very painful .Like giving birth.
I don't think Jesus in the garden felt great while he prayed . But im sure he was satisfied at the end of his travail for the certainty of an answered prayer .
If your prayers feel insincere . Make sure that they are not or that you are not going through the 'motions' and ritual of prayer.
Take time to enter the presence of God as you would as entering the tabernacle made with hands .
Don't rush in like children and rush out again . or knock on the door and run away .
The tabernacle has many lessons in it.
The outer court is the body.
The Holy place is the mind.
and the Holy of holies is the heart .
each in its turn has to be in its right attitude and place.
Prayer is not primarily an intellectual matter .Though the mind is not 'dead' or not used .
But every thought be brought into subjection to the mind of Christ .
Before you went into the Holy place and presence of God you had first to wash your hands (work) and feet(walk) put off day to day cloths and put on priestly rainment .
We are called to put off the old man and put on Christ .
THEN we may enter .
and let us not be surprised that when we do the devil will not accuse us .
"But we come to the blood that speaks better things than the blood of Abels"
We have then in the presence of God one who speaks far better than we and on our behalf.
Not of condemnation judgment as of Abels .
But of redemption and acceptance and Sonship as of the lords blood.
On THAT basis and that alone we can then come boldly into the presence of God.
and dismiss any other claim of our own .
When I pray, it feels like I am thinking, or just talking out loud, but not to God. I know that he can and does hear me, because he responded many times, but I feel so frustrated.
Just you saying that makes me feel more frustrated. My prayers feel so uniformed. I always pray at specific times of day, and it is getting old to me. Also, whenever I do pray, it feels like I am just thinking, or talking out loud. I try to make my prayers short and sweet, getting to the point, because Jesus says in the Bible not to have long prayers.I'm not sure what you mean.
Praying feels like Love, waves of Love going through me. I can't really explain it but it is very real and intense.
Practice makes perfect: the more you pray, the better it gets.
Just you saying that makes me feel more frustrated. [...]
I will keep praying.Just keep praying, no matter what. I guess everyone is different but, believe me, no prayer is ever wasted.
Like I said, practice makes perfect. Do it slowly, take your time and reflect on every word you say.
In my case, I find that praying in church is much more intense. And because I'm a Catholic, I pray the Rosary everyday with many brothers and sisters: it's wonderful!
You have to feel like you are getting through to Him or you are very likely not getting through to Him.
I will keep praying.