Any believer would like to know that his prayers will be heard. Every person has questions and requests to God, in which he believes. But how do you know if they will not remain unanswered? With a high probability, one can find a solution to this question by referring to religious literature and the reasoning of the elders.
Wrong prayers-what are they?
The saints willingly tell us from their own experience about what are the wrong things about asking for God. Ignaty Bryanchaninov believes that the most dangerous way for the spiritual life and moral image of a person of faith is a dream during a prayer for the future. Fantasies about how the social status and attitude towards a person from friends will change after he achieves what he asks for rarely have anything in common with the sacred meaning of Holy Scripture. At such moments instincts and greed obscure spirituality, so prayer will not be heard.
"Obviously, everything that is composed by the dreaminess of our fallen nature, perverted by the fall of nature, does not really exist - there is fiction and lies so characteristic of so many beloved fallen angels. The dreamer, from the first step on the path of prayer, proceeds from the realm of truth, enters the realm of falsehood, into the domain of Satan, submits arbitrarily to the influence of Satan "
Saint Simeon says the same thing: one should not ask for vanity, success and any elevation over the other people in prayers. The soul can be possessed by demons in a particularly intimate, special moment of prayer. The second when it is revealed to God, the worm of doubt in the truth of pure intentions can penetrate into it, pretending to be an angel.
"Thus those who saw light and shining were deceived by these physical eyes, smelling fragrances with their sense of smell, hearing their ears with their ears. Some of them flared up and went over intact from one place to another; others took the demon, transformed into an angel of the light, deceived and remained uncorrected, even to the end, not accepting advice from any of the brethren; some of them, devastated by the devil, killed themselves: others were thrown into the abyss, others were amputated. And who can count the various deceits of the devil, which he deceives and who are inscrutable? "
The sinful thoughts that come to mind during prayer should lead to the idea that the request will not be fulfilled.
"If I saw iniquity in my heart, then the Lord would not hear me"
This is stated in Psalms 65:18. What is meant by lawlessness?
"It means flirting with sinful fantasies; intend to do something, realizing that this is a sin; have in the heart some lawlessness with which we do not wish to part. This may be unforgiveness, hatred or sin, of which you reflect, planning to commit "
When a man becomes angry, he is capable of much, which he will regret later. It would be strange to seek revenge on a just and patient God, but in every church they will be able to recall such petitioners. The prayers for the heavenly penalty for another person will not justify any suffering or sacrifice. Religion teaches forgiveness, so the Lord and the priest will not become accomplices in revenge. From James 4: 3:
"Ask and do not receive, because you ask not good"
Prayer without malicious intent, but uttered without faith, is no less dangerous and useless. It happens that the church is not led by a true desire to follow the Lord, but a habit, instilled by the parents or the second half. Believer such a person is not considered: for him, visiting the temple is one of the unconscious habits. If a person who does not accept religion in his heart, life circumstances lead to the idea of turning to Christ, he will not be heard. The Gospel of Mark 9:23 states:
"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth"
How should a believer behave so that God will hear him?
A good and righteous man the Lord will separate from the crowd of ungodly people with dirty desires and goals. He hears personal prayers, which are always uttered in complete silence. Sincere dreamer religion distinguishes and encourages that he fights temptation and does not want to violate the laws of the universe with negative requests. Talking to God helps a person understand himself and protect himself from self-destruction.
"Divine meetings, heavenly blessings, the ranks of the holy angels, the villages of the saints, in short - collects in imagination everything that he heard in the Divine Scripture, looks at it during prayer, looks to heaven, all this stimulates his soul to the Divine desire and love, sometimes sheds tears and cries. Thus, little by little his heart beats, not understanding it with the mind; he thinks that what he is doing is the fruit of Divine grace for his consolation, and he prays to God to grant him to always remain in this work. This is a sign of charm. Such a person, if he keeps silent about perfect silence, can not be subjected to a rash and madness "
The words of the worshiper, flying from his tongue, are of great importance. There is no point in looking for and buying books with formulas-prayers, compiled by someone many years ago. As a person is unique, so are her requests different from each other. There is not a single religious source saying that only the requests made according to a pre-prepared algorithm are executed. The mind of one who believes in God must constantly work - including the formulation of one's own desires.
"And the LORD said," As this people draws near to me with their mouths, and honors Me with their tongue, their heart is far from Me, and their reverence for Me is the study of the commandments of men "