What happens when you pray?
Is there some kind of special activity going on
within your head? Can God really hear you?
The human brain is the most remarkable object known to man. I've included a couple videos to illustrate that point. They're below in this article. If you are reading this on a computer you can click on the videos and watch them when you come to them. But first, I'd like to tell you about a few things.
If you are alive, then there is a constant light show going within your brain. Brain cells clustered in different regions of your brain are constantly firing electronic impulses at different frequencies. New pathways are constantly being created between trillions of cells. Each time you have a new experience a new pathway is created representing the pathway of a memory. To remember any specific event, you merely begin to think about it and an electronic impulse is sent back along the appropriate pathway and viola ..... you remember the event.
Attaching electrodes to a person's skull allows scientists to watch the light show inside one's head. These pulses of electricity are manifested on a screen as variations of light shifting back and forth from region to region. These are what this article is named for .... the lights in one's head, head lights.
This electrical activity represents your thoughts. It is information .... language.
A human brain is a transmitter. When you pray, you are constructing specific thoughts. A light show representing your concerns, desires or just conversation with God. You have created something that He can receive and analyze. If anyone can understand the meaning of a light show, it's God.
In referring to God, James said this:
"Every good gift and every perfect gift
is from above, and cometh down from
the Father of lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning."
However, God won't hear all prayers. Attitudes and emotions affect our thought process. If we think of God as some magical "Genie", there only to grant wishes, or respond to requests born out of vanity ..... He will not hear us.
"Surely God will not hear vanity,
neither will the Almighty regard it."
Through the prophet Isaiah, God has given instruction on what we need to do in order to be heard.
"And when ye spread forth your hands,
I will hide mine eyes from you:
yea, when ye make many prayers,
I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
Wash you, make you clean;
put away the evil of your doings from
before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
Learn to do well; seek judgment,
relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless,
plead for the widow.
Come now, and let us reason together,
saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson,
they shall be as wool."
The breakdown in communication does not originate with God. It's our way of life that can set up barriers to communication so that our prayers aren't even noticed. It's not that He hears us, but answers with a "no". They just simply go no higher than our own heads to begin with. They don't get His attention.
However, the opposite of this is true. If a person has the right frame of mind, the right attitude and outlook on life; if they express an interest in a lifestyle like God does, they catch his attention.
These things affect one's brain waves.
In electronics there is such a thing as an "enabling pulse". It is used to activate a circuit designed to perform some task, but just sets there dormant until an electronic pulse activates it.
"Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened,
that it cannot save; neither his ear
heavy, that it cannot hear:
But your iniquities have separated
between you and your God,
and your sins have hid his face from you,
that he will not hear."
" Ye ask, and receive not,
because ye ask amiss, that ye may
consume it upon your lusts."
Living the way of "get" turns things off. Contrasted to that, living the way of "give", meaning genuine concern for others, is God's way. It turns things on, enabling our prayers to be heard.
As powerful and wealthy as God is, here is the kind of person that catches His attention:
Isaiah 66: 1-2:
"Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool:
where is the house that ye build unto me?
and where is the place of my rest?
For all those things hath mine hand made,
and all those things have been, saith the LORD:
but to this man will I look, even to him that is
poor and of a contrite spirit,
and trembleth at my word."
So the next time you pray consider these things that you might be heard. And believe in prayer, for something very tangible is happening. Your brain truly is a transmitter.
To have effective prayer follow these easy steps:
1) Adjust your lifestyle to please God.
2) Demonstrate it for a while to develop a "track record."
3) Your "head lights" should now be noticed.
Your "enabling pulse"is now active.