Left Brain Vs’ Right Brain Praying

Roger. W. Sperry, an American psycho biologist, discovered and developed the concept of two brains- LEFT BRAIN – RIGHT BRAIN theory. He successfully explained and proved people the exact functioning of brain. It was found out that human brain has two different ways of thinking because of two unlike brain. The right side of the brain concentrates more on visual and images while, the left side of the brain deals with the verbal power. In more simple words, people thinking from left side of the brain are more logistical, objective, and methodical. While, the right brained people are more creative, subjective, and thoughtful.

The right side of the brain is regarded as wonderful on creative tasks.

Right brained people can very easily perform task like expressing emotions, playing musical instruments, recognizing images, faces, and colors, revealing strong intuitive, can read emotions and command on creativity.

And the left brained are amazing in logical thinking, questioning, language and numerical subjects, and crucial thinking. There are lot of difference between right brain and left brain.

The right brained generally has specific characteristics such as:

– Concentrates more on images and visual

– Act according to intuition

– Use mind camera to remember things or write down things

– Checks the whole image and then turn to details

– Lack of organization

– Randomly makes plans

– Difficulty in finding spelling or collecting word

– No punctuality

– Like more to touch and feel

– Never follows instruction before handling any equipment

– Express with hand gestures

– Very creative brain

– Question the rules

While, left brained people possess different characteristics like as:

– More inclination towards verbal, symbols, numbers, and words

– Act according to analytical thinking

– Try to remember with the help of words or names instead of using faces and images

– Makes logical decision

– Performs the task step by step

– Very much organized

– Follow their planning and schedules

– Abide by rules and regulations

– Highly punctual

– Grasp mathematical formulas and numbers easily

– Like to observe

– Avoids the use of hand gestures

– Practical and logistic

Most of our education and our daily tasks exercise the left hemisphere of our brains. We have been taught to think, calculate, and analyze using our left brain. The right side of our brain is also ours to use. When we use our whole brain we move into the creative activity of our right brain. Artistic expression, music, and dance exercise the right brain. When we see the big picture and make decisions intuitively we are using the right hemisphere of our brains.

Prayer can be merely a left brain activity. As we verbalize our requests to God, as we develop theological statements, as we study the Bible, we use our left brains. Prayer can also become a wonderful use of our right brains. When we are still before the mystery of God, when we listen for what God is saying to us, when we allow the Spirit to move us intuitively we are using the right hemisphere of our brains.

So much of the religion we practice is left-brained. We listen to intellectual sermons; we read theological books; we learn the teachings of Scripture. But when we allow ourselves to be deeply moved, when our love of God captures our inner being, and when we are engaged in the compassion of Christ, we are using the right half of the brain God has given us.

To use the mind God has given us we should use both sides of our brain. Then, more than words, our prayers become a deeply felt communion with God. Prayer is to love God with mind and heart, body and soul.

Courtesy: healthandsoul.com & David Muyskens@Wind&Fire

LENT – a time of repentance & renewal

WHAT IS LENT?

The term Lent comes from an Old English word meaning “spring,” the time of “lengthening of days.” During Lent we begin to see new plant and animal life as the earth emerges from winter and moves toward another fruitful summer season. As the earth appears to awaken and bring forth new life, we can, through our observance of Lent, awaken to new spiritual awareness as well.

Lent may have begun in about the 4th century of the Common Era as a time of preparation of Christian converts for baptism at Easter time. Over time, Lent evolved into a time of fasting (abstaining from eating or following an austere, usually meatless regimen) and prayer that the entire Christian church observed as part of its preparation for Easter. Some Christian churches continue to observe Lent and some do not. Lenten practices vary, but usually include some form of self-discipline.

The Lenten observance in Christian churches of the Western world begins on Ash Wednesday. Lent is said to be a 40-day season, but Sundays are not included in the 40 days of Lent. So the actual time between Ash Wednesday and Easter is 46 days. In 2012, Ash Wednesday is to be observed on February 22 and Easter is observed on April 8. The Lenten season concludes with Holy Week, the seven-day period immediately preceding Easter. Holy Week includes Palm Sunday, commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus’ Last Supper with his 12 disciples, Good Friday, commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion and death.

IS LENT BASED ON THE BIBLE?

Lent has no basis in the Bible. It is a tradition that originated in the Christian church. The Bible does include stories of 40-day (for example, Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness) and even 40-year (for example, the Hebrews’ time in the wilderness after leaving Egypt) “times of preparation,” but nothing in the Bible is directly related to the season of Lent.

One interesting fact is that, the number 40 is a special number in the Bible. It signifies preparation for something special:

The rain lasted for 40 days in the mighty flood during the days of Noah (Gen 7:17)
Moses stayed on the Mount Sinai 40 days (Ex 24:18)
Jonah gave the people of Nineveh 40 days to repent (Jon 3:4)
Jesus, before starting his ministry, spent 40 days in the desert in prayer and fasting (Matt 4:2)

THE JOURNEY OF LENT

For us, the journey begins on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent is a way to recall a larger story than just celebration. It is a way to face the reality of the consequences of sin and the terrible toll it takes on the world. Lent calls us to examine our own lives with the prayer, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me (Psa 139:23-24).

The journey through Lent is a way to places ourselves before God humbled, bringing in our hands no price whereby we can ourselves purchase our salvation. It is a way to confess our total inadequacy before God, to strip ourselves bare of all pretenses to righteousness, to come before God in dust and ashes. It is a way to empty ourselves of our false pride, of our rationalizations that prevent us from seeing ourselves as needy creatures, of our external piety that blinds us to the beam in our own eyes.

Through prayer that gives up self, we seek to open ourselves up before God, and to hear anew the call “Come unto me!” We seek to recognize and respond afresh to God’s presence in our lives and in our world. We seek to place our needs, our fears, our failures, our hopes, our very lives in God’s hands, again. And we seek by abandoning ourselves in Jesus’ death to recognize again who God is, to allow His transforming grace to work in us once more.

The celebration begins in ashes. And it journeys through darkness. It is a spiritual pilgrimage that I am convinced we must all make, one way or the other, for genuine spiritual renewal to come.

The passage in 2 Chronicles 7:14 is quoted a lot in connection with prayer:  “. . .if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” This usually is quoted in the context of wanting revival or renewal in the church. The prayer is usually interpreted as intercessory prayer for others, since we too easily assume that any problem lies with someone else. Yet a careful reading of the passage will reveal that the prayer that is called for here is not intercessory prayer for others; it is penitential prayer for us. It is not to call for others to repent; it is a call for us, God’s people, to repent. It is our land that needs healed, it is our wicked ways from which we need to turn, we are the ones who need to seek God’s face.

Perhaps during the Lenten season we should stop praying for others as if we were virtuous enough to do so. Perhaps we should take off our righteous robes just long enough during these 40 days to put ashes on our own heads, to come before God with a new humility that is willing to confess, “Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.” May be we should be willing to prostrate ourselves before God and plead, “Lord, in my hand no price I bring; simply to the cross I cling.” That might put us in a position to hear God in ways that we have not heard Him in a long time. And it may be the beginning of that healing for which we have so longed.

O Lord, begin with me!  Here!!  Now!!!

(Please leave your comments, suggestions or questions below. I would like to learn from you too, God bless.)

PRAYER – giving license to HEAVEN

WHAT IS PRAYER?

PRAYER is man giving God the legal right and permission to interfere in earth’s affairs.

PRAYER is man giving heaven earthly license to influence earth.

PRAYER is a terrestrial license for celestial interference.

PRAYER is man exercising his legal authority on earth to invoke heaven’s influence on the planet.

These definitive aspects of prayer may be a little shocking to many, but a closer study will explain many scriptures made in scripture as they relate to heavenly activities on earth.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chron 7:14)

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. (Matt 16:19-20)

I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. (Matt 18:18-20)

Every action taken by God in the earth realm require the involvement of a human being. As John Wesley once said, “God does nothing but in answer to prayer.”

Prayer is therefore not an option for mankind but a necessity. If we don’t pray, heaven cannot interfere in earth’s affairs. It is imperative that we take responsibility for the earth and determine what happens here by our prayer lives. Heaven needs you to give it license to impact earth. You can make a difference and change the course of history if you will just understand the purpose and power of prayer.

Discover your power, authority and rights in the earth and to position yourself to become a channel for heavenly influence in earth’s affairs.

HEAVEN DEPENDS ON YOU & EARTH NEEDS YOU!

WITHOUT YOU, HEAVEN WILL NOT & WITHOUT HEAVEN, EARTH CANNOT!!