In this article, I am going to explain, in details, about things to do to get closer to God. There are a lot of ways of connecting to God. Nowadays human being has hectic schedules to perform his day to day duties to earn for living. There is no time for getting connections to God. So here are the ways which you can adopt, even if you are ‘On Duty’ to growing closer to God. You will know what is chanting & what is the importance of prayers.
I will chant God’s name until I am! This must be the motto of a living being for life.
God created man with the ability to talk & chant his name. The chanting gives wings to our words and expresses the deepest feelings of our heart.
During the historic period, chanting was the only way used for worshiping God. It is the simplest way to live by the side of God.
What is chanting:
Chanting is a process of taking God’s name, or uttering his name consciously in the beginning so that it becomes a habit to utter his name unconsciously as well. When chanting, people vocalize words in a rhythmic way. The rhythm enlivens the words and adds depth to their meaning.
What we should chant about?
We should chant the name of the God we used to worship. There is no rule to chant any specific name. You can bring the image of God in front of your eyes & begin taking the name of that God. The chanting is a form of worship among the two connected.
Our emotion behind chanting should be “I am praising the God according to his holiness & goodness, and the name of the God, the Highest than any other thing. I am praising you, O God, with all my heart. I am remembering all the wonders that have been achieved by me because of your presence in my life. I am rejoicing and rejoicing by chanting your name.
Why we should chant?
Our chanting is directed to God, it also serves as a confession of faith to unbelievers, and as teaching for believers.
Chanting purifies our minds. A person who chants God’s name will always do the good work for himself as well as for society. He remains always connected to the divine. He starts any of his work or duties with the name of God. Continue his work by uttering God’s name & remain thankful to God for the completion of the work. He always thinks that he, himself is only the medium between God & work. He always thinks all the work he is doing, is for God & put his best practices completing it. If by any chance the work remains unachieved, unfruitful, he has no reason to take the blame on himself. He will treat it as a “will of God “& “time has not come to complete this work “. And he goes on again to put his best efforts.
Advantages of chanting:
* You will think of yourself as a medium of God on Earth.
*You will be sure about the purpose of your life on the Earth as you go on working on HIS directions.
*It will not cross your mind to do any bad work. (Karma)
*Your mind will always be occupied with thoughts about HIM.
*You will be neutral about happiness as well as sorrow in your life.
*It will change your outlook of seeing the world around you. You will begin to see HIM everywhere & in every living being.
*You will get away from anger, greed, hatred, & ego.
*You will change yourself as a listener rather than a talker.
You won’t believe it till you experience it!
Importance of Prayer in your life:
Prayer is a beautiful & important communication practice that brings us closer to our God. Prayer fills us with a strength to overcome worldly matters.
Prayer is a communication:
Prayer is the communication between your soul to God. In simple terms, talking to God is called prayer. It’s the opening of one’s heart to our God. Prayer is connecting with Him and telling Him everything in your heart. Some people find it very complicated. Do they say that they don’t know how to pray? These people haven’t understood that prayer is just talking to God with honesty.
Praying is not a very difficult task that one has to complete every day, but a joyful time spends with God. It’s such a privilege to be able to talk to the supreme; to share your innermost thoughts, & deepest desires!
It connects with God:
Men and women, before their arranged wedding, are often told to talk in person and learn more about each other. They are told to communicate and understand each other more closely. This is because they are going to binding with each other for life. So it is expected to know each other’s personality traits. This is because if you do not communicate you will never know the person. Similarly, if you do not pray, if you do not talk to God, you can never learn more about who He is. To understand God, we need to pray.
Power of Prayer:
Prayer is powerful and you must believe that the words uttered in prayer have power in it. Do not underestimate the power of prayer. The temptations & forces in this world, always trying to discourage us, and weaken our faith in God. When tempted to do some bad work, always pray. Prayer gives us the power to overcome our wrong wish at that time. Prayer gives us the strength and increases our faith to finish the work in our lives.
Have a good company:
You know that the parents are always too much worried about the company their children are with. It’s because their children are definitely going to influence with the company they keep. The influence may be positive or negative, but there is an influence. So parents try to keep their check on the friends of their children.
The same will happen when you start praying to God. The more time you spend praying the God, the effect will begin on your face. Your face will shine with the glow of God. Your nature will be like the loving nature of God. There will be a drastic change in your day to day habits & lifestyle. You will be no longer be a selfish person, but you will start to consider others first. Prayer will make a change you from the inside, which soon begins to show it on the outside.
Practice it daily!
Praying daily to make it habitual is important. You must pray for God’s guardianship on your family every day. Pray for your parents, spouse, other members of your family & children every single day. It is a parent’s, responsibility to make children aware of the importance of everyday prayers. For children are extremely grasping the things during their early years of age & this thing will shape their future.
They should understand that prayers are for God’s protection upon their young lives & for the whole family. My grandfather always makes sure to say a short word of prayer every day before we get out of our home to work, to school or out for purchasing something. My dad used to bow in front of him before going on travel for office work. My grandfather always prays for God’s protection to be upon each one of us. And now we are doing the same thing. It’s just a matter of two minutes to say the prayer, but it is very powerful and gave us the assurance of “ All will be well”.
Always pray with confidence:
Prayers always work for emotional, spiritual and physical healing. They also work for yourself and for those around you. So many people are always going through physical, mental and sexual injustice. Pass on the importance of prayers to them.
Are you struggling with any problem in life? Are you desperately finding a breakthrough in your life? There’s no point in getting frustrated. It is my appeal to you to pray. There are powers in praying. It may sound very ridiculous to somebody but this is the truth.
Begin your day with some peaceful & quiet time, then pray. Keep trying to pray on your way to work, during idle time, pray when you’re feeling stressed. Make a goal for a 24*7 talking relationship with God. Go on taking action to chase this goal. Find out for yourself the beauty of this communication tool.