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Prayer Is Essential for Man to Enter Into the Truth, Obtain the Truth and Achieve Salvation

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Prayer Is Essential for Man to Enter Into the Truth, Obtain the Truth and Achieve Salvation

Effects Prayer Can Achieve

Now we all see clearly, prayer is essential for man to enter into the truth, obtain the truth, and finally achieve salvation! There are those who say: “What effects can prayer really achieve?” On this question, people with deep experience are clear. As soon as they hear this question, people with deep experience can, by virtue of their own experience, say a few of them, while people with shallow experience perhaps cannot speak clearly. And what will people with deep experience say? Prayer is effective in at least seven ways. The first effect: When man is weak, when he is losing faith, if there is real prayer, a real cry, it will make man strong, will increase man’s faith, will give man the power to follow God. You all have experienced this effect, haven’t you? The second effect: When man encounters anything (here “anything” of course refers to big things, things involving the truth), through prayer man can grasp God’s meaning, understand God’s heart; man can gain release, not being subject to any control. All people of deep experience surely have known this effect. The third effect: When man in a certain environment is subject to control and has troubles so that he may not be able to follow God, through prayer he can achieve release from his plight, can break through the darkness and rush toward the light. Maybe the majority of people also have experience of this effect. The fourth effect: When man is reading the word of God, or when he is fellowshiping about the truth, if he often prays to God, he can receive the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment and illumination and understand the truth of God’s words. Most people can experience this effect. The fifth effect: When man encounters a trial and does not know which way to satisfy God, through prayer, through contacting God with multiple prayers, he can achieve spiritual release, understand God’s heart, and stand witness. The sixth effect: In experiencing God’s work, if man through prayer can often try to grasp God’s will, he will be able to fulfill his duty properly, have real service, know how to consider God’s will, and know how to do God’s will to achieve God’s satisfaction. The seventh effect: Often communicating with God through prayer can enable man to receive more of the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment and illumination, achieve understanding of truth and know what God has and is, and finally achieve perfection by God. These are the seven effects that can be achieved through prayer. Once a person has experienced the work of God for three to five years, it can be said that he will experience all seven of these effects. All of them are especially real, especially practical, and that is verified by people’s personal experiences. To know God is the deepest lesson. For this deepest lesson, if you are a person who does not often pray to God, merely relying on your brain to look at God’s words, can you achieve knowledge of God? Knowing God depends on the work of the Holy Spirit; it is achieved through the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment and illumination. If you can see the Holy Spirit’s work and enjoy the Holy Spirit’s work in many things, then you can have a true knowledge of God. So, knowing God is an effect reached through prayer. If you pray too little, you surely know too little about God. Truly knowing God, to put it most precisely, is an effect of experiencing and tasting the work of the Holy Spirit through prayer. The more deeply, finely, and thoroughly you know the work of the Holy Spirit, the more knowledge you have of God. This is totally true. The Holy Spirit is God. The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit. Whatever the Holy Spirit does is what God does. This is totally true. So, if you are a person who does not often pray before God, then you cannot experience the work of the Holy Spirit very deeply, very thoroughly. If you experience the Holy Spirit’s work without enough depth, then your knowledge of God too must not have enough depth. If you know the Holy Spirit’s work deeply enough, then your knowledge of God is deep enough. This is absolute. Is it clear how many effects prayer can achieve? Now one must also be clear how many effects he himself has experienced. Have you all experienced these seven effects? Not necessarily all of you have. Maybe some of those whose experience is relatively deep, who have believed in God for a long time, have experienced all seven of these. If a person has believed in God for a relatively short time, perhaps he may have experienced just a few of these effects.

Crucial Prayers in the Experience of Life

There are several types of prayer that people should know about. Crucial prayers in the experience of life are mainly of ten types. The first type of prayer: prayer to ponder the words of God and seek the truth. This type of prayer is the most essential type of prayer for entry into life, also the most common type of prayer. For example, if a person prays ten times, his prayers to ponder the words of God and seek the truth constitute half of those. Every day we should eat and drink the words of God. If you eat and drink some words of God, then you must ponder them. If you ponder without first praying to God, this will not do. For example, if we have read some words of God in which God says “You must be honest,” then we must ponder: “God asks us to be honest, but how to be honest? Why should we be honest? What is the significance of being honest? What standards should we meet to be honest? What behaviors does an honest person exhibit?” Aren’t these questions to ponder? Before you ponder the words of God, you should pray. Say: “God, I have read Your words, but I do not understand them. Please enlighten me, illuminate me, let me know how to be honest. In my heart I want to be honest. I know You delight in honest people, so I must be honest. I want to satisfy You in this requirement, but I don’t know how to do so, don’t know what is the significance of being honest, what is the standard by which to judge honesty.” Pray like this. Don’t you think this is some real prayer? This is prayer to ponder the words of God and seek the truth. This kind of prayer is the most important kind of prayer in the experience of life. The second type of prayer: prayer to know ourselves in the words of God. When God judges and chastises man, revealing man’s corrupt disposition, we should know ourselves by applying His words to our own real conditions. This is the lesson of knowing ourselves. Whenever we finish reading some words of God that judge, chastise, and expose man, we need prayer, to be enlightened and illuminated by God, so that we may know our own corrupt conditions. This is the second type of prayer. The third type of prayer: prayer to put truth into practice, resolving to obey God. For example, in the matter of doing your duty, encountering trials, and treating brothers and sisters, you know how to put the relevant truths into practice, how to act to be in line with God’s will. If you want to put any of these truths into practice, then first you need prayer. Say: “God, in this kind of thing I know how to put truth into practice. I know which principles to practice to satisfy Your heart. I want to put truth into practice to satisfy You.” This is prayer to put truth into practice, resolving to obey God. We must have this kind of prayer in our lives. The fourth type of prayer: prayer to accept God’s observation. In daily life, we will encounter many things involving the truth, sometimes even things of a tempting nature. At such times we need to have prayer to accept God’s observation. People generally accept God’s observation when they encounter special situations. This will not do, for in common affairs people should accept God’s observation too. In daily life there are many things that involve the truth, in which people should accept God’s observation. Why should you accept God’s observation? Because if you do not accept God’s observation, if you are not serious about putting truth into practice, then in many things you will easily ignore the words of God and easily act according to your own philosophy of life. If through prayer you accept God’s observation, you will take the words of God seriously, and you will take putting truth into practice to heart; then you will be able to put God’s words into practice a little more precisely. So, accepting God’s observation is quite useful, quite effective in helping one to enter into life, particularly in helping one to put truth into practice! The fifth type of prayer: prayer of real reflection on oneself. Because people lack truth and are too small in stature, they often transgress, often disobey God. So, in things one encounters daily, particularly in one’s own failures, one must pray to God for enlightenment and illumination, have prayer of real self-reflection in God’s presence. If a person does not self-reflect, this will not do. Self-examine every day. Particularly in the evening, examine yourself: “What things did I do today contrary to the truth? In what things did I reveal corruption? In what things did I tell lies?” You have to examine your words and deeds. This is good for the change of your life disposition. The sixth type of prayer: prayer for God’s discipline and chastisement. This is also very essential. Man’s corruption reveals itself without him knowing it. Even in some crucial things man still reveals corruption and cannot practice the truth. At such times, man should be a bit more strict with himself, should pray to God for discipline, pray for God’s punishment. Treating the flesh this way is just; it’s not mean at all. You yourself must actively accept God’s punishment, accept God’s discipline. If there is no discipline, and the flesh gets too comfortable, then pray to God to discipline you. The goal is to make a change in you, make you achieve salvation, make your living out, your conduct, and all that you do satisfactory to God. This type of prayer is also very important. The seventh type of prayer: the prayer that makes a resolution in the presence of God, which a person must have when he is weak. The weaker a person is, the more that he must make a resolution so that he may become strong. Do not wait until you are too weak to rise up before you pray. That will not do. For example, if for a couple of days you are quite weak and far from God, you should immediately pray, making a resolution. After praying, sing hymns, then eat and drink the words of God, and ponder the truth, and reflect on yourself. In this way, won’t your weakness be resolved? The eighth type of prayer: the prayer expressing your determination to offer loyalty, which you should have as you perform your duty. This prayer is also very essential. For example, now in the family of God you begin to fulfill a duty, but you don’t know how to fulfill it, and don’t know how to practice so as to satisfy God. Then first resolve to offer your loyalty, accept God’s observation, and accept God’s discipline. Say: “God, if in fulfilling my duty I am perfunctory or go through the motions or cheat You in any aspect, may You discipline me, even punish me. This will be good for me.” The ninth type of prayer: the prayer seeking the truth, which you must have when you encounter anything in which you don’t understand the truth. For example when something arises and you just are not sure what is the suitable action, what practice bears witness, what practice suits God’s will, this calls for prayer seeking God, seeking the truth. This kind of prayer too is common in the experience of life. Because man’s stature is small, and he cannot see through many things, this kind of prayer must be plentiful. The tenth type of prayer: prayer seeking the truth to stand witness in trials. This prayer is most crucial. Regardless of what trial you encounter, you must have this kind of prayer, because no matter what trial you encounter, you may not necessarily fully understand it, and may not necessarily know how to act to satisfy God entirely. So in trials you must make prayer seeking the truth. When you understand the truth, can issue real praises to God, can have prayer that worships God, this will be real witness. These ten types of prayer all are indispensable prayers in the experience of life. And there is one more, which is, everything you encounter should be entrusted to God, particularly affairs of family. Some people’s family environment is not good: unbelieving family members persecute them, husbands are bad to wives and try to restrain them from believing in God, children object to their parents believing in God. Entrust all these things to God and let God take care of them. If your family is especially tough, putting especially harsh limits on you, then you must pray to God, ask God to discipline them, punish them. Such prayer is entirely appropriate. In these things, one aspect of prayer is committing them to God, another is asking God to do certain things. This will benefit your belief in God and pursuit of the truth. In the experience of life there are at least these ten types of prayer, all of which need to be practiced. If you regularly practice these ten types of prayer, then your experience of life will get richer and richer, go deeper and deeper, and will not be a bit monotonous. Some people say: “My prayers are not this various; they are just of two or three types at most.” If your prayer is only of two or three types, or three to five types, then your experience is too monotonous, you believe in God too simply. This shows that your entry is too superficial. In fact the prayers in people’s experience of life are not limited to these ten. There may be five or six even deeper prayers. But these ten generally are enough for people’s use. As for those who truly possess some truths and pursue to be perfected, particularly the man used by God, they must have a few more kinds of prayer, at least a prayer swearing an oath courageously, that if you fail to satisfy God’s will, if you can betray God in what He has entrusted you with, you are willing to accept God’s curse. This is a very important prayer. In sum, in achieving salvation, these ten types of prayer are enough. If a person is equipped with all ten of these prayers and can practice them all, can according to these ten conditions really commune with God, then he will have completely entered onto the right track of believing in God.

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The preceding ten types of prayer all are indispensable in the experience of life, and are ten types of prayer that are necessities for entry into the reality of the words of God. If a person’s prayers are fewer than these ten, that proves his life experience is too shallow, proves he has not entirely entered into reality. These ten types of prayer all are necessary, particularly the prayer seeking the truth, also the prayer to accept God’s observation. There is also the prayer to seek the truth in the words of God and the prayer to know oneself in God’s words. These few are the most important prayers. A person who serves God must have one more kind of prayer, that which prays for the coming of God’s judgment and chastisement, God’s pruning and dealing. When necessary he must also pray for the coming of God’s discipline, God’s punishment. In this way he can get on the right track of serving God and ensure that he will not deviate from the right path. A person who serves God cannot do without such prayer. My own such prayers have been many: “God, if I deviate from Your will, please discipline me and punish me, so I can realize that.” A person who serves God cannot do without discipline and punishment. If a person pursues the truth, it will be easy for him to understand and practice these types of prayer; if a person does not pursue the truth, he will never be able to have these types of prayer. Without these types of prayer, how can you enter into life? How can you achieve salvation and be perfected? If you lack too many things in your prayer, your entry into life must be too superficial. …

Next we shall discuss how to enter into and practice these ten types of prayer. The first type of prayer, prayer to ponder the words of God and seek the truth: can you put this into practice? Read a passage of the words of God, then simply pray to God; or first pray and then read the words of God, then ponder; both ways are fine. You can read the words of God and pray to God, can’t you? That is just speaking the truth, the same way you ask someone a question. If you can speak this directly to a person, why can’t you speak so directly to God? However you speak to people, you can speak to God that way too. For example, if you say to a person “How should I pray about this problem?” you can say the same thing to God. Say “God, how should I pray about this problem? Please instruct me.” Then ponder a while, and after you ponder, pray. However you feel you should pray, however feels right, however puts you in a good mood, makes you feel better, pray this way. Whatever difficulty you have, tell God directly. Anything you cannot utter to a person, you call tell God. There is nothing unspeakable to God. Just speak the truth. If you have just read a passage of the words of God, say “God, I have read this passage, but I don’t quite understand its meaning. Please enlighten me.” This request for God’s enlightenment may be heartfelt; still, don’t just ask God for enlightenment, then after you pray run off, go to work, do some things. Wouldn’t this mean you’re all talk and no action? After you pray, you should ponder the words of God, cooperate, consider, and you should also pray silently. In this way, when the Holy Spirit enlightens you without your knowing it, you can understand the meaning of God’s words. If you pray seeking the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment, then you run off to work or do other things, forgetting the words of God, and don’t look at them for a few days or ponder, then how will the Holy Spirit enlighten you? If you have prayed and then pondered for ten or more minutes and haven’t gained any enlightenment, don’t worry: The next time you read this passage of the words of God, ponder again, and perhaps after pondering two or three times you will understand, there will be some light. Pondering the words of God doesn’t mean that within ten minutes after you pray the Holy Spirit is guaranteed to work on you. That’s not how it is. Maybe within three days or five days, maybe in half a month, you are guaranteed to gain some light, to develop a train of thought. Understand? Praying to God means speaking the truth. You don’t need to search for special language. God didn’t require people to pray using some special language, special vocabulary. There is no such requirement. However you speak to people, that’s how you should speak to God. But when you speak to God you need to have some principles. Do not speak false words. Do not practice deceit on God. Do not try to sound nice. Do not use fancy language. If you want to elevate your diction, don’t. Whatever you feel in your heart, speak it out. When people talk with each other, they pay attention to face. They feel: “If my words are not well put, then people will laugh at me. I need to elevate my diction, use some vocabulary, be articulate. This way people will take me seriously.” When praying to God, should you think this way? When you are speaking to God, don’t be this way. Just speak the truth. When you speak to your family you can speak freely; you can speak to God the same way. This is the principle. Whatever you feel in your heart, just say that. Speak the truth. Saying what’s in your heart: this is opening your heart to God. The second type of prayer, prayer to know oneself in the words of God. It also requires you to speak the truth, to say what’s in your heart. Don’t pretend. Don’t choose pretty words. Don’t pay attention to using special vocabulary or using a special manner of speech, like writing an essay. If you think that way, you can’t learn to pray; you’re studying writing essays, not studying prayer. The third type of prayer: prayer to put truth into practice, resolving to obey God. When you perform your duty, or when you encounter something, first pray: “God, now I must do my duty. I have the will to put truth into practice and achieve Your satisfaction. Please observe me.” Just pray this way to God; this is speaking the truth. Can you say these words? Some people don’t know how to pray. They always think: “I’m afraid it won’t do to speak the truth when praying to God. It takes special language.” People who think this way have a conception of God. Do you think praying to God requires special language like standing before a judge in court? God observes every person’s heart, and God knows what is in a person’s heart. Just speak the truth. Understand this principle? The fourth type of prayer: prayer to accept God’s observation. For example, now a temptation comes to you, a situation arises; you pray to God asking God to observe you. You say: “God, in this matter I want to stand witness. I want to satisfy You, put Satan to shame. I accept Your observation.” After you have prayed like this, you will know what truth you must put into practice, what you must do to satisfy God; then just keep to this, and you will be able to stand witness. Some people say: “Just pray like this to God and I’ll be able to stand witness?” What effect do you think praying like this will have? Objectively speaking, what use is it for you to pray like this? It’s that when you make a resolution in the presence of God, you must keep it, just as if after you have made such a prayer about this thing, God starts to observe you in this thing, God starts to formally require you to do something. This is the beginning of God’s testing you. Thus, you begin to treat this matter seriously. If you don’t have this kind of prayer, you’ll take it lightly and feel it is nothing, God’s not observing; or you won’t feel God observing and think whatever you do is all right, God doesn’t know. If you think this way, can you still bear witness? Herein lies the use of this prayer. When you pray this way it can change you, enable you to make a resolution in the presence of God, give you a chance to satisfy God, enable you to have an actual entry, and bear actual witness. This is just like putting you in a stadium, letting God come observe, come review your score. Do you think this kind of prayer is good or not? This prayer is very necessary. The fifth type of prayer: prayer seeking God’s enlightenment and illumination in self-reflection. Self-reflection too is a compulsory course every day. Sometimes in some special matter we reveal corruption, which calls for self-reflection. Every evening before sleep calls for prayer to God, self-reflection on corruptions revealed, untruths you have spoken, wrongs done, principles violated. This prayer too is quite essential. It can let people know and grasp their own condition. You see sometimes brothers and sisters get together, and someone says: “How’s your condition now?” If you aren’t someone who regularly self-reflects, you may say: “Oh, I’m muddling along right now. But I haven’t committed any transgressions, haven’t committed any sins, so I’m good.” At this time you may feel in your heart that you haven’t committed any transgressions. Since you are not someone who regularly self-reflects, you don’t know what transgressions you have committed; you haven’t noticed any of the usual little transgressions, have thought nothing of them, haven’t recognized them; you feel you’re all right, have committed no transgressions, and that you seem to have attained some change and made some progress lately. See, if you never self-reflect, and you think you’re okay and making progress, then you cannot know yourself and cannot grasp your own condition. Tell me, is self-reflection really necessary? This too is an indispensible type of prayer; it is a compulsory course daily. The sixth type of prayer is prayer for God’s discipline and chastisement. It is often that we understand some truth but are unable to put it into practice, and we ourselves can do nothing about it. We think: “This flesh is no good. I can’t put this into practice, so let it be.” But if you pray for God’s discipline and chastisement, it may bring a turnaround. It won’t do if the flesh does not suffer. If the corrupt flesh does not suffer, it will never be able to put truth into practice. Unless you give it a little chastisement, teach it a lesson, it will be unmotivated to practice the truth. You see, as soon as human flesh suffers, it gets some spirit to practice the truth. When it gets comfortable, it feels too weak to do so. People have this flaw, so this flesh needs to suffer. You need to let it have some chastisement. It won’t do to be too good to the corrupt flesh. As soon as people suffer, they want to get closer to God; as soon as they get comfortable, they get farther from God and don’t want to do anything. This is how it is, so, people’s flesh needs some suffering. Do you think getting sick brings any benefit to one’s life? It does. If sickness comes upon a person, what benefits accrue? People who haven’t experienced it don’t know; people who have experienced it know and can say. People should experience every aspect. If your experience isn’t rich, then the life you gain won’t be rich. Just like eating nutritious things: if you don’t eat enough of some nutritious things, then your body will lack some things, and you won’t be very healthy. Life is just like this: The richer your experience, the richer your gain. If a person wants rich experience, he must suffer more. If he experiences much suffering of all kinds, his life force will get stronger; his life force will get especially strong. See, there are many brothers and sisters who experience persecution and tribulations, and they still can do their duties in such a harsh environment, still can pursue the truth with all their hearts, just as if not pursuing the truth for one day would make them be abandoned by God. Thus they enter into the truth quickly, their life progresses quickly. When man’s flesh is too comfortable, it does him no good. So we should pray for God to change our environment, give us some trials, let the flesh suffer a little. This is beneficial for drawing closer to God, entering into the truth, and achieving salvation. The seventh type of prayer: the prayer that makes a resolution in the presence of God, which a person must have when he is weak, and when he is far from God. One aspect of making a resolution is resolving to cooperate; the other aspect is asking God to fulfill it. Say: “God, I have this resolution. Please help me. I have this desire, but can’t necessarily fulfill it. Please help me to fulfill it. Let me follow You eternally, never far from You. Let me properly fulfill the duty I should fulfill, and have a heart loyal to You.” Pray in this way, and after you pray, you can bind yourself close to God and keep on fulfilling your duty, keep on eating and drinking the words of God, keep on living the church life. Such prayer is very beneficial to one’s entry into life. These all are ways of coping with the flesh. The eighth type of prayer: the prayer offering your loyalty, which you must have in fulfilling your duty, for you must have a will to satisfy God. In fulfilling your duty you must offer your loyalty and accept God’s observation, so pray: “God, I must properly fulfill the duty I should fulfill. This is my responsibility as a creation. If I fail to fulfill my duty properly, I won’t deserve to be called human, won’t deserve to live in Your presence.” After praying this way, a person can bind himself. A person must live with character, with dignity; this is the nobility of man. If you have no dignity, no character, show no nobility, that is base. Now, how to tell whether a person is noble or base? That depends on whether a person has dignity, whether he has character. You should keep to your word. Do what you say. Take responsibility for your responsibilities. If you are irresponsible then you are not human, you have no humanity. So when we speak in the presence of God and say we will fulfill our duties properly, give all of our loyalty, this is a question of responsibility. If you cannot even fulfill this responsibility, then can you count as a human? Can you be called a real person? You can’t. The ninth type of prayer: the prayer seeking the truth, which you must have in everything you encounter in your experience that calls for a search for the truth. For example, in something you can’t see through, you can pray to God: “God, in this matter how should I put truth into practice? What truth should I practice? May God enlighten me to understand how to put truth into practice in this matter and live out real witness to satisfy You.” Seek from God in this way, and speak this way. There also may be matters on which you pray and there is no effect, but surely in some matters you really may see the truth. As your experience gets longer, in every matter you will be able to understand the truth. Now don’t you feel that in many matters you don’t know how to put truth into practice? When people encounter some matter, they worry: “What truth does this matter involve? How should I deal with this matter? What aspect of truth must I put into practice? What should I do to put truth into practice?” People are unclear about all these things, with the result that they rely on human ways to deal with them, do what the situation calls for, and that’s it. The result is that they haven’t learned anything and haven’t entered into the truth, right? So, in many things if you haven’t put truth into practice, then you have lost the opportunities to enter into the truth. In this way, many words of God cannot be carried out in you, because there is no way for the words of God to be carried out in you. You have not found which of God’s words should be carried out in which matters. So most of the words of God are not carried out in you, come to nothing, remain fruitless, and go unrealized. Then what responsibility should a person like you take? You have lost the function of a creation of God. God’s words are spoken to His creations—humans. As a member of humanity, you must understand the words of God. You have this responsibility. If you do not know how to put God’s words into practice, that’s a dereliction of duty. You freely use the evil words of Satan and know how to put them into practice, but the words of God, the words of God Most High, the words of the Creator, you do not take to heart. Isn’t this a betrayal? The tenth type of prayer: prayer of worship in times of trial, seeking to grasp God’s will and uttering true praises to Him. This type of prayer is also essential. It will not do if in trials you cannot grasp God’s will. For example, when Job met with his trials, he pondered how to grasp God’s will. He said: “I have believed in God for so many years. In these matters if I failed to know what to practice to please God, then wouldn’t I have believed in God for all these years in vain? Wouldn’t I have paid the price for so many years in vain? Wouldn’t I have gained nothing in the end?” So, when trials come, it is an essential time of testing a person. When you have believed in God for many years, whether or not you have actually understood the truth is tested through trials. When trials come, this is precisely when you should use the truth. At this time if you still can’t put the truth into practice, then you’ll be eliminated, you won’t be counted among the saved, as one who has received God’s recognition. So when trials come, that is when a person is revealed. Usually God does not make real demands of you, because that is the time of the kingdom training. When the final trials come, that is when God is issuing a pass, when God is giving man a test, that is when you are in the examination room, and if you don’t make the grade, you are eliminated. So, when trials come, then the moment of testing whether or not a person has truth has arrived, the essential moment of testing a person has arrived; you can even say the moment of revealing one’s destination has arrived. If you cannot grasp God’s will and ultimately you cannot stand witness, then regardless of how many years you’ve believed in God, how much blood, sweat and tears you’ve given, it’s in vain. So, the tenth type of prayer, prayer worshiping God during trials, is quite essential! If in trials you seek to understand God’s will, that doesn’t amount to failure. If, after seeking, you understand the truth and stand witness, that’s success. If you don’t seek God and finally fail, then you fail the more abjectly. A person must possess all ten of these prayers. If you possess these ten types of prayer, if in your experience of life you regularly make these ten types of prayer and can even use them correctly, then you have entered onto the right track of believing in God, or one can say, you certainly can achieve salvation. If you have believed in God for many years yet you don’t have these ten types of prayer, or you have only two or three or five of them, but don’t have some that are essential to receiving God’s perfection, then you will not achieve being perfected by God. So one must have all these types of prayer. It’s just like preparing for a test: If you only study the simplest questions and you don’t quite understand the deeper questions, but your heart is not in it and you just put those to one side, then you cannot achieve a result. So if you pursue to be perfected, these ten prayers all alike are indispensable. You cannot lack even one. Now you are beginning to practice them. Practice for a while and you can enter into them. If you do not practice, and go on confusedly believing like before, with one or two, two or three kinds of prayer, this won’t do; you cannot achieve salvation, this is certain. People must understand and enter into these ten types of prayer. These ten types of prayer are essential to a person achieving salvation and being perfected!

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