I hear that there are two general ways in religions with beliefs in god. One is that you are already chosen. Another is that you will have to seek his grace.
The best way to genuinely seek His face is to sincerely follow His principle which is not an easy journey to endure but through our weakness His presence is known. Just like David who was a man after God’s own Heart. David sinned a lot as we all do, yet through His humility in times of grief caused by his own doing and sometimes by the hate of his enemies David was able to receive God’s grace. By being yourself not trying to hide from God or be overly perfect is when you will encounter His presence /face
I guess if one has to ask that question, then God has failed to make himself clear, which is very unbecoming of an omniscient, omnipotent being,
You don't seek His grace. By His energies, He gives it to all. You could say that, among other energies, He is grace. You have set your will to walk in the ever-present grace that is always available to all. Where sin abounds, grace much more abound
Through apophatic theology which also known as negative theology—is a theology that attempts to describe God by negation, to speak of God only in absolutely certain terms and to avoid what may not be said. In Orthodox Christianity, apophatic theology is based on the assumption that God's essence is unknowable or ineffable and on the recognition of the inadequacy of human language to describe God. The apophatic tradition in Orthodoxy is often balanced with cataphatic theology—or positive theology—and belief in the incarnation, through which God has revealed himself in the person of Jesus Christ.
I am not an expert to answer this question, But still will make an attempt. I hear that if we have to get His Grace, we have to surrender to him fully. I am not sure how many of us will be able to do it.
That is why I like the path "Manava Seva is Madhava Seva" That means consider our fellow beings as divine.
My Christian belief, which is based on the New Testament of the Bible is that you need to have faith in Jesus as your Saviour, that he died on the cross for your sins, and that you need to accept him into your life. You then need to confess (admit) your sins and repent of them. Repenting isn't just being sorry, but deciding to live your life to please God. I say try, because we are all imperfect human beings.
After that, you need to repent of your sins when you err again. God will give you the grace you need if you try to please Him through his Spirit.
Sow with a view to righteousness,
Reap in accordance with kindness;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord
Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.
My Brother, a 3rd beautiful question. I feel you know that the wind of Grace is always blowing, but we do not all receive to the same degree. Purity is one of the essentials. Purity is the inner vessel that holds the Light, purity is the light of the soul manifesting in and through the physical. Things like fear, insecurity, passion, greed, anger and attachment affects our receptivity, and receptivity is paramount for the inflow of cosmic energy and cosmic light.
Gratitude is another essential quality to attract His grace. Gratitude is the life-breath of the Supreme. We need to offer gratitude to God in our sorrows as well as in our joys and our hearts will become gladdened for this.
A light or half-filled stomach before Prayer or meditation helps. A heavy body dulls and affect the psychic nerves and keep Grace at bay.
Assimilation is of paramount importance. Should you feel a deep peace just post your prayer or meditation, then do not share it immediately. Allow it to be assimilated for at least one hour before engaging in ordinary chart. Assimilation allows you the opportunity to make the experience your own.
The best way to seek His Grace is through an inner cry or yearning for Him. The spiritual life begins and ends with aspiration, without which, we cannot reach God. The Buddha sat under his fig tree and resolved not to move till he was illumined and Sri Ramakrishna rolled and rolled for days in the mud crying for His Divine Mother.
God may not have given us this intensity as yet, but I am saying that the yearning, longing, earnestness is necessary, without which nothing can be accomplished. One also needs the pointers that was mentioned first.
Ultimately, all is an aspect of Grace and to pray to Him is because of Grace. Do you see the importance of Gratitude here? Still, all the saints say that self-effort is necessary. It goes together with Grace. They are twins.
So to attract Grace we need to leave our windows open as it is like the sun. The more the curtains are drawn open, the greater the sunlight and the less of our fears, doubts, guilt, etc., and the greater our virtues and self-giving, the more we will attract His grace.
Finally, nothing comes easy. I have been sitting in meditation every morning for the last 31 years!. A constant, steady and regular practice, accompanied by an inner conviction and a willingness to serve mankind, will enlarge or expand the heart and attract grace.
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