“I imagine thousands of desperate Maya singing and dancing on these platforms, begging for rain that would never come.” This was a quote from archaeologist Holley Moyes, who theorized that the Mayan culture disappeared due to the lack of rain. This drought is said to have occurred in the 9th century. The Mayans believed that the God of rain inhabited the deepest part of the caves. Archaeologists have found that during this period of drought, the Mayans went further into the caves decorating, placing ornaments, and sacrificing virgins to please their Gods.
How many millions of prayers have failed like the Mayan prayers for rain throughout the history of mankind? What types of prayer does God answer? In the Book of Prophecy, it is said that God answers prayers that are sincere:
When you have a mind of sincerity,
Any protection will be provided. 4-52
According to your mind of sincerity,
I deny my protection to no one, whoever you may be. 4-95
Each of you, clearly express sincerity from your innermost heart.
Then the blessings will be seen at once. 7-32
Words of flattery are unwanted.
God looks for the sincerity of the mind. 11-8
The Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki) defines sincerity as a mind that is void of greed, anger, and self-love. It is an unselfish prayer that God accepts and responds to. It is not a prayer that praises God, or offers sacrifices or material wealth that God wants. It is a prayer of helping others that God accepts.
Imagine the corrupt and immoral Romans asking for God’s help as Rome burned; imagine the desperate Mayan Priests in their ornate outfits, as they sacrificed God’s children to obtain God’s blessings. We must learn how to pray to God.
*Discover Magazine December 2014 (Pg. 28-37)