How do we get God’s blessing? The Mayans and Aztecs believed they had to sacrifice people to get God’s blessings. Many religions go through many rituals and ornate ceremonies to contact God. Some believe that a self-declaration to God will bring upon blessing. Others have special prayers at particular time of day that will bring upon the blessings. What does God want from us? Does he want us to praise him and to acknowledge his greatness? If this is the case, do we have a God that has an identity crisis like some of the ruthless leaders of the world?
But what are the blessings that we want from God? We must admit that many of our prayers our selfish prayers. We pray for ourselves, and our families. Some may even pray for blessing for their religion, and may even pray for the destruction of people of other faiths. Would God answer these selfish prayers even if they are sincere and come from their hearts?
Many of our prayers are directed toward gaining our earthly possessions, like material wealth. It does not deal with our hearts, or the purity of our minds. In one of the sacred books, God tells us to ornate our minds and not our bodies. It is a prayer that asks God to purify the world of evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) that God desires.
In summary, God does not want praise and selfish prayers; but God wants prayers concerning the purification of our souls (hearts) and not our flesh. But many like the Mayans continue to praise God with their ornate ceremonial attire, and make sacrifices or offers to a God that patiently awaits our enlightenment.