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Why It Is Better To Pray In Your Native Language

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 21, 2020, 01:01:04 AM
There are spiritual principles that support the argument that effective prayers should not be silent, but rather spoken out in physical words. The detail of the information about praying out aloud (even if only in mutterings ) will be discussed in another article.

This article will only discuss that, because prayer is a serious endeavour that needs to be carried out carefully and completely, it is very important to pray in native language (or first language).

You should not leave gaps in your prayer and, using a language (words) in which you are not FREELY AND FULLY conversant, can deny you the fine tools needed to make surgical and COMPLETE prayers.

The good news is that “native language” can be ANY language, provided that you are skilful enough in it, because your chosen language should be able to FULLY decipher, translate, and convey the TRUE feelings and thoughts of your heart.

The bad news is that this (process of choosing a language for prayer) may not be easy, and a lot of the times, people are not honest with themselves about the language they should pray in -they do this unconsciously.
And oh, it has nothing to do with “Education”.

A professor of English language may still never be able to communicate his true feelings during prayer as s/he may be able to do in “native language”. Remember that prayer is a moment of truth, a “naked moment” during which you must lay it all on the feet of God, to get the needed results.

But perhaps a more important point is that languages contain spiritual and emotional triggers that make things happen in the spiritual realm, for the individual. Each person is unique and same applies to his or her preferred prayer language. 
Some words translate slightly (but consequentially significantly) differently between languages even though they are supposed to translate similarly. To discuss this in detail would be tedious and may throw off the reader, so I leave it at that. I shall use one example though.

In English language, the name Michael is an anglicized Hebrew name Mikha'el, and both mean the same thing: "who is like God".The Igbo version of this same name is Onyedika (which a lot of Igbos may not even know that it is the same Michael or Mikha'el) -expanded version is "Onyedikachukwu", or "Onye di ka Chineke/Chukwu".
Now, as an Igbo native speaker, whenever I say this name in prayer or song, I get goose pimples!
But I say "Michael" everyday otherwise, even in prayers involving the name of the arch angel, but NEVER get the same deep feelings and emotions! 

To fully lay out this argument, there is a need to use the computer analogy.

The truth about this world is that the makers of the computer actually modelled it after this universe of God.
Some have argued that the universe is a giant computer, and everything in it can be “programmed and commanded”. I don’t want to digress into that, for now...

What I can speculate is that the human language is like a software package that runs in each human “computer”. Every computer has what is called a CPU (central processing unit), which is the central chip that runs the operating system (OS) and all other programs installed inside the OS.

Each OS is developed (or written) for each SPECIFIC CPU. For example, Microsoft Windows (and the DOS before it), were written for the INTEL CHIP called the “x86 “ series of chips (this chip has undertaken several evolution since birth), while Apple computers ran on the PowerPC series chip.
Two different Operating System; two different chips.
Each chip has what is called “instruction set” which software engineers must understand in details before they can write programs for the chip.

Apple computer machines could not run Windows OS , and Microsoft machines (which came to be knows as “PC” because of the Intel combo)  could not run Apple OS and software.

God designed you and gave you a CPU called the brain, and that brain has “an instruction set”.
The difference between the human brain and a computer “brain” is that God designed a superior CPU that can morph or mutate to process nearly ANY “OS” (human language).

However, it must be stated that the human brain is biased towards its ORIGINAL instruction sets - the language into which a person was BORN. God designed your native language to suit the shape of your mouth and nose to produce a unique phonology.

For example, nearly all human beings would speak a second language with some degree of “accent” no matter how proficient they may be in the second language, and no matter how minuscule the accent. You only need to listen carefully, and a non-native speaker would speak some accented words in the second language. That accent is the indicator that a person is running a “foreign OS” in his or her CPU. For example, there is absolutely no way that a native English language speaker can speak Igbo without some accents. Same applies vice versa.

If you were God, would you prefer to hear accented language than a flawless one?

Even psycho-sociologically, languages differ, and each was designed by God to capture and convey the very unique nature of the speaker as designed by God. The diversity on this planet was designed by God, and God enjoys it. Why then would you want to bore God with your accented language when God knows that you can speak a native one without accents?
When you do this, you deny your brain an opportunity to tap into the detailed instructions set it contains which was designed by God.

To prove this point, I started to conduct some tests. I conducted the test by switching between English and Igbo during serious personal prayer sessions. The switching process involved Psalms, praise/worship songs, and main course prayers.

On conclusion of this test, I found out that my prayers went a notch deeper (higher) and more connected when I prayed in Igbo, particularly while reciting the Psalms. The same thing also happened while singing worship songs in Igbo. Once I switched to Igbo, it was as if the heavens came down a notch closer to me! Keep in mind that in the course of my normal day to day activities while living in a foreign land, I hardly speak Igbo. Yet when it came to prayers, my Igbo Psalms and worship songs connected me to heavens faster and deeper than English! Go figure!

The main caveat to this speculation is that values may also affect or play some roles in prayers. However, even this point can be considered moot, because languages encapsulate values, too. As a matter of fact language is the chief vehicle for operationalization of values.

All these argument above assumes a verbal prayer session rather than a silent one, as stated in the beginning.
Silent prayers are different because only the spirit side of man is involved.

Some even get to the level of speaking in tongues which are again different from the normal prayers contemplated here.

Those are different because in the after life, languages become irrelevant/useless, because the body which contains the human CPU would not be available. In an “encounter” I had with an angel of God, in a trance (half dream/half awake), the angel was communicating FULLY with me without opening his mouth. I understood EVERYTHING he said. In that trance, the angel used “words” that cannot be translated into any human or earthly language, but I still understood him CLEARLY.

Praying out in physical words here on earth avails you of your main advantage (legal right, privilege, authority, etc) of being a human being, here, and alive. As stated earlier, we shall discuss that in detail in another article.

Therefore languages are for “here” (as in physical existence on earth).
In the afterlife, all languages become irrelevant.

So, pray out in words of your first (or native) language because it is the language closer to your soul.

Any counter-argument is welcome in the comment section below.

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-Nigerialog

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