When I was a Roman Catholic, to whom I was praying was never an issue. I said my memorized prayers and followed it up with the Amen. The Bible was never part of RC teaching, and therefore, I was not acquainted with it.
I am an avid reader and have been reading since the age of seven on many subjects, but never the bible. Occasionally, I would hear quotes from the bible, but I had not personally bothered to search into it for myself at that point.
Then, when I started studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses and attending their meetings, I was introduced to how to pray to Jehovah God in the name of Jesus. I had never talked to God on such a personal level but when reading the Holy Scriptures, I was convinced.
NWT – Matthew 6:7
“When praying, do not say the same things over and over again as the people of the nations do, for they imagine they will get a hearing for their use of many words.”
As time passed, I started noticing many things in the JW organization that were contrary to what I believed the Holy Scriptures were teaching me. I therefore became acquainted with biblehub.com and started comparing what was quoted in the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT) with other bibles. The more I searched, the more I started questioning. I believe the Holy Scriptures should be translated but not interpreted. God speaks in many ways to each individual, according to what he/she can bear.
My world really opened up when someone close to me told me about Beroean Pickets and as I started attending its meetings, my eyes were opened to what it means to be a Christian. I learned that contrary to what I thought, there are many others who have doubts about how JW’s dogma is not what the Holy Scriptures teach.
I am comfortable with what I am learning except for the fact as to how to pray. I know I can pray to Jehovah in the name of Jesus. I am, however, left wondering how to fit Jesus into my life and prayers that is different from what I am doing
I don’t know if anyone else had or faces this struggle and if you solved it.