and more people have left the religious practices and faith-based
theologies of their parents and grandparents and have become spiritual
seekers and this trend continues throughout the world. And in
this spiritual seeking most have found there are so many ways to pray
and most of us have experienced more than a few. And most of us
have had times when we felt disappointed in the results of our prayers.
But, whether our prayers were answered or not, our prayers did change
us. It is the nature of prayer to do so, for prayer is always
within the mind of the person praying and this is where we connect
with G-d, Infinite Spirit, and come into that realization that we do
believe in Something beyond the physical/material world in which we
live. Rare is the person who thinks, speaks or writes a simple,
sincere prayer, that does not feel a greater joy in their heart
through this communion with the Spirit.
Prayer does not change G-d ... prayer
changes the one praying and this we can find evidence of in our own
personal life as we understand that "thoughts" are prayers
and sustained and persistent thoughts, create faith. This is why
the statement "pray without ceasing" has sustained meaning
throughout the history of mankind. It has been said that the
"highest prayer" is not the one where we ask for things ...
but I don't believe this is necessarily true. I believe that the
prayer that causes us to have a continuing personal relationship with
G-d is the "highest prayer" ... no matter what it is that we
seek through prayer. Our mind has been conditioned to think that
"charity" is more godly than "capitalism" ... yet,
it takes capital to support charities so how can this be so?
Prayer is our way of consciously focusing our
mind on what it is that we believe in. If our prayer is filled
with uncertainty or doubt, we realize that we must cultivate a greater
faith; faith in both G-d and our ability to realize the good results
that we seek through prayer. Faith, according to the
ancient scriptures, "is
the substance of things hoped for."
And in this, we can be certain that this "substance"
requires us to be focused. It is the greater things that we pray
for that truly unify us with G-d, for it is in the greater things that
we realize that G-d is necessary for their fulfillment ... and so this
desire for the greater things is what impels us to seek to know G-d in
a greater way. If we were to pray that our dinner would be tasty
and satisfying, our attention to G-d would end at the end of our meal.
But as we seek that something greater to have, to do, or to be, we am
going to be spending a great deal more time focused on G-d, seeking to
understand this relationship to the Infinite in our own personal way.
of prayer is speaking, yet much of it is listening. And the
speaking we do in prayer is important, but the listening is even more
important. For it is as we listen that God speaks. And it
is when we are still that God acts. It is in the silence that
the word of God is uttered and the work of God is done.”
Dillet Freeman, "Be"
Prayer that is powerful enough to sustain our survival in health,
happiness, prosperity and joy, brings us the "experience of G-d"
in our lives. In back of every Good desire that enters our mind
and heart, is our underlying desire to know that G-d is for us.
Few can deny this as the truth. And those who do, will never
experience the fullness of Life. We know how to walk, by walking.
We know how to talk by talking. To sing by singing. To know G-d is to
experience G-d, not as just a Principle, or as a word, but as a
Presence in our life. Some people shy away from the word G-d or
even reject it entirely, but this simple 3-letter word has great power
for its power is felt throughout the collective consciousness of
Many of us have arrived at the point in our
spiritual development where we realize that prayer is recognizing that
G-d Is. And in knowing that G-d Is, we know that our Good Is
too. But, without prayer, we can easily lose sight of this and
find our faith diminishing. There is little difference between
an atheist and someone who says they believe in G-d but does not pray.
For to believe in G-d is to believe in prayer. "Faith
without works is dead ..."
we can read in the ancient scriptures, because the author of these
words knew that faith must have life to it. Answered prayer
gives our faith life and substance.
is essential, not to the salvation of the soul, for the soul is never
lost; but to the conscious well-being of the soul that does not
understand itself. There is a vitality in our communion with the
Infinite, which is productive of the highest good. As fire warms
the body, as food strengthens us, as sunshine raises our spirits, so
there is a subtle transfusion of some invisible force in such
communion, weaving itself into the very warp and woof of our own
mentalities. This conscious commingling of our thought with
Spirit is essential to the well-being of every part of us.”
Holmes, The Science of Mind & Spirit
the scriptures there are stories of prayers being demonstrated in the
lives of simple people. People who were blessed with greater
abundance, greater health, and greater success. These stories of
successful prayer have continued throughout history, proving that
prayer has life to it. Everyone can pray and everyone can have
their prayers answered in the affirmative. As I mentioned above,
there are many ways to pray, and it is up to us to find the one that
works for us. We must seek the right way for us and be
determined to experience G-d as answered
prayer; a powerful loving action in our life that sustains the
survival of our spirit.
SO IT IS!
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