“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
~~ Tony Robbins
“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.”
~~ Chinese proverb
I am about to take a big chance.
Sorry—but right now it’s a secret—I can’t say what it is right now. Something I will reveal.
But I am leaping.
Honestly really leaping.
Prayers requested. Whatever you believe prayers to be. And boy can there be different answers to that question.
I have a Wiccan friend that continuously reminds me that she doesn’t pray.
I remind her that she does.
This is what I believe.
Prayer is loving someone and wishing them well. Truly thinking them well.
Prayer is hearing that someone needs good thoughts or healing thoughts, and from our hearts, sending them good thoughts.
Prayer is gratitude.
Prayer is joy.
Prayer can be ritual.
Prayer can be found in meditation.
Prayer is not about bowing down—unless that is how you feel closer to your God, whatever you feel God is.
Prayer is not groveling.
Prayer is not throwing ourselves down in the offal and begging.
Prayer is most certainly not some kind of Dom/sub relationship we have with God.
I will give you the greatest example of why I believe this, and it comes right out of the Bible….
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
~~ Matthew 6:7-13 ~~ King James Version
Now this is what I learned through my teachers Rev Dr Chris Michaels and Ernest Holmes, the founder of a major New Thought movement.
Notice that in the Lord’s Prayer, when the Christ—Jesus—is teaching us to pray, what He says.
First, do not use some kind of routine. Don’t quote something that is so memorized that you aren’t even paying attention to what you are really saying. Don’t pray on mountain tops and pedestals. Don’t pray for the attention. It’s not real.
This is what we need to know.
God, the creator of the Universe—the being who created the 100 billion stars in our galaxy, which is one galaxy in 100 to 200 billion galaxies—knows what we need before we do.
And so when the Christ taught us how to pray this is what He said.
First, address and acknowledge that there is a God. Then ask for what you want.
Please note that the prayer that the Christ gave us, instructed us to acknowledge God—and then say give us this day our daily bread….
He did not tell us to wail about what scum we are. He did not tell us that we should say that we are not worthy. We weren’t instructed to throw ashes all over us and gnash our teeth.
The next step was to say give us this day our daily bread.
It is a demand!
Because we can.
Because we are suppose to!
Because God, as a Parent, want us to come and say what we want and need.
And God happily provides it—in abundance.
Right now I am asking for prayers. I do not know what is about to happen. I could be about to go through some hardships. But I do know that it won’t last and this very hardship is going to result in my life being filled with abundance.
So today I ask for prayers that I will be lifted up and the chance I am taking will lead to everything I want in life.
Today I am grateful—so very grateful—for chances, and for the ability to ask friends for prayer.
I can’t imagine anything better than that.
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