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Before I knew a better way to communicate with the Divine, I used to pray a lot. I always believed in a power greater than me. I just thought that Power was following me around with a fly swatter.
I mentioned last week that I saw the world as ensouled, like I do today, every animal with a spirit, every blade of grass, rock or worm. So why did my prayers hardly ever work? I was serious about prayer! My prayers were so strong and so meaningful and so so so powerful!
Prayers are powerful and mine should work.
Not really, today looking back I know my prayers were totally lame, if you really want to know the truth.
And, here’s why.
My prayers were bargaining prayers—prayers of pleading spectacles of need and serious purveyors of lack.
Do you know what I mean?
“Please God let me out of this and I promise I will never do it again!”
“Please Please Please I will do anything if you’ll just bring him back to me!”
“Please don’t let this be happening! I will be good!”
“Dear God, I am meant for this. I know I am. Please please make it go my way! I will work hard and praise you! Etc.”
If you do this, I will do that is not the right way to prayer and certainly not a good example of a prospering prayer.
I have learned since then that prayers that work and create miracles aren’t ones that have any amount of bargaining, cajoling, promising or any other hysterics or drama attached. The Universe, God, Spirit, whatever you want to call your higher Power isn’t a secret Santa who has a list of who is naughty or nice! And no, you cannot offer cookies and milk.
So how have my prayers changed? They are about surrender, courage, compassion, healing, and love.
“Thy will be done through me for the highest good.”
“Remove these defects so I can heal and be better.”
“Show me to higher ground.”
“Help me to face this, give me the courage to change so I can better do thy will.”
“Help me forgive this person.”
“Show me the way. Help me to accept your will for me.”
And the prospering prayer?
“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for the gift of life. Show me how I can serve.”
I learned that praying for “Divine wisdom and to know the will of the Divine for me and the power to carry that out” is so much better than my old way.
This way I’m never disappointed and I am always guaranteed to see the great value in the result.
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