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as above, so below. to ask the higher forces to intevene…
Just between you and me, I’m not very good at prayer. I lack faith. It’s not my fault. But then again, my whole life has been a prayer, a petition of some kind; a prayer for truth and justice, or freedom. Maybe I pray that I won’t get caught…
I pray that my dreams will come true before I die.

In short, my prayers have been selfish. I’ve prayed to be a Man, to be responsible, to be gentle and kind and to do my best always. But I haven’t prayed to anyone. I pray to myself, that I will remember my aim and grow up.

I trust that there is an intelligence in this universe who hears and sees everything that I see and more. My human limitations will not enable me to know what is higher on the scale of being than I.
I find that I cannot, at will, make contact with a higher power, even as it is reflected in my soul… that I need help. That is where prayer may be needed; a heartfelt prayer to be absolved of sin and lifted to a higher state. This is what the ‘teachers’ indicate, what the ‘desert fathers’ strove to achieve through sacrifice and prayer. But I feel that I am not worthy, my feet are made of clay and my demons are legion.

Twenty years a child; twenty years running wild; twenty years a mature man— and after that, praying.
Irish Proverb

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. . . . It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869–1948)

My first prayer to a god of my understanding, was “Please, Please, Please take away the obsession I have to drink.” And as soon as I asked it was gone.
My inspiration, my enthusiasm, my very reason for being all come from God. My questions, my illusions and my doubts are all mine. But somewhere deep in the true heart of my being there is a true wish to rise above the coarseness and unnecessary suffering of the physical plane of existence… a life of mere survival.
Prayer may take many forms but it is always my realest voice crying out to God my need to align my purpose with god’s will.
To pray is to ‘ask for’ “Help me.”, “Help them.”, “Give me this or that.”, or to beg for something not to happen. It’s always please change something.
God is not expected to answer our prayers, we are just asking… maybe it makes us feel better that we have paid attention to something of importance, something higher than us; something sacred.
Prayer puts us in a more realistic attitude towards life. Instead of throwing our energy mindlessly into fruitless manifestations we live as supplicants delicately divining the right course of action with the help of a higher power.
But none of these prayers are efficient if we don’t surrender the illusion that we can do anything directly. The realization of powerlessness is the first ‘call’ to prayer.
I don’t know. I’m not an expert. I’m finding my way by trying. I am wishing for real faith. I am praying for a miracle.
And I am putting my cigarettes under the bed so I begin the day ‘on my knees’.

"Do not make prayer a monologue — make it a conversation."

"Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action."

"Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared."

-Mahatma Gandhi

"When I pray, I draw to me and invoke Grace. Grace, as I have experienced it, is uncontaminated conscious thoughts and feelings. And in that sense it is Divinity. Prayer brings grace and grace calms me. That has been the cycle. Grace is the tranquilizer of my soul. With grace comes trust and acceptance and a knowing that what I am experiencing is necessary. It calms me with a sense of knowing."

– From "Letters to Anonymous"

We have left undone those things that we ought to have done; and we have done those things that we ought not to have done.
Book of Common Prayer (1662). Morning

from "the practice of the presence of god". by brother lawrence

Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God.
Søren Kierkegaard (1813–55), Danish philosopher

Pray. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914), U.S. author. The Devil’s Dictionary (1881–1906).

and finally,
anyone interested in prayer might look for a little book called "the way of a pilgrim", written anonymously.
it's about the efforts of a pilrim to get closer to god by constantly saying the 'prayer of the heart'