2ND : Prayer NOURISHES OUR SOUL
Prayer develops our soul into its full potential - i.e. we grow into our best self. Nothing can compare to the inner growth that is available in prayer and deep contemplation. Prayer trains and develops the faculties that express more and more of our genius... our full dimension of being.
All of us have a mission for greatness in life and we all share the same 'Common Well'... Prayer connects us with God and He supplies us with the nourishment we need for our self-actualization. Prayer is that direct pipe-line that accesses the waters of life within.
While many can get by with some sort of spiritual hydration from beauty, from nature, from good literature...it is in prayer that we draw in the purest, cleanest and most abundant soul nourishment. Again, it is no coincidence that the greatest souls that have shaped the world for the better, have all used prayer as their fundamental tool.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Just like you cannot expect good physical health without regular food and water - you cannot have a healthy spirit without prayer.
When you do not offer sustenance to your spirit with prayer, it becomes weak. Many people even lack the basic awareness of their spiritual self, simply because they have ignored feeding it for so long. It is like a shriveled acorn.
But prayer will provide you with the nourishment needed to transform that spirit 'seed-potential', into a mighty oak. When you feed your spirit with the exact same nutrients that the Greatest Souls have done and are doing - you will know firsthand the source of true genius and power.
It's not a matter of 'belief'... It is a matter of experience.
“Prayer for strength of soul is that passion of the soul which catches the gift it seeks... Who rises from prayer a better man, his prayer is answered..”– GEORGE MEREDITH
3RD : Prayer ILLUMINATES OUR MIND
What we currently have and are right now, is largely a reflection of the causal thoughts we have focused upon in the past. Reaching a new altitude and rising above our current level of living, performance and fulfillment, requires a greater level of awareness than we currently have.
To have and be more, requires that we expand our understanding, our mindset, so that it's more and more in alignment with God's abundance.
While we all like to think that we're pretty good designers of our life, prayer is that consultation where we talk and think through our 'blue print' with the Master Architect. There is no substitute for realizing our vision of greatness, than together with Our Father. God oversees the system of causes and effects, with far, far greater insight than we could ever realize.
“The greatest answer to prayer is that I am brought into a perfect understanding with God, and that alters my view of actual things. The end of prayer is that I come to know God Himself. By our prayers we come to discern the mind of God.”– OSWALD CHAMBERS
A pure prayer is a transcendental experience. It fuses the soul upon God, and can create quantum leaps in consciousness, awareness and insight. It expands our understanding and develops our wisdom.
Prayer connects you with the Great Mind. It opens your awareness to new possibilities of thinking, of perceiving... What difference would it make to act with the knowledge of God within you? ...to have His counsel on a daily basis?
Real prayer then, is a process for learning to think with the Mind of God.
As Einstein put it, "I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know his thoughts. The rest are details."
“Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.”– RALPH WALDO EMERSON
4TH : Prayer STRENGTHENS OUR BODY
Real change begins from the inside out. We all have heard of the old proverb of 'mind over matter'. It means that at the cause of physical manifestation, is intelligence or thought. In its most self-evident expression, it states that the 'meaning' we assign to events mentally, determines how we respond to them in the physical.
Although it may appear as hidden, it is through our thoughts that we create our world. If we want to change things in the external, in the physical - it is essential to change the nature of our perceptions, or what we choose to think about things.
The effect of changing our mental outlook, changes the actions the body takes - and in turn, we create different results.
“The influence of prayer on the human mind and body– DR ALEXIS CARREL
is as demonstrable as that of secreting glands.
Its results can be measured in terms of increased physical buoyancy,
greater intellectual vigor, moral stamina, and a deeper understanding of the realities underlying human relationships.”
But it goes even further than that. Changing your thoughts, changes the biochemistry of the body itself. It is a fundamental cause of healing, as the medical science of psychoneuroimmunology has shown.
Now the thoughts that create profound positive changes in the physical, are the ones that are aligned with God's Universal Laws or Truth, Love and Beauty: in body, mind and soul.
Principled prayer gives you the power to both impact your body's health through healing thoughts, as well as positively empowering you to extend into the world, with the right actions. Prayer works at the source of creation - by transforming us into the change we want to see in the world.
“We must pray for more prayer,– FRANK C. LAUBACH
for it is the world's mightiest healing force.”
5TH : Prayer BUILDS RELATIONSHIPS
It doesn't follow that having achieved a life of great outward success, that we have great relationships too. The world is full of examples otherwise.
However, those who create great relationships, they automatically reach success - for a life is far from great, unless it is supported by loving relations with others.
The Greatest Souls in our history have all created phenomenal relationships with the people closest to them. They also have indirectly built great relationships with humanity. Thus, they inspire us. They lead the world towards the realization of heaven on earth. We know them as the most loving people in the world - whether it is Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Pope John Paul, or the Dalai Lama... and so on.
Time and time again, they tell us that the secret to their capacity for creating loving relationships has been prayer. They have always prayed for others, and in return they have created tremendous relations.
“The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is to pray.– S.D. GORDON
It is not the only thing, but it is the chief thing.”
Why does prayer help us create greater relationships?
On a personal level, praying for others affects the consciousness of the one who prays. It focuses our mind away from egocentricity, and onto the essence of love. Praying for others strengthens our power to love. This is most beneficial when we pray not just for the ones who love us, but also for the ones that have injured us in some way... Here's where the biggest gains are made.
It is why Jesus told his disciples to "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you"... And he demonstrated the power this had, when praying on the cross for his enemies - and thus transforming the conscience of the entire world.
On another level, praying for others may also reach and touch others through your social interactions. Prayer shapes your attitude towards them, and how they are impacted by your company - the choice of words you'll make, the level of affection that radiates from you... and so on.
In your presence your enemies slowly erode the walls they have built around their hearts. In your presence, your friends find a deeper connection with the essential being values --- of joy, of love, of peace.
Then there is the mysterious power of prayer, that reaches beyond bodies and social relations - beyond time and space. Your choice for charity and love, literally moves 'positive coincidences', to be present in the world of another.
“Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,– JESUS
that you may be the sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends the rain on the righteous and unrighteous... Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
6TH : Prayer SHAPES OUR WORLD
Prayer is both a means and an end. It is the means for our development in holiness, as in its presence, we embody the holy self we seek. It is with our righteousness then that we affect our world or our environment. Prayer is primarily the means for becoming a better person.
However, prayer also changes things for you. While all the blessings above state that you are the change that prayer affects - prayer also changes what events, circumstances, people or pieces of knowledge that come to you.
By activating the purpose of love in our lives, God moves things in our way. Our actions become guided and protected by the power of God's providence.
As the archbishop of Canterbury William Temple put it, "when I pray coincidences happen, and when I do not, they don't." Prayer not only changes you - but also affects what God does for you in turn because now you're on the path of wisdom.
Or as Jesus noted: "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
If you, then, though you are sinful, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!"
So prayer 'attracts' to you the material things, events and circumstances that are necessary for your well being, and for you in bringing about positive changes in the world.
Prayer ensures that your earthly creative power
is in line with the vision of heavenly things, here on Earth.
“Time spent in prayer will yield more that that given to work.– ANDREW MURRAY
Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success.
Prayer opens the way for God Himself to do His work in us and through us.”