Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Prayer - Conversations with God

Abraham Lincoln said: “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” I believe that meditation is when we listen to and become one with our Higher Power. Prayer is when I speak to or with God.

Any time spent in quiet reflection might be considered prayer, but when we invite the all wise, all powerful presence of a loving Higher Power in it can take on a much deeper and more meaningful tone. We really enjoy this exchange, responses coming in sunsets, smiles, and a million other ways. Many seek to follow the sage advice to "Pray without ceasing".

Journaling is a great blessing, in particular if we use it as a sort of prayer book and write out our  conversations with our Higher Power as a best friend, as one who knows our every secret desire and transgression, and in fact every tiny thing about us through-out our lives from before we were born. That is an extremely intimate relationship we can acknowledge and develop through prayer and journaling. A spiral bound notebook or composition book from most any store work great.

I also believe that prayers are intended as a celebration of what is or becoming so I don’t pray for what I personally want, rather what is best for all, so naturally coming out of God given grace and blessing. Therefore my prayers are ones of gratitude, of thanks.  Like many folks I often find myself on my knees in times of troubles, but also make an effort to pray every day to give thanks and praise for the basic goodness that is so abundant. Click here for examples of my prayers and here are some nice videos on prayer: On My Knees, PrayLet Us Pray.

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