Prayer 

Aug 20, 2023 | Blog

How is your prayer life? Do you even have one? Let me help you along!

 

I have to admit that in the past my prayers could be quite perfunctory and spasmodic. I would go from times of regular devoted prayer to times when it seemed to pass me by, or I passed it by! In the last twenty years, my prayers have developed and grown into something that has become a priority several times a day and my prayer life has improved greatly.

When I was a child my prayers were the typical childlike form that sounded like this: “God bless Mummy, God bless Daddy and please can I have a pony?” These days I am happy to say my prayers and the time I spend in this peaceful space has developed into a place of genuine connection with our Creator, God and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. If I can do this, then so can you!

 

 

Reasons we don’t Pray

There are many reasons why we don’t pray. We might think we don’t need to be thankful to a Higher Source. We might not want to think about our spiritual lives. It is all too easy to overestimate our own abilities and think we can figure things out on our own. However, I believe that prayer is the natural, wisest and most valuable thing that we can do, as it puts God in the centre of our lives and thinking. We need Him every second of the day. He is our Mother/Father God who always loves and
cares for us. Through prayer, the soul can contact the Divine in a moment’s thought.

Praying doesn’t have to be complicated; it can, in fact, be the sweetest time if you keep it very simple. Just offering yourself to the Divine in a place and time of quietness can bring the most transformational energy around you and within you.

You could be used as a channel to send out healing to all those in need, whatever their concern or circumstances. Wouldn’t that be the most empowering feeling ever? Praying for someone and their highest good allows us to be empathetic and compassionate at a spiritual level. We can leave the details of the outcome to our Lord as He, above everyone else, knows about our greatest needs.

 

 

If prayer is new to you, I would always recommend…

1. Find a seat or place in your home that you feel comfortable using each time. The more you pray in the same space, the more your soul recognises your intention each time you sit there.

2. Start small. Five minutes being still and in prayer is a great amount of time to start with.

3. Find a time when you won’t be disturbed; breath in deeply, exhale fully. Consider using this lovely mantra: “Into the silence comes God.” Then allow yourself to be still and silent. Even if this feels like you are trying to meditate rather than pray, just be patient with yourself.

4. When you feel ready, lengthen the time spent in this state. Maybe increase it very gently and lovingly.

5. The content of the prayers that follow is up to you; remember no prayer is wasted, they are all collected up and used by those in God’s spiritual realms for the benefit of others.

Through prayer, we can strengthen the bond between ourselves and our Mother/Father God. Every relationship needs to have time and effort invested within it and needs to be nurtured to evolve; our most important relationship is with the One who gave us life.

 

Here is a lovely piece that I hope will help you. Please let me know what you think. If you need any help then just get in touch.

 

The Difference by Alan Grant

I got up early one morning
and rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I didn’t have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me –
and heavier came each task.
“Why doesn’t God help me,” I wondered.
He answered, “You didn’t ask.”

I wanted to see joy and beauty,
but the day toiled on, grey and bleak.
I wondered why God didn’t show me.
He explained, “But you didn’t seek.”

I tried to come into God’s presence;
I used all my keys at the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
“My child you didn’t knock.”

I woke up early this morning
and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I had to take time to pray.