Definitions: (1) worshipful communion to or with God; (2) spiritual or meditative contemplation; (3) devout; (4) earnest and sincere
Compatible Quality: intuition
Consequential Quality: insight
Saying: Laborare est orare (Latin): “To work is to pray.”
Quotes: You can’t pray a lie. — Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
God answers man’s prayer by giving him an increased revelation of truth, an enhanced appreciation of beauty, and an augmented concept of goodness. Prayer is a subjective gesture, but it contacts with mighty objective realities on the spiritual levels of human experience; it is a meaningful reach by the human for superhuman values. It is the most potent spiritual-growth stimulus.
Words are irrelevant to prayer; they are merely the intellectual channel in which the river of spiritual supplication may chance to flow. The word value of a prayer is purely autosuggestive in private devotions and sociosuggestive in group devotions. God answers the soul’s attitude, not the words. — The Urantia Book (91:8.11-12)
Make up your own prayers or modify the following. Remember prayers are not the words. Your sincere heart is doing the praying. Your open mind is receiving the light. Your prayer is personal.
Dear God, you are The Upholder. Thank you for the gift of life. Just as the bird sits on her nest, so do you patiently and knowingly nurture our growth.
Good morning One! Thank you for this day! Thank you for me! Thank you for my friends. Thank you for the world. May all my thoughts, words, and actions of today be in service to the highest good. — Australian Aboriginal, Mutant Message
Divine intelligence, what positive, constructive, creative thought, word, attitude, or action is my next step to improve my present work? What is the next step into abundance, satisfaction, freedom …? — Catherine Ponder (1927 -) The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity
Our Mother, who art beneath us, you support us, nurture us, bring us the gift of life. Hear the prayers of your children and forgive us our trespasses. Intervene on our behalf for those other lives, great and small, which suffer when we err. Oh, Mother, we pray. Help us to face danger and be wise. — David Brin (1950 -) Earth
I am thankful for this new day. My mind and heart are open to all experiences because they teach me what I need to know. Those persons, places, and things I can benefit – and can benefit me – are drawn to me and I to them. I am a blessing to all whom I meet today. I am valuable and deserve to be happy.
I forgive all who need to be forgiven; and everyone who needs to forgive me if finding it in their heart to do so. I can deal with whatever may happen to me today. There is nothing to fear, the Knower within me guides me perfectly in all decisions.
I am healthy and whole and respect my body. My positive, affirmative thoughts shield me from all negativity and doubt. I let go of worn-out things and worn-out conditions. I replace them with fresh, vibrant, and abundant idea and ideals. I am alive, alert, and aware. I walk in the paths of fairness, right action, and gratitude.
I align myself consciously and deliberately with the Supreme. I am a child of the universe, and am filled with the faith God is in charge of my life. It is my will to align with The Will.
Inspiration: We seek, through prayer and meditation, to improve our conscious contact with God (as we understand the concept). Praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry it out. — Number Eleven in Alcoholics Anonymous
• Praying is an efficient way to clarify our understanding of our intended needs and concepts.
• In order for a prayer to be effective, we must first possess, and have honestly aspired to, the qualities of industriousness, stamina, surrender, decisiveness, dedication, wisdom, and faith.
Comment: The sincere motive of your prayer is the payload; your faith is the propellant sending it swiftly and surely to an eager Divine Source. You will get what you need since God is infinitely generous, with an unlimited supply of goodness, truth, mercy, or any positive quality.
Prayer changes, expands, and clarifies your attitude and insight.
Types of Prayers:
• Adoration, Praise
• Forgiveness, Contrition
• Submission, Acceptance
• Thankfulness, Gratefulness, Appreciative
• Wishful, Needful, Helpful, Petitionary
• Affirming, Knowing
• Aligning, Faithful
Note: Denial should be meshed with an affirming prayer, such as, “I will not accept this negative situation. I know Divine Order will prevail, and I accept God’s structure. The evil here does not touch me, but I will learn from it.”
Experience: When I used to hitchhike, I would not fret and worry about the next ride or when I would get it. I would instead build up a prayer to give to the next person kind enough to bring me down the road. I would do this by being conscious of all that was happening to me and around me. I would add special inner prayer wishes for the good of the person who finally opened their door, and thus their heart, to me. As each driver approached, I would mentally let them know a wealth of good energy would be theirs if they chose to pick me up.
I did not often get rides from female drivers, but one time, while I was using this technique, I did. She was amazed that she had stopped. I told her why and we had a very nice conversation about the important things in life.
Symbols: 1) the eagle; 2) the bow and arrow
Legendary Object: A Japanese legend holds that the crane lives for a thousand years, and your prayer will come true if you fold a thousand paper cranes.
Mythological Figure: Sandalphon, in Jewish mythology, one of three angels who receive prayers from the faithful and weave them into crowns