How Do We Pray & To Whom?

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Who exactly, will we be communicating with? Something outside ourselves? Something within ourselves? Or perhaps some form of combined energy emanating from us all? In any event, invisible help does seem to be available and it doesn’t appear to be necessary to define it before relating to it.

If you don’t really believe in such a phenomenon, yet feel in need of help, then try imagining that such help exists and give it whatever name seems appropriate to you.

Prayer is a form of conscious communication that anyone can engage in at any time of the day or night. It includes asking and discussing, waiting and listening, and expressing gratitude. Most often we communicate with an Invisible Presence unconsciously – in other words, we don’t realise we are doing it, with the result that what comes to us in life arrives by accident rather than design.

Sometimes we feel lonely, unsupported, disappointed, bewildered, broken, maybe bereaved, or distressed by a failed relationship. The remarkable thing is, that whomever or whatever this Presence is, it is always there and never leaves us. It’s consistent. We have only to remember it and it’s there – it just seems to be waiting for us to acknowledge its existence so it can lend a hand.

william-holmanhuntAre you familiar with the famous and symbolic painting “The Light of the World” by the pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt?

The allegory chosen for the painting is found in the Book of Revelation:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me”.

In this painting we see the “Light of the World” as a representation of an Invisible Presence that is knocking at our door and receiving no response. And why isn’t there a response? Perhaps it’s because we are unaware that such a Presence exists or maybe our lives are so hectic that even if we do have a glimmer of awareness from time to time, we simply forget.

Perhaps you imagine, or feel you have learnt from experience, that your prayers don’t get answered. The truth is, there are many reasons why prayer is not answered. The more obvious being that our expectations are unrealistic or undesirable. And the answer to some requests is quite simply “no”. We can’t always have what we want. It isn’t always appropriate and later we may come to see why something was withheld.

We all try to teach children to say please and thank you … to show gratitude. Well, our relationship with this Invisible Presence is no different. It’s important to remember to say thank you for each and every fortunate experience we have and everything received.

Consider, for a moment, all the things to be grateful for. If we are fortunate to have all your physical attributes sound and in good order, then we can be thankful for the fact that we can see, we can hear, our mouths work well so we can speak, and can eat and drink without difficulty. We can get up out of a chair unaided and can walk. We can open a door and go into another room or take a walk outside – some people are not in that fortunate position. There is so much to be grateful for even when we are passing through challenging times.

Whenever we achieve anything, or receive anything, consider that it may not be solely attributable to our own efforts. Whether or not we realise it, it does appear that our life is a partnership with an Invisible Force that is infinitely more clever than we are. So it’s important to remember when congratulating ourselves on our achievements TO ALSO thank this mysterious Invisible Presence for the part it has played in our good fortune.

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