Question: What is Prayer and what is the point of Prayer?
Answer: In historic and mainstream Christianity, Prayer meant simply asking God (Spirit) for things. If you felt a lack, caused by you, by evil or caused by nothing, then you approached God and then he decided if you were to get the desired object or not and then you accepted what you thought his will was for you. That simple description sums up the usual view as well as rising early, singing badly to a God that was somehow present and hearing your daily life. That view is beginning to vanish and Churches, like many others are slowly beginning to change their opinion in favour of a more psychiatric God who is your friend and is reached through a brain instead of a mouth.
If we define God as a science or a set of universal laws which holds our existence then there is no Godhead to decide whether he will grant your wish in an Aladdin´s Lamp kind of a way. In this viewpoint, all which is of Spirit, is with us as well. If we accept the idea that Spirit cannot see lack, has no sense of time, space or human life and that our existence is in It (Him) completely then we can reform our ideas of how to pray. It should be noted though that there is no point in bringing “human things or issues” to It, for It cannot see them. Why would It? Human Life belongs to the world of dreams and is a law unto itself created by small minds which think they are the centre of their universe.
Prayer then is a commune with that Mind, a daily rerouting of ourselves and the little “I” to the big “I” which is God. This is achieved by silence and listening for set periods every day. Realising that the ego, poor health, sin sickness, death and lack are not God´s problems, they are ours and only exist in our own perception. In today´s world, silence is often called meditation although its simply a communion with Spirit for a few moments. In this space, we can redefine ourselves and our thinking about our existence. We can remember that the World is “good” and all of the qualities of God are our qualities too for He (It) made us. So Prayer is a realignment of our thought into what is real. In that place there is no room for illness hatred, sin, sickness or death.
It can also be noted that simple affirmations like “my Father and I are one” or oher illuminatory affirmations from the Bible or otherwise help us to see that we are not separate from God. As we grow in this practice, we learn to trust God more and not to panic about world affairs or personal issues. As that happens things like poor health and lack, vanish.
There may also be times when we need to “argue” mentally against opinions which are affecting us or those we know. Spirit however remains unchanged. These arguments are for our benefit to enrich our life experience. It should be noted that these “arguments” are not really about who we are but should be arguing about what God is “I am Gods perfect Child and cannot be sick” is rather futile since it goes no higher than the “me”. A better Prayer is “God is perfect, God is good , whole and healthy, therefore so am I”. All Prayer needs to be aimed at God not our own sense of sickness. Fear can feel very depleting at certain moments. So Prayer brings us into line with Spirit but does not change anything except our views and with that, comes peace, trust, joy, healing and love to a particular situation.
There are some people who prefer religious rituals and who likely will never leave those. For all people though, Spirit speaks to humanity daily and directly at every moment without Priest or Practitioner or intermediatary and It is there if we listen to It calling us to Love and to reflect the big “I” to establish God´s KIngdom on earth.
Prayer then, can be defined as not rushing to fix a situation, but learning what God would have us to do in a particular situation and learning how to hand things over to him without rushing to add human opinion, medical opinion or final judgement to an issue. When faced with a very strong imposing issue, like health or perceived lack, to eliminate the fear is always a good place to begin.