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Prayer – a Gift from the Infinite

Many wonder: “How can we really pray? How does it work?” Indeed, prayer is a mystery: Do we really know who we are addressing? Behind the word God is a vast ocean of mystery!

Our mystics and sages have sought to convey some of their awe and love toward the Infinite, Supreme, all-encompassing, eternal Presence. They have taught us that this ocean of mystery is also the loving, compassionate Presence of the Almighty One. They have sought to remind us that this Presence is silent, still, peaceful, gentle, yet it creates and sustains all our lives and the entire Universe at every moment!

This Presence transcends all creation; yet It keeps it all real and alive!

This Presence is beyond all which we can see or sense; yet It eternally plays Its melodies over the harp of our soul.

Who can tell the secret of prayer? What is this power that can manifest blessed outcomes in such a spontaneous, natural way, as with a child requesting food and love from father or mother?

How can we understand the mysteries behind the world of prayer?

What is this power that will restore health, heal relationships, bring peace and strength, open the gates of inspiration and sustenance? What is this power of intercession that brought the last two World Wars to an end? What is now preventing a nuclear holocaust? What caused the colossal communist regime in Russia to fall apart without violence in 1988? What is miraculously protecting the Holy Land of Israel every day in ways we have no comprehension of? Without divine protection from the highest Source, mankind would soon destroy itself or make life simply unbearable. But there is help from Heaven because enough people are wholeheartedly reaching out for the divine Source of all kindness and Life and praying for protection.

What is Prayer?

Prayer is remembering we are not alone – Remembering there is a Power, a compassionate, all knowing Presence always here supporting our life at every moment,

Remembering we can ask for help, protection and guidance,

Asking for freedom from our fears,

Asking to be conscious of our immense potential, conscious of the infinite, loving kindness of the Presence of God.

Prayer is calling for the highest blessings for our world and all those who touch our lives, Realizing God is here to answer us,

Realizing God knows our needs even before we ask and is delighted when we ask for help, Realizing God’s overflowing desire to bless us, learning to open our minds to these blessings, Realizing God’s will for us is in accordance with a cosmic divine plan touching eternity.

Being grateful, Knowing all our prayers are answered even when the answer is not always seen, not always the way we anticipated.

Prayer is remembering we are God’s children, Prayer is remembering our need for true joy, for mercy, for all good, Prayer helps us remember who we are in truth: precious souls from Infinite, blissful, loving Realms. Remembering our longing to express who we truly are.

Prayer is reaching out to the Presence of the Eternal One, our magnanimous loving companion and sustainer,

 

 

Gratefully watching our process of growth unfolding through this wonderful companionship. Prayer is surrendering all our hurts, fears, jealousies, disappointments, rage and sadness and placing them in the healing flow – from the Supreme Source, to be transmuted. Watching them being dissolved quietly, peacefully, as we let God take charge.

Prayer is:

Communing with the heart and soul longings of others,

Blessing them with all good from Heaven,

Being enfolded in grace, in serenity, realizing that this good is a gift inherent to us,

Sharing it with those we want to help and comfort.

Trusting that, this good is always here to be manifested.

Prayer is sensing the awesome Presence of the eternal, supreme One. This Presence surrounds and infuses us. It graces us and blesses us. This Presence is giving us life and ever renewed opportunities for experience and choice on the playground of planet earth that is created for us. Prayer is asking the awesome One to flow His healing influx through us,

 

Prayer is gratefully watching His secret patterns of perfection vibrating through every muscle and bone, gland and artery, nerve and cell and molecular structure of our physical frame

Prayer is feeling this awesome Presence breathing through us, beating our heart, playing its gentle pulsations of life through us.

Prayer is rejoicing with the sacredness, the inner bliss of life. Being enraptured with the divine eternal love, which is strengthening us, nourishing us with beautiful energy, endowing us with the freedom to choose our thoughts and actions and to create through them. We are grateful to all, for our awareness destined to expand into glorious realms of joy.

Contemplative prayer is learning to listen to the intuitive voice of our soul, trusting it, again and again, following its gentle promptings, acting on them with love, trusting that whatever will happen will be only for a blessing.

Active prayer is feeling joyful enthusiasm while taking care of others in need, welcoming them, blessing them, being playful, joking and laughing with them.

Compassionate prayer is listening to others with a full heart, caring and supporting them, showing real concern, compassion and respect. Prayer is loving them.

Insightful prayer is asking for clarity and focus in listening to inner guidance, following it, and courageously acting on it.

 

Dedicated prayer is asking for the strength to stand on the front lines,

To be a faithful servant of God and a friend to all, Calling for help, while engaged in teaching, guiding, assisting, counseling, loving, blessing. Trusting in the help, and being grateful for it.

 

Prayer is simply love in action in our heart, our mind and in every activity of our many days.

It is, tasting the joy, ecstasy, bliss, celebration, from realms on High,

It is tenderness, compassion, friendship, care, Prayer is holding in our heart those we love, entrusting them in the hands of the Supreme One, Creating a powerful, life-giving, sacred bond of oneness, with them and with the loving Presence of God.

Prayer allows us to become: A channel of divine Light… Loving kindness in action… Radiant peace…

Blissful purpose…

We can begin to understand God by seeking to emulate some of His divine qualities in our own lives: such as the bliss of loving kindness, peace and harmony. We can focus on the passion of creativity, with perseverance and strength. We can learn healing wisdom, we can choose empathy and compassion, and so much more. Our immense privilege is that we can manifest these qualities in some way or another in our lives, because our true inner self was created in the image of the Divine Presence. Our soul is a fiery, eternal spark from the cosmic, creative Source. We can always begin again through prayer.

 

What is this mysterious potential of ours, called prayer? How is it that with some people, it is enormously powerful? Why don’t we use our faculties?

 

Throughout history our many great sages, holy men and women, giants of the soul and spirit, as well as myriads of average, simple people prayed constantly.

 

Some have been able to express a bit of their inner experiences with prayer, which give us a glimpse into what prayer meant to them. Each had their own unique approach. Their prayers are so beautiful and touch the heart of countless people privileged to hear them.

Some prayers might inspire you to write down your own soulful yearnings in prayer. Doing this is like taking an elevator to higher realms of awareness.

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Prayer is merging our will with the Divine glorious, ever beneficent will, entrusting our requests and needs into the inscrutable, masterful plans of the Eternal One, designed for our highest blessings.

Prayer is loving God with all our heart and soul, with our utmost intensity,

Loving God’s awesome mastery being reflected in Creation,

Loving God’s creativity manifesting in the beauty of a blossom, in the majesty of nature and in the intricate designs of cellular structures.

Loving God’s stupendous creative power revealed in the countless worlds filling our heavens.

Loving God’s generous bounties that lovingly support life in a myriad ways, Loving God’s kindness, which faithfully nourishes and strengthens our own lives, so that we may awaken to eternal truth and learn to live in utmost joy.

 

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Prayer is singing and dancing ecstatically in the awareness of God’s Presence,

Entrusting all our life situations into the hands of our Eternal Friend here to help, Trusting, trusting like a child curling up in Mother’s loving arms, Feeling comforted, revived, reassured, nourished and guided.

 

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Prayer is asking for heavenly wisdom in our mind and heart, Recognizing and rejoicing in the perfect designs of our destinies and purpose.

Prayer is lifting our inner being to the Supreme Eternal One, drawing close, Focusing deeper, and deeper again, Blessing the entrancing beauty of the Holy Presence, capturing glimpses of fiery bliss, Feeling purified, renewed, regenerated.

Prayer opens the gates of knowledge:

Knowing divine companionship is ever present with us, Opening our heart, opening our awareness to this constant, loving Presence, Knowing our true identity as magnificent, fiery souls originating from the source of infinite Light and Good, Knowing we are created to manifest this Light into our lives, this bounty of goodness and kindness and precious, joyful life energy, Knowing we can awaken our dormant faculties, we can choose to revive, to forgive, to let go of our petty insecurities, jealousies and fears, We can choose to transmute our challenges into the blessings of growth, inner strength, courage, determination and wisdom.

Knowing we can heal, we are meant to heal,

Realizing our healing is already waiting to be received in our heart and mind.

 


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A young man learning in Yeshiva is engaged to a wonderful young lady from wealthy home. The father is upset. How is this guy going to make a living? So he takes him into his office to interview him while the mother and the future bride wait nervously outside. The father says, “How do you intend to make a living?” “G-d will provide,” answers the young man. “Well, my daughter’s needs are great; she was brought up that way.” “G-d will provide,” comes the reply. “How about a house? She needs a big house.” “G-d will provide.””How about clothes? She’s used to expensive, elegant dressing.” “G-d will provide.” The father comes out of the interview and the mother and daughter anxiously inquire, “So what do you think?” “Why, he’s a very fine young man. He thinks I’m G-d!”