What Is Prayer?

by Rosemary DiFlorio
(Mississauga, ON Canada)

Prayer is calling for God’s help

Prayer is asking for the answers
Whether in a chapel or amongst the trees
It is not important, just bend to our knees.

Prayer is nourishment for the soul
Prayer is the way to reach a goal
It is light in the darkness
It is strength for the weak
It is Grace bestowed
To the humble and meek.

We ask for forgiveness
For our sins of the day
We ask God to help us
And to teach us the way.

No questions unanswered
No thoughts go unheard
Just lift up your heart
He hears every word.

The wise become wiser
The hurt become healed
All fears seem to vanish
For they’re all unconcealed.

Copyright 2014 RJ DiFlorio

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Aug 23, 2015
Inspiring Poem
by: Anonymous

Lovely. Beautiful and inspiring!!!!

Aug 22, 2015
Power of Prayer
by: Marie

The poem reminds us the importance of prayer and the power it has to heal and help us.
Bravo Rosemary

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Prayer is a state of beingness

by Robert Gresak
(South Africa)

I find that often the use of prayer falls away and i simply enter into 'beingness' which is the closest term available.

One simply learns 'to be', a flowing into that
timeless 'moment' where everything of a temporal nature is resolved or dissolved into that 'beingness'.

It follows the long path of prayer meditation, study and invocation as well as service ( often of many years duration )and i always feel so very blessed and humble.

The path of prayer, meditation and service is of course the royal path to ascension as has been demonstrated and proved down the ages by all the Great Lords and Masters of the spiritual Hierarchy.

Note from webmaster Katherine T Owen

Thank you Robert. I relate to your words. :-)
What a joy it is to rest in God.

HERE there are no problems, and there is nothing to ask for.

I think King David spoke of being in this place of God when he wrote:

The Lord is my shepherd.
There is nothing I shall want.

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We are the answer to
our own prayers

by Shaun
(Swindon, UK)

Hi Katherine,

Something my prayer leader said in our prayer section today:
"We are the answer to our own prayers".

What do you think?

I am increasingly of the belief that it is within our capability to re-shape or transform our lives 'here on earth' under divine guidance into the "heaven" that we envisage ..........

Shaun x

Answer from webmaster and poet, Katherine T Owen

"We are the answer to our own prayers".

I think the statement has truth in it but is also potentially misleading.

For me, and in agreement with A Course In Miracles, there is only one problem - the belief that we are separate from God.

To use Bible language, the mistake is our belief that a loving God would really give us the choice to eat from a tree of good and evil that would banish us from Heaven. This could only happen in our imaginations.

If there is only one problem, therefore there is only one solution, one answer to prayer - the knowledge that we have never left God's love. In the moment of knowing God's love, any problem melts away.

Prayer can take us into that knowingness, and in that moment we experience peace. We come back and bring that peace a little more into our world.

Yes, sometimes the world changes physically, but it is the inner remembering and transformation that is the true answer - the external change is just an echo.

We are the answer to our own prayer only in the sense that this remembering takes a willingness to let God in. Only we can exercise that willingness and make the decision in each and every moment to let God decide for us.

As we are transformed by the renewing of our minds, so our experience of the “problem” we experienced is resolved and we return to peace

A great quote from A Course In Miracles to help us give up our sense of loss is:
“Everything God gives is mine forever.”
(I may be paraphrasing!)
We can say this whenever we experience lack or the fear of losing.

Or a bible quote would be:
“...be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?””
(Hebrews 13:5-6, Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV)

So yes, I agree that we have enormous influence over our external world and that we are asked as the Bible says to take dominion.

But above all, I would say:

“...seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness,
and all else will be added unto you.”
(Matthew 6, KJV)

Great question, Shaun. It is something I continue to pray for guidance about.

With the Love we are,

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Aug 22, 2015
Asking for what you want in prayer
by: Katherine T Owen

Beautiful prayer, Keith.
Thank you for giving me cause to read it.

It puts me in mind of two prayers that I say whenever I remember throughout the day… 3 prayers on reflection.

In the catholic church before the gospel we make a sign of the cross on our foreheads, lips and heart whilst saying
Christ be in my mind
and on my lips
and in my heart.

I say it each morning on waking.

(In NLP you learn that the power of information is enhanced the more senses are involved, and this 'kinesthetic' action of making a sign of the cross becomes powerful in itself in allowing one to access the sense of surrender.)

The other is a quote from A Course In Miracles.

"What would you have me do
Where would you have me go
What would you have me say... and to whom. "

Which of course is the same as the "Thy will be done" of the Our Father prayer.

There is another surrender quote from ACIM which I encountered recently which I know will really help me if I can remember to apply it!

"My function is to decide against deciding what I want in recognition that I do not know."

Wow! That's a radical step when we are fixed on a certain outcome being the right one and is in line with your intention not to ask for something specific.

Having said all that though, I do believe in asking for what we want in prayer.

My reason is this:
Sometimes when I catch my thoughts they are asking for what I DO NOT want, for example,
‘Here I am encountering this kind of relationship with someone again, finding myself upset by this kind of behaviour.’

If I examine my thoughts further I have an idea of the behaviour I would like.

Since I am already accidentally ‘asking’ for what I do not want, to ask in prayer for ‘what I do want’ seems to be a cancelling out of separation rather than an adding to it. At least what I ask for is more likely to be aligned with a peaceful outcome.

Also, there is much in the Bible to suggest that both surrender AND asking have their place. We are seeing what we see with our eyes, judging that as our reality, commenting on it, analysing it, despairing of it (or celebrating it) and thereby affirming that it IS reality.

To remember to ask, in spite of circumstances which suggest otherwise, for a reality not yet apparent can feel like an affirmation that the spiritual reality is the greater one and lead me to a real sense of peace and a return of my sense of humour!!!!

This return to peace is the treasure which tells me that ‘asking’ is something I personally need to do more of.

Thank you Keith as always for your words of wisdom :-)

With Love to all, Katherine

Aug 22, 2015
by: Keih

What an interesting discussion.

I used to meditate daily for up to a couple of hours but I soon realised, through being intentionally aware at the vibrational level of my being, that the states induced were the same as when I prayed.

I realised that even prayer was in fact a statement of separation! If I'm honest I used it to delude myself....just more righteously.

Nowadays I do still pray daily but my prayer is this:

Father live through me,
Breathe through me,
Be through me, in the only moment there is.
Be my eyes and everything I think I see.
My ears and everything I hear,
My nose and everything I smell,
My mouth and everything I taste,
My skin and everything I touch.
Father, be my heart and everything I Love,
My voice and everything I say, and in every moment be my mind and everything I think.

Amalgamation with God produces effects reflected in this idea of Life. To ask for God's help with what are ultimately illusory situations and desires only solidifies their reality in ones experience.

Life isn't meant to be divided into periods, some of which might be dedicated to prayer. Life should be a living prayer in every moment, a statement of truth, an experiential celebration of unity prior to being.

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Catholic Blog Parables

(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Dear Katherine,
This is a beautiful and well planned website. I like your prayers specially the prayer for leaders which I dedicated to my friend at Catholic Womens League.

I invite you to visit my website and blog –
Mary’s Pharmacy



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Dear Maria,
I visited your Catholic blog and very much enjoyed reading the parable of the unforgiving servant for the 16 August.

The parables are rich food for our spirit, always surprising, often seemingly contradictory, encouraging our minds to open to God and say: “OK, God, tell me....What does this mean for my life today?”

It is lovely to read the daily gospels and readings and the interpretations you share.

God Bless your day with an abundance of Joy,

Move from Catholic Blog to the Prayer for Leaders mentioned by Maria above.

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by Floriana Hall
(Akron, Ohio, USA)

Our mother taught us prayers when my two brothers and I were children. After I had an angel experience at seven years old, I started praying the rosary. If I pray fervently for a special favor from God for myself or others, the prayer is always answered in God's own way and so many times is exactly what I prayed for. Praying fervently means praying over and over for the same favor from God whether one is vaccuuming, resting, meditating or driving in the car. To this day, I say a rosary while I am driving. It seems to help me concentrate on my driving while praying. At 83 years old, I feel lucky to be able to see better again since I have new driving glasses. Macular degeneration is closing in on me but I am praying fervently that it does not accelerate. Perhaps there will be a cure for it in time. There is always hope and there is always prayer.

Floriana Hall

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John Wesley's Rule for Christian Living

by Shaun Butler
(Swindon, Wiltshire, UK)

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can.
As long as ever.....
You can.

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Apr 02, 2011
My thinking exactly
by: Floriana Hall

That is a great poem. It epitomizes what I have always believed. No matter what befalls, always do the best you can in every situation to help better your day and everyone else's day. What more could be expected of a human being? Just do the best you can! And keep on being the best person you can be!

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Prayer help me believe

by Jennifer
(Yucaipa, CA. US)

Please God help me believe.
There are so many things I see that point to you,
but I seem to be blinded for quite some time now and I'm scared.
I need you now.
Thank you.

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Dear Jennifer, thank you for your prayer-help me believe.
I feel the heartfelt power of its simplicity.

I know this prayer is creating a space in your mind and your life in which God will lead you to develop the spiritual discernment that allows belief to thrive.

I join my mind with yours for this outcome.

I do advise some kind of spiritual practice. We need spiritual discipline to create a space for belief amongst the chattering mind so attentive to this physical world.

You will find much about spiritual practice on the website
For example

Confessing spiritual quotes over your life can be a powerful way to correct your thoughts when they get lost in this world.

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Apr 20, 2013
God Bless
by: Anonymous

Your prayer has been answered.
You already believe, you wouldn't have asked God for help if you didn't believe.
Such faith is never ignored.

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