When I picked up this pen again to entertain this hobby of mine, little did I know how much work God wants to do with our souls. This is even truer when I started to allow Him into my creative room with the potency of prayer. I began to realize this as my desire for certain things slowly began to vanish the more I prayed. There has been a few days in between that I sought pleasure and profit, as it is instinct. It is easy to become intoxicated with the sweetness of the taste for things we write upon here and there. Yet now, with each passing day something I felt attached to, or desired in some way, slowly makes its exit from the daily agenda of my refreshed mentality. And I have been able to “let it all go” through prayer.
Prayer is the union of our mind and our will with God in an act of pure love bringing us into obscure contact with Him as He really is. The reason I like to pray is to renew and redevelop my mind from all of the trivial things that wrap around it. All the while letting go of my will. Prayer then infuses with the soul and then comes the direct intervention with God. I am beginning to think that the tremors that move through us as we pray is the soul communicating with God. The soul raises the whole process of the prayer’s progress above the level of our perceived landscape and it is possible that our spirit carries it to Him. It is then that my capacity for suffering seems to drain from my clogged mind, only to be filled with His infused light and love.
Before any of this begins, it is ordinary to labor with the proper preparation of prayer in our own way and with the help of His grace. It is by adding depth to our knowledge and love of God in all forms of prayer, that our will starts to set itself free from the attachment of our own created circumstance.
I have found that the best thing a beginner can do at the first inkling of spiritual osmosis is to develop discipline of the mind. This enables us to concentrate on a spiritual matter and get below the surface of its meaning and incorporate it into our own lives. By doing this we acquire the agility and freedom of mind, which helps us to find the light and warmth in the love of God.
People who pretend to think about God only during those fixed periods after their own cruel agenda has left them weak and stranded will never amount to anything in the spiritual life. In fact they will not even think of Him in the moment of prayer. They instead focus on themselves, which will not get them very far on the path to His Promised Land.
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
A few months ago I started to post in the sense of prayer. This I thought at first was to go against the grain of God. I must confess though, it has helped me when adjusting myself for extended moments of prayer. I recommend that all try it. You don’t need to post it for the world to see, but it helps if you spell out the direction you would like to go, then it can only be used as an instrument of His will. I now believe one hundred percent that writing is a form of prayer. The rhythmic effect of prayer will streamline its way into everyday when done consistent. It will trickle through the mind, and eventually cascade through your heart and soul.
Others may suppose that the function of prayer is to show us how to practice going about life with a virtuous understanding and to give us the courage and determination to do something in life. This is just another fruit to be plucked from the soul of a prayer, but it is just another step along the path.
The reason why prayer does not serve its true purpose in the lives of so many who try and practice it, is that they do not understand its true purpose. Some people—and this unfortunate—only pray for their well being, to get what they feel they deserve. Then there are those that believe by praying they will come to find out more about God. It is an elementary truth that prayer strengthens our convictions and allows us a deeper foundation of faith and understanding, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. It is but the threshold of prayer.
As we get closer to the truth we begin to see that prayer is meant to produce in us a greater love for God. Whether or not this concept is satisfactory to you depends entirely what you mean by loving God. If we think prayer has proved its point when it made us say we love God or feel that we love God, we may still be wrong.
Prayer is a dual discipline that has a dual function. First it is supposed to allow us sufficient control over our mind and its memory. This is what enables us to recollect ourselves and withdraw from all exterior challenges—with their activities, thoughts, and concerns of temporal existence.
Secondly, this is when prayer begins its ascent to Heaven above. It is the end result of the prayer that we start to become aware of the presence of God, as that vibration radiates from within, the tingling of the spine, this is when you know He is moving through you. And He aims to bring us to a state of constant companionship and loving attention to Him, and our utmost dependence on Him.
“Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not into your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your path straight.
The sole purpose of a prayer is this—to teach us how to work ourselves free from created things our minds have built up and our temporal concerns. Those in which we only find confusion and sorrow. Once we work to free ourselves from these. We will then enter into a conscious and loving contact with God in which we dispose ourselves from our wants and focus on our need for Him. This is done by praising Him every step of the way with the honor and love which He has now given to us through joy. Prayer is a dark path, in which nothing but faith can be heard in the silent, joyful light of God’s will.
The success of prayer will not be measured by the great resolutions we make, or the emotions felt in the exterior senses. We have only prayed well, when we have come, to some extent, to realize God. Yet even that is not quite the thing either.
After all, anyone who has tried it is aware that the closer you get to God, the less question there can be of His will. The less there can be of realizing Him or anything about Him, the more we realize the path we are to walk is the one that infuses us with His light and His love.