Challenging times often find us resorting to prayer.
We beg and beseech because we are at our wits end and need change.
We often think that those amongst us not praying, have no faith yet a quote by Marianne Williamson comes to mind:
While we ask God to guide us out of our dilemma, we worry that relief won’t come fast enough or “in time”. We don’t realize that the very act of worrying is a form of prayer that attracts to us, that which we do not want.
To worship, to pray…we must go beyond words.
You can mouth the words of a prayer all day long and just waste your time, unless you also speak with your heart. And to speak with your heart means to embody first.
- If you pray for love, be loving.
- If you pray for wealth, be generous.
- If you pray for health, practice health yourself.
The Peace Prayer
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Every day I say this prayer, and every day I fail, but like anything else, it’s a work in progress and I hope that eventually, I can sincerely embody it.