Definition of prayer
1 a (1): an address (as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought (2) : a set order of words used in praying
b: an earnest request or wish
2: the act or practice of praying to God or a god
3: a religious service consisting chiefly of prayers —often used in plural
4: something prayed for
5: a slight chance <haven’t got a prayer>
It’s interesting that the basis of ‘Prayer’ is that the person doing the ‘praying’ is always asking for something. It reminds me of the time when I titled my book, “It’s My Money & I Want It!” The story I tell, is when coming home every day, my wife would ask “What did you get me? What did you get me?” One day I said “Don’t you ever think of giving?” She said, sure: “What are you going to give me?” What are you going to give me?” I said “Why do you say things like that? And she said, because, It’s my money & I want it!”
The case in point is the one constant – The asking for something, be it from each other or from your chosen deity.
I’m not much for Bible knowledge, but I was always under the impression that somewhere in there, it says something about it being better to give then to receive. If that’s the case, why is it in prayer there is the asking? When does the ‘giving’ take place?
I get the feeling that if we, as individuals, gave more in every which way, than without having to ask, we would receive a lot more. Is your chosen deity there just so one could ask for things from that deity?
People ask (pray) for so many things. They ask for health problems to be cleared away. How about taking action to making a sincere effort to improve your eating habits? Or, is it easier to eat atrociously, blame your ill health on ‘bad luck’ and then pray to be healed?
People pray for improvement in their financial matters. Does anyone stop to think, that unless they absolutely have no food on the table and no roof over their heads, how much worse matters can get? It’s very important to be appreciative of what we already have.
People pray for a job they want or where they want to be living, or for a particular mate, and on and on. I cannot imagine the list. As a side note, what makes you think the job that you are praying for, is all what you think it is, or living in a particular place is exactly like you’re imagining it to be, or the mate is so wonderfully perfect for you? Start looking at the favorable qualities of where you live, or with whom you live or with your current employment and really assess it all.
How about a little less praying (asking) and starting to do more? Doesn’t it say somewhere that God (or whatever your personal belief is), helps those who help themselves?
How about looking around and instead of seeing what you don’t have, seeing everything you already have?
Do you really need more money to stop eating garbage food, or truly need to belong to a gym to exercise, or to enjoy the sun, the rain or enjoy your children, your mate, and always the display of nature all around you?
You can pray all you want, day and night, but it’s all for naught unless you start doing, giving and living a more heartfelt, joyful life with yourself and those around you – all within the very confines of your life, as it is here and now. Only then should you think of entertaining ‘prayer’ as an added ingredient for whatever your wishes may be.
It’s MY LIFE and MY COUNTRY & I want it, is the name
of the game.
‘It’s My Money & I Want It!’ is the name of my book .
Learn to stand up for yourself and not be
intimidated by the corporations
Harris Glasser – Author, Lecturer, Business &
Personal Consultant, Debt Settling
www.HarrisHelps.org “It’s My Money & I Want It!”
(More next week)