It sure is funny how people pray. Some people pray to God for the crops to come in. Others pray for a new Cadillac. Yet others pray for bad things to happen to those that have wronged them.
Have you ever been at a table when someone says grace, and they bless the food, then asks for good health, prosperity, healing for Aunt Bertha’s gout, and help with their mid-term exam tomorrow?
I thought about this again when I was at a friend’s house for dinner. She brought out the book, “The Prayer of Jabaz.” This was a book that she had given me a few months ago. I read it about half way through before I threw it away. I felt it had too much “lack” and limitation programming in it. (Now it should be noted, that this is a common occurrence for me. I did the same thing with the book by the Dalai Lama.)
The Jabaz book is centered on the premise that we should pray for more good from God. And not just more, but A LOT.
The book has caused quite a stir, with many fundamentalist ministers opposing the book, because they feel it promotes materialism. Many feel that it’s spiritual to be poor, and see wanting things as the work of Satan.
I hated the book, but for an entirely different reason. I see the book as another lack programming lesson from organized religion, based on the theory that man is a helpless, hapless, hopeless, sorry sinner – needing to pray to God to be “saved.” And somehow after they are saved, God will reward them with a new car, better job, more money, etc. This kind of thinking is all based on “original sin,” while I see it as original blessing.
The danger with the fundamentalist viewpoint is it is used by people as an excuse not to achieve the greatness they are capable of. (“If God wanted me to go to college, he would have given me the money.”) And many people also use it as an excuse not to admit that they are responsible for the outcomes in their life. They drink, smoke, take drugs, eat nothing but garbage, and exercise every four years whether they need it or not. Then when they get sick, they say, “God works in mysterious ways.” They rob a bank, then when they get caught and sent to prison, it’s, “the will of Allah.”
Bullshit. I believe that one of the greatest gifts we got from God was our rational mind, and free choice. And it is the choices we make that determine our outcomes - not God punishing us for being bad, or rewarding us for being good. We are co-creators in our lives.
Now maybe you don’t believe in God. I respect your viewpoint. But can you still see that your choices are what determines what happens to you? Call it Universal Law if you want, but the principles are the same.
Now the interesting part of all this, is that I do pray myself. But the funny thing is, I don’t pray for God’s sake, I pray for myself, and that of those I pray for. I just feel that if God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, he probably doesn’t need me to point out that I want the corn to come in this year. And it does seem a little presumptuous to ask for a better job, more money, or a ‘A’ in Biology.
When I pray for people, I do so because I believe that the actual act of doing so sends positive energy their way. And I believe that when five or ten people (or more) pray for someone, a Mastermind energy can occur. And not only do good things happen to the people you pray for, but good things happen for you.
Even though you are thinking positive thoughts for someone else, you benefit. Mainly, just because you’re thinking of something positive. And also because of the Law of Giving and Receiving, you’re sending out a lot of good, which will attract you back a lot of good.
During the course of this week, I want to look deeper at the issue of what happens in your mind, as you pray and affirm positive things. We’ll look at three-part prayers, and how the way and what you pray about, can program your subconscious mind. I especially want to explore the issue of how you develop a stronger prosperity consciousness to manifest great things in your life. And we will definitely look deeper at this issue of how the choices we make determine our outcomes, versus destiny, chance and the will of God.