First, this is not about religion.
It is about giving Spirit the permission to “interfere” with your Free Will.
Free Will is so respected, that although you are literally surrounded by an incredible amount of Helpers (whatever you wish to call them – Spirit, Angels, Guides – the name doesn’t really matter), they do not interfere unless asked SPECIFICALLY.
You must ask, and in asking, you give permission for assistance.
The asking is not about begging.
It is about giving your permission for your Free Will to be interfered with by help.
The Helpers will not do your work for you – you still have to do the work. But you will get Help.
You can pray within your religion if you have one, and that is all very well and good, but you don’t have to have a religion for this.
Prayer is simply communicating with whatever higher divinity you believe in, in whatever way you find best for you.
It is a communication device between dimensions, between the physical dimension and the non-physical.
It is a comm-link, like making a phone call across dimensions.
In the way we speak of prayer here, there is no right or wrong way.
Simply put, it is asking for assistance from higher aspects of reality, and letting go of the way the answer or results are brought about for you.
Ask for strength, courage, faith, guidance, healing, understanding, help with negative thoughts – whatever you need.
You will receive exactly what you need in accordance with how much you choose it and are willing and open to receive it, in the most appropriate time and method.
You may not necessarily get what you want, but you will always get what you need.
Pray as often as you need help. For even the tiniest things.
You can do it in an instance, on the go, as you carry on with your life.
There is no ritual necessary, no right formula.
What is required is an honest, genuine intent expressed as a request for assistance of the kind you need.
I use prayer to get help with my mindfulness, with my “knowing thyself”, which is the key to transformation. I used to pray for stuff – like pray for money and all, but now I pray for self-knowledge. The stuff takes care of itself automatically as the self-knowledge increases, ad the freedom increases.
Here are some cool things to request help with when it comes to self-knowledge, this is what I use myself (I adopted these from A Course in Miracles):
- I have given everything I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place] all the meaning that it has for me. My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts. My thoughts are images that I have made. I am determined to see things differently, as they truly are in the Present. Above all else I want to see things differently. I am not the victim of the world I see. I have invented the world I see. There is another way of looking at the world. I could see peace instead of this. I will there be Light. Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved. Let me recognize my problems have been solved. Let me be still and listen to the truth. Truth will correct all errors in my mind. Let me remember I am one with my Creator. I will step back and let my Divinity lead the way. All things are lessons that Love would have me Remember. I accept all the help, in whatever form it takes. Word I Am Word through this intention, Word I Am Word.
That was a sample taken from the course, Radical Mindfulness Made Simple in 5 Easy Steps.