Why We Must Pray
All too many walk around guide-less, trying to do this thing called life without any sharing, vulnerability to open up, express, and receive help. Guess what, we all need help.
How do I know?
I have had intimate relationships and conversations with people for 20 years. All people have hurts and get lost. People tell me things. I share things. I guess you could say in my salon chair, we have had our own mini version of a support group.
One day, a very wise client shared with me how she had been struggling with a particular issue. Her close friend and confidante was not in the mood to hear about it. She had no other recourse but to take it to God. She soon discovered that she was meant to do this one with God in the first place. I had started to share something of grave concern in my own life. It was her sweet way of letting me know that sometimes we take things to God alone. She was right, for I had felt the Divine urging me to quit talking about my woes, for my chatter was perpetuating the hurt and not leading me to healing it. I needed Divine intervention. My ego was battling and winning, and I knew that was never good.
I began to pray about my situation. I wanted to heal quickly, so I prayed a lot. My prayer came in the form of writing in my journal, singing hymns while I hiked, reciting everything I am grateful for, and completely surrendering to the Divine. “I cannot do this. Take it from me. Carry my burdens and give me rest.”
Peace came fast. There is something magical about surrendering in prayer. The act alone starts the healing. I promise. When we relinquish our control and our stubborn attachments to all kinds of things, it makes room for the Divine to work. Seriously, we often get in the way of our own blessings with our temper tantrums and resistance. I guarantee, God’s answer is much better than ours. Always.
Awesome Things Prayer Does:
1. It healthfully humbles us. We recognize our frailty, vulnerability, and our need for help.
2. After it humbles us, it empowers us. The peace that comes from our humility produces divine power. Wisdom and love come. We suddenly have patience and understanding.
3. It causes us to stop and reflect. We can see where we strayed and where we can be better. Too often, we skip prayer and thus skip looking at our actions that contribute to our challenges.
4. It forces us to be accountable. Many of us stay super busy so we don’t have to reflect and then become accountable. These 2 traits are imperative for any soul growth.
5. It causes us to seek forgiveness for ourselves and others. Forgiveness is truly the key to peace and joy. Resentment and anger are joy stealers. They are heavy energies in us that kill love. The prayer to forgive is the ultimate life saver.
How Do We Pray?
Talk to God as we would a friend. If we don’t have words, say, “I surrender.” Repeat all the good in our lives. Voice all the abundance and leave all thoughts of lack behind. Speak sacred texts or mantras. Any means to begin to shift our attention from ourselves and our pain to God’s perfection and wholeness. If we are frustrated about the actions of another person toward us, pray that we can see that person as God sees them. Pray that we can give them grace as God gives us grace. We falter too, and yet God loves and forgives us.
I wish for you a wonderful prayer life. Watch as your countenance and life transforms into more and more beauty and love all around.
Sunshine & Smiles,