How to get the most bang out of our prayer
Have you ever wondered how to make your prayers effective? Does praying with more people make the prayer more effective? How about a little donation to go along with the prayer? How about if we promise to do something in exchange for the prayer? Does the place of prayer make any difference? Is praying at a church more effective than your prayer in your bedroom? Are silent prayers more effective than vocalized prayers? What about our physical stance? Should we kneel, should we place our hand together during prayer? Should we pray to a location? Unfortunately there are no studies that will show us how to pray or what makes prayers effective. In one of our verses of our sacred book, there is a quote:
If you are a mind to save others single-heartedly,
I shall firmly accept you, even if you say nothing. 3-32
If we are to believe that God sees everything, and is able to monitor our mind, the purpose of prayer may not be to communicate with God. Then what is the purpose of prayer? Prayer makes us feel good. It gives us an outlet to get rid of our stress and worries. It also reinforces our belief in a loving God. Prayer reinforces our beliefs. In our religion, we pray to God to help us eliminate greed, arrogance and self-love from our minds. By the process of prayer, it gives us reinforcement to sweep these evils from our minds ourselves. Our prayer provides a conduit to spreading our teachings. The type of prayer also distinguishes religions from others.
So the next time you pray, pray not for yourselves, but pray for a joyous world. God wants a mind that cares for others. It is this mind that will reach heaven without saying a single word.
“Evil sweeping, save us please, Universal Saving God”