What prayers are effective?

What type of prayer is most receptive to God? Webster defines a prayer as an address (as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought. In history, there have been prayers for freedom from oppressors, prayers for victory in wars, prayers for freedom from disease (smallpox), etc. Today, we also pray for health, a good job, finding the right mate, etc. Sometime we even try to barter with God, asking for something in exchange for our actions. Many of the prayers are selfish prayers, but there are also sincere ones like during 9-11, and other tragedies, praying for the victims and their family. These are prayers deserving God’s acceptance.

In our religion, our prayer is unique in that we pray for God’ guidance to sweep the evils (greed, arrogance, and self love) from our minds. This is a prayer not asking for materialistic gains, or elevation in stature; but it is a prayer asking God to make us pure and good. In our prayer, there is also a middle part that reminds us that all mankind was created to live the joyous life.

In summary, a prayer asking God to make the heart pure and whole is quite in contrast to a prayer requesting worldly gains. The latter request is probably obvious to God without any type of conveyance; but the former comes from one’s heart. This prayer is sincere and  agrees with God’s intention of a joyous world. Our founder of our religion Oyasama (Parent) once stated that we should pray to adorn our minds than pray to adorn our bodies. It is this prayer that will eventually bring salvation and peace to the world.

About heaventruth

A fundamentalist in the translation and interpretation of the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), as it relates to the world today and in the future.
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