Why do most of our prayers fail? We hear of people who pray and they are given miraculous healings; but this is only a small minority. Statistically a small percentage will recover from a terminal illness. These miracles may not be the result of our prayer. Then why pray at all?
In the Heaven’s Truth Church (Tenrikyo), there are two things that must occur before our prayers our answered by God. We must be on the same frequency or mindset as God. This is a mind that is void of greed, arrogance, and self love. The second criteria is that the purpose of the prayer (intention) must coincide with God’s original purpose for the creation of mankind. In the Tip of the Writing Brush, it is stated that God created all mankind to live the joyous life.
We have a special prayer called the “Joyous Service” asking God to help others. It is this prayer that when we perform it without greed, arrogance, and self love, that God answers. God brings people to us so we can teach them this special prayer so that they can also pray for others. By the propagations of this service, it is foretold that eventually all mankind will live the joyous life.
This prayer unlike other religious prayer is not to acknowledge and glorify God, or a prophet. It is not about a master servant relationship, but more like a parent child relationship. We are asking God to help others. There is a true purpose in the Joyous Service. The Joyous Service becomes a means to communicate with God our desire for a joyous life for all mankind.