Ever since I had a life-changing event occur as a result of praying for the first time in many years to a “god” I did not believe in, I have been a firm believer in the power of prayer. Around the same time, I began meditating as a result of a therapist showing me how mediation could help with many of the emotional issues I was dealing with at the time
In the last 18 months, both prayer and meditation became something I struggled with. It wasn’t I didn’t believe in it, I was just confused about what to pray for, and I was so filled with grief and pain seeing the love of my life suffer and slowly fade away that the only prayer I had was one of pleading – pleading for help, pleading for strength, and mostly that his pain would end.
An affirmative prayer is a beautiful tool, and some people can use it even in a dark night of the soul, but for me, when I am in pain and darkness, I turn to a prayer of surrender. Maybe that’s because the prayer years ago convinced me of a Power Greater than Myself and the power of prayer to relieve my pain.
Prayer works, but there is no one way to pray. I believe that prayers from the heart get us through the times in our life when we don’t know what to do or pray. There have also been times when the most effective prayer is not one of words but tears.
I believe those tears are a call for help and some peace, and they are always answered – sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly – but they are responded to, and that answer is somehow what is best for us whether we can see that or not. For that, I am genuinely grateful.
Quote of the Week
“It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without heart.”