What is “prayer?”

When I first started-out on my “spiritual quest,” I thought that prayer meant what I did when I got on my knees beside my bed and recited something I had memorized in CCD class but barely understood.  Wrong!  I have since learned that it is what I do any time that I talk to God in my mind, no matter what my body is doing, no matter where I am, no matter what is going on around me, and no matter how simple the words are.  To me, this made the whole idea of seeking to make conscious contact with my Higher Power a whole lot more do-able.  Although I do like to get on my knees each morning and ask God to help me stay abstinent another day and then thank Him for another day of abstinence the same way every night, I don’t feel like that is the only way I can talk to Him.  I just find that, as many in program have found, the act of kneeling reinforces the idea of humility.  But that does not mean that it is the only way it works.  Since, like many in program, I think of my Higher Power as an all-powerful being, I believe it is safe to assume that He does not require certain conditions in order to be able to hear me.  He is everywhere, including inside of me (just as your Higher Power is inside of you).  If we reach out to Him, He will always be there…for ALL of us…no matter how we do it.

March 6, 2012 This post was written by Categories: The Search For A Higher Power Tagged with:
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