Praying is done in many ways. Some fast, meditate or move their bodies systematically. Others sing, clap, jump and shout. As for me, I found talking to God and starting a conversation with him very life-changing. This is how I talk to him:
I wake up, make my bed and thank him for being alive to see another day. I tell him thank you that today is gonna be an amazing day. The best day of my life. I proceed with a touching prayer, the prayer I found when I watched one of Jesus movies: Our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever Amen.
I am muslim, but I find this short and simple prayer very powerful. It is full of meaning and everytime I pray it, I feel as if the world stopped to listen. It is a simple prayer because it asks God for food. This part of the prayer reminds me to be thankful for food and that is is God who gives me food and sustains me. Also, it makes me appreciate every bite and thank the food itself for nourishing me today. Another simple but profound part of this prayer is the part where it begs God to forgive us as we forgive others who have wronged us. This reminded me of that time Jesus said in one of the movies about his life, forgive and you shall be forgiven, judge not others and you shall not be judged. So in simple terms, in order to be forgiven by God, we need to forgive others. This is powerful because it changes everything I have known about people and God. I used to go to God to complain when others wrong me and ask him to punish them with swift justice. Little did I know that he is not a vengeful God, but he is merciful. He waits on me to repent of my sins and he welcomes me into his arms as if I never sinned a day in my life. If he could do that, why can’t we? This enlightened me and made me understand that the God of this world is one who loves all of us collectively. He cannot be happy if we hate on each other and resent this and that person. In fact, I noticed the moment a resentful thought about another person enters my mind, I lose the spiritual connection I had with God in that instant. It is as if God is everyone. So to be in him you have to be in everyone. If you start going away from some people, you remove yourself from his full presence. This collectiveness and interconnectedness is so true it blows your mind at first.
It is for this reason, I believe, if we wish for our prayers to be heard by God, we need to pray for all of us not just ourselves. So if I go before God to talk to him, I keep in mind the pronouns I use. I say we and us as much as I can. Help us,deliver us, bless us, forgive us, give us, and so on and so forth. I always relate my problems with what others in the world could be facing. So I make a point to ask God to help me as well as everyone in the world who is facing similar problems as me. I think it takes a certain level of bravery to forego our selfishness and to enter into a space where there is more than just our welfare on our mind.
Another powerful thing I have realized when it comes to prayer, ask for others to pray for you. So I normally ask the angels of God to pray for us. I ask also the prophets of God to pray for us, as well as animals, sun, moon, stars and everything that is in existence. I believe if everyone and everything in the heavens and on earth were to pray for us all, surely God would not miss that. In this moment, I pray for you and send love your way. May you always be nourished, nurtured and sustained in God’s infinite love and abundance. Amen.