The power of prayer is so profound that it can assuage our emotions. It calms the mind, dilutes all our worries, gives an anchor to fears and endows us with a remarkable peace of mind.
Emotional strength that it fosters can be comprehended slowly, with perpetual and persistent efforts to nurture the habit of prayer.
This habit is not very easy to form unless it is imbibed in childhood.
Is there any hard and fast rule for prayer? If any, I have never followed any.
Prayer is not just a religious service on regular basis. It is also not a ‘request for help addressed to God.’ Often such requests fall flat.
True prayer comes from within only when we get acquainted with the light that glows in our heart. Only when it becomes ‘a longing of the soul’ does it become effective.
“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” – John Bunyan
Prayer comes most naturally to our mind when we feel its need and its amazing power unfolds itself when it enriches all our emotions.
This is a wonderful emotion but it lies dormant till it is nudged. When we pray we become modest. We learn to submit and acknowledge that certain situations are beyond our control. The conceited efforts of trying to sort out all our problems, the brashness to establish supremacy and the urge to control everybody with our authoritarian attitude melts with prayer.
Prayer and patience are natural pals. When we pray, we know that we have to wait, let the power of prayer transcend beyond our mind, we know it can elevate us out of disappointments. It distracts our mind from our failures and refocuses it on fresh possibilities. It enthuses us to adopt better ways of approaching our complications and never lose hope.
When we lose all hopes, we turn to prayer. The platform of hope gets elevated when we feel connected with the divine power. This link provides us with the confidence to deal with negative emotions, keep all our fears away, feel the need for introspection and rekindle the desire to be optimistic. The reassurance that we feel is unique.
We may have used this word a number of times to express our gratefulness but the real meaning reveals itself only when we start believing in prayer. Learning to pray and having faith in that prayer are two different levels, which are achieved after having experienced both. The first prayer that I learnt much later than questioning His injustice and apathy is…‘thank you God for all that I have, all the privileges that you have bestowed on me.’
We detest anger; try to deal with it in our own way yet we keep meeting it in different forms and faces. If you are prone to anger, prayer is an enigmatic antidote. It possesses the power to pacify this aggressive emotion, it offers a fresh perspective to think with a saner mind and slowly it steers us towards spiritual development.
Prayer mellows us down. It opens all those doors and windows of human communication, which we tend to close if we have some differences with our near and dear ones. Forgiveness, which seems too hard, comes naturally when we learn to pray.
We need not go to places of worship to pray. Any quiet corner in our home or the backyard can serve as a safe haven. I learnt this divine lesson when I taught ‘God Is Near’, an astonishingly convincing story by Dr. James Herriot. I was immensely moved by the inimitable attachment of an invalid lady who took care of her five old pets and felt God is near, watching our benevolence and affection.
The best prayer is the one that tranquilizes our sadness, connects us with our emotional well-being and helps us in living a life of our choice.
Do you believe in the emotional power of prayer? Has it made you emotionally balanced? I would love to hear your views.
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