Non-religious Prayer

Discussion in 'Self Improvement' started by Indurian, Dec 26, 2019.

  1. Indurian

    Indurian Fapstronaut

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    Hi,

    Does anyone here have a regular prayer practice? I'm looking for a bit of of advice, from anyone, religious or non-religious, and would be greatful for any input. I've given a little background as follows...

    Prayer is not something that I grew up with, but I can see the potential benefits. I am particularly drawn to the following quote by Mother Teresa (my imited experience has lead me to the same conclusion) :

    “I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I'm supposed to do, what I can do. ... I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.”

    I've practiced a fair amount of meditation over the past 5-6 years and this has given me both an understanding of how my mind works, while also honing my concentration. As a consequence I no longer get lost in thought for long periods of time. These meditation sessions, over time, evolved into a witnessing of my thought processes, which were / are almost always negative in content!

    When I now sit down with the intention of thinking positive thoughts about a person / praying for them, I am met with a wall of negative energy / thoughts. I watch the negative thoughts produced about the person with impartiality but it is like wading through treacle. It's also difficult to generate positive thoughts about the person while this negative energy is in place. Does anyone else have similar experience along these lines? Is it just a case of persevering?

    Thanks for any advice
     
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  2. SuperPowers

    SuperPowers Fapstronaut

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    You wanna make wishes? Keep dreaming, it doesn't work like that, just pray to God and talk to God if you need to, and yeah i guess ask for help. There's no method, just put your hands together, even interlace them, and if you get tired, you don't even have to put your hands together, God is love, there should be no fear whatsover or you are worshiping a fake God, like a religious God, which is a fiction.
     
  3. Life_of_Socrates_777

    Life_of_Socrates_777 Fapstronaut

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    Depends on who you ask, I guess. Muslim, Jew, Catholic, Pentecostal, Hindu, agnostic, etc.

    I'm a Christian of the Roman Catholic variety. There are vocal prayers, there are mental prayers, there are liturgical prayers, group prayers, personal prayers, prayers using the bible, ..... Franciscan prayer, Dominican, Carmelite, Augustinian, and Ignatian prayer..... prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of petition, prayers of praise, prayers of sorrow, prayers that we say for other people ("intercession"), prayers asking for forgiveness, prayers of love, of hope, etc.....

    We also pray to God through the intercession of men and women who are already in heaven, like Mary, the apostles, and other saints. They are alive and are members of Christ's body.

    The number one thing I keep in mind when I pray is that it wouldn't be possible to pray unless God first gave me the grace to do so. The term I use for this is "prevenient grace" (you can look it up) and it basically means that our prayer is not something that we do on our own, it is already a response to the action of the Holy Spirit. Prayer begins with God's initiative, not ours. This gives me confidence that, no matter what I say, God already knows what is in my heart, and I can be honest and vulnerable before him. The point is not that we can change God through prayer, but that God changes us. We have confidence in him like we would in a fathe who loves us. We have a true friend and brother in Jesus, who dwells in our hearts with the Holy Spirit through love. The Triune God dwells within, and we have access to him always, even in the closed doors of our hearts.
     
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  4. Di.Do.555

    Di.Do.555 Fapstronaut

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    Prayers are the core of my existence .i wouldn't be the same man without prayers.
    I am non religious .
    I believe in God.
    I keep repeating the same prayer over and over and for months on end.
    I don't involve anyone in my prayers. It is not my job unless they ask me to.
    What you think is good for someone is detrimental to them and / or their progress.
    Connect with god / the universal intelligence and ask direct questions . U will get the answer - only 100% of the time.
     

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