The spiritual practice of prayer can bring us to spiritual growth and self healing.
Prayer is one way to be with God. Through prayer we can find God in ourselves. We can ask for the guidance we need that we may not have at the moment. It is a form of meditation. It is a practice in ritual and more. It can mean something different to you than to me.
The most important thing I want to say about prayer in this post is to explore it, use it, practice it, and make it your own.
If you are anything like me, this this may be hard at first. I was raised up in a formal traditional religious upbringing where questioning our practices was not the thing to do. When I was taught how to pray, it was to be done in a typical way for particular reasons and considered to “count” more if it was done in a house of worship.
Today, prayer for me is an extremely powerful spiritual practice that I use in various ways for various reasons. Some of my prayers are very traditional, some are my very own words, some are beautiful poems or come from other traditions.
The prayer I’m sharing today is one that gives me strength and keeps me on purpose even on my most hopeless days.
This prayer helps keep doubt at bay.
I encourage you to suspend for just a moment any feelings, beliefs, experiences that you may have had with prayer and just listen to these words come off slowly and quietly off your lips.
Try to feel the goodness, the sweetness and purity of them. No hidden agendas. No dogma. Just honest heartfelt words that could come from anyone. You can even feel free to try on different words for a better fit. You can change the words to this prayer to fit you. Nothing will happen to you. It is okay. It is the intention behind the prayer that gives it its power.
St. Francis Of Assisi Prayer :
- Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
- where there is hatred, let me sow love;
- where there is injury, pardon;
- where there is doubt, faith;
- where there is despair, hope;
- where there is darkness, light;
- and where there is sadness, joy.
- O Divine Master,
- grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
- to be understood, as to understand;
- to be loved, as to love;
- for it is in giving that we receive,
- it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
- and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.