Question: What is prayer? Can you describe different forms of prayer? What power does prayer have, if any? How can prayer help the world and all of its inhabitants, today, here and now?
Answer: I see prayer as a way of aligning our soul/mind with the spirit/mind of God. It’s a way for us to center our energy on God (and others).
I’m not sure that I can describe different forms of prayer. For me personally, I have a running dialogue with God throughout the day. I mostly offer short gratitudes for whatever good things I feel blessed with in my daily life. I also have a time once a day where I go through a list of things that I’m thankful for. I don’t think that God needs this from us, to satisfy some sort of egotistical God-complex … but I like to practice it as a way of always keeping my energy aligned with God’s.
I think that there could be more to prayer, though I don’t have any concrete ideas or experiences in any ways other than personal. I believe that the energy of a group prayer could help in healing … I acknowledge the possibility of it, for sure. But I don’t have much to say about it, being that it’s outside of my experience.
I don’t believe that any souls need our prayers. My experience of God is that God loves us completely and unconditionally. “God is not a torturer.” “All is mercy.” (These two lines are from a move entitled, “Diary of a Country Priest,” and I believe them wholeheartedly.) But to remember people in our prayers I think is a good practice. And since God’s love (in my opinion) is unconditional, our intercession isn’t necessary or required.
Maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong, but that’s The Truth as I See It.