Prayer 101

by Nneka Kelly

What is prayer? For me, it’s a way of talking to God, a way of speaking my desires into Consciousness, a way of communing with Spirit, a way of experiencing Oneness. That definition, of course, only leads to more questions. More than anything, it raises the question, “what is God, Consciousness, Spirit, Oneness?”

Talking to God

When I say that prayer is a way of talking to God, it implies that God is outside of me. That I am having a dialog with someone or something other than myself. For most of us, at some point, we see prayer as a conversation between ourselves and God. It’s like talking to a trusted friend or a loving parent. Prayers of petition, praise, and thanksgiving are especially that way. Sometimes, it just feels reassuring and peaceful to talk to God, to know that there is something there.

Speaking Desires Into Consciousness

What do I mean by Consciousness? Consciousness is the container of life. I use it interchangeably with the word God. However, when I think of consciousness, I conjure something more impersonal. It connotes the same meaning to me as the word Universe. When I think of God as Consciousness, I don’t see myself outside of it. I see myself, everyone, and everything as a part of it.

Prayer as speaking desires into consciousness is like putting in an order into the container that holds everything. This is the realm of the Law of Attraction and the Power of Intention.

Communing With Spirit

Another name for God that I use is Spirit. Spirit is the essence of everything including you and me. It’s the theological equivalent of energy. It cannot be created or destroyed, but is brought into form in us. We are here to experience and express Spirit.

Prayer as communion with Spirit is remembering yourself. It blurs into meditation, but can just as equally be your every move throughout the day. It is the dance of life. It is an every moment prayer.

Experiencing Oneness

When you live your life in pure Spirit expression and you recognize Divinity everywhere, you are praying as an experience of Oneness. I’ve only had glimpses of this myself, usually in a meditative state. However, Jesus and Buddha talked about this experience at length.

It is life as prayer, with no prayer at all. There is no prayer here because you know, in every sense of the word, that you are God in expression.

All prayer is a form of communication with the Divine, whether we see that as a person in Heaven, the Consciousness container, Spirit in everything around us, or the Divinity within us and as us. Prayer is our way of connecting with Spirit and calling into expression that which we desire.

What is prayer to you? I look forward to reading your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

In Spirit,
Nneka

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Rick Cockrum January 15, 2007 at 6:24 pm

Well said, Nneka!

When talking about prayer and meditation, I go back to the old saying that prayer is talking to god, while meditation is listening to god.

I especially like your point relating prayer to the law of attraction. It is said that we should pray without ceasing. Every thought we have is a prayer, so we all pray without ceasing anyway. The point is, to be more conscious of the process.

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