Continuation of Prayer. As you may have gathered by now I think differently than many people. Some of what I’m about to write may seem very different. Please keep in mind that this isn’t a list of personal triumphs and past kudos. I’m simply trying to share new and additional outlooks of prayer. It’s not mine. I don’t own it. How I came to understand I don’t really know but I do know that all things are to God’s glory, not mine.
Thoughts are things and our every thought is in fact a prayer. From Prayer(101) I talked about the spontaneity of prayer, the sincerity of prayer, and gave permission for others to pray in the manner that seems best for them. I should point out that although I gave voice to a direct, spontaneous, improvised prayer I still believe that a method prayer, a memorized prayer and learned prayer are good and meaningful. Again I’m still saying the first thing I said which is you can pray any way that you want. I started praying a lot when I read something once that in essence said, “Worrying won’t help, the only time you should worry is when you can’t pray.“ I took that to heart and started praying after that. I prayed before, but after I read that, then I really started praying.
Since I don’t believe in Time & Space, since I believe that no one is lost and all are reuniting with God, I pray for everyone. I pray for my family, I pray for my loved ones, I pray for my supposed enemies. When I pray it can be at any Time(again remember theres’ no Time) or Space(no Space either). I pray as much for the dead as I do the living. Not just recently deceased, but people who have been dead for centuries. Sometimes by design, sometimes not. When I’m praying it sometimes just flows out and saying a prayer for anyone just comes to me. I pray for the deceased because they are still growing SPIRITUALLY. I pray for them because I don’t presume that they have been judged and well placed. I pray for them because they are still LIVING. The thing that we call death is just a door. In the hereafter death is called birth. It’s a new beginning for them, not the end. Inevitably I end up praying for famous and infamous people only because their names are widely known.
Some of the people who I’ve prayed for are Benjamin Franklin, Gregory Hines, JFK, Dizzy Gillespie, Sid Vicious, Ryan White, Joan of Arc, Billy the Kid, Walter Matthau, Clyde and Bonnie Parker, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Merton & Sir Thomas Moore. I feel pretty sure that many in the Hereafter are praying for us. Whomever you can think of to pray for is worthy. Good and Bad, Dead or Living, Right or Wrong. You can pray for anyone or anybody that ever was.
Allow me to recapitulate the message that I’ve been trying to communicate through all my posts. We are ONE. The past, the present, the future; this world and the hereafter, ALL IS ONE.
“Pray, and let God worry”
– Martin Luther