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Hi! I’m interested in hearing your take on the prayer. I haven’t been able to find satisfactory answers yet. C.S. Lewis’ essay on Prayer and Work makes the point that God has a general set of rules (causality–work) but will grant special favors if you plead him (prayer) so as to allow certain human agency in divine will. I’m not convinced by this view, as it ascribes onto God a very rigid human system of rules and exceptions like a workplace. Also if God is not bound by any rules, if he is pure love and forgiveness, then it follows there is no need for prayer–one of the points C.S. Lewis rebuked but in my mind never fully addressed. I’m wondering what do you think of the role of prayer in religious life, what’s its significance in human-God relations, and what is an effective way to pray (if there is one?) Thank you very much!
Prayer is absolutely essential. But you have to know what real prayer is. And that can be described simply, yet needs a lot of knowledge behind that to know why it is so.
Real prayer is from the soul. Read heart if you don’t know anything about the soul, as few do. You cannot pray from the mind for anything spiritually useful. Can I prove this to you? Yes I can, if you are willing to try the Great Experiment. If you try this experiment, as many have, and you make a real effort, not just lip-service, you will actually physically FEEL God’s reply. Then you will know I am right, and the arguments will stop. To be honest I am not really interested in arguments.
So what is the Great Experiment? As this is my first post i will try and link a web page here.
Well that did not work, so I will cut and paste the page:
The Great Experiment – how to physically experience God’s Love.
Have you got thirty minutes a day for the next three weeks? Is it worth about 10 hours work to demonstrate to you how to achieve at-onement with the Father? Is 10 hours much to ask to point you in the right direction? A direction that will serve you great happiness for all eternity! This is how to obtain “the peace that passeth all understanding.” Try the great experiment!
Three times a day, every day for the next three weeks, say the prayer as earnestly as you can. Focus on your soul crying out to the Father to send His Divine Love into your soul. The prayer is very beautiful, but it is the degree to which you can cry out from soul that will touch the Father. So you do not actually need any words at all, or simply make up your own if you prefer. Many people have felt this love, but were not sure what caused it to happen. It happens because you really managed to send your love to God.
How will you know that something is happening? You will feel something come into you. For me this was very close to a pain in the middle of my chest. This has subsided in more recent times, to more of a warm feeling, but there are still times when I feel almost pain. Many others report a sensation of warmness, and a feeling of being held close. The explanation as to why I felt pain initially, was that my soul was unable to process the amount of Divine Love that came to it. On this web site, I explore many approaches to feeling bliss. It is probably best known as “the peace that knows no understanding”, and the sensation is just wonderful.
Once you start to feel this, you have your answer. The Divine Love is there, all you have to do is keep on asking for more. How long? The rest of your mortal life, and all eternity when in spirit. That will get you to at-onement or through the Pearly Gates, and support you on every journey you take! But the benefits will flow into your life very rapidly, almost immediately. This Divine Love will truly change you forever. You will follow this path for all eternity.
Is this all? Yes and No. If you truly follow the spiritual path that will open up before you, you will live a good, loving and holy life. Sin will recede, and be something in the past. But you will have to keep up your prayers and keep your focus on the goal – the Celestial Heavens. However it will be relatively easy to do this, and the happiness and inner peace that you will experience on this earth life will also be great.
Please note that this experiment can be performed without any challenge to what you might currently believe. You do not even need to use the prayer suggested, but simply talk directly to the Creator, asking Him to send this gift. So even if you do not believe what we have to say on this web site, I implore you to try this experiment. Your life will change forever, I promise! What could be simpler?