Prayer

 

‘When the world pushes you to your knees, you are in the perfect position to pray.’
 Rumi

‘Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.’
Mahatma Gandhi

Our Lord’s Prayer
(A translation directly from Aramaic into English (rather than from Aramaic to Greek to Latin to English)

O Cosmic Birther of all radiance and vibration!
Soften the ground of our being and carve out a space within us where your Presence can abide.

Fill us with your creativity so that we may be empowered to bear the fruit of your mission.
Let each of our actions bear fruit in accordance with our desire.
Endow us with the wisdom to produce and share what each being needs to grow and flourish.
Untie the tangled threads of destiny that bind us, as we release others from the entanglement of past mistakes.
Do not let us be seduced by that which would divert us from our true purpose, but illuminate the opportunities of the present moment.
For you are the ground and the fruitful vision, the birth-power and fulfillment, as all is gathered and made whole once again.

SPEAK TO US OF PRAYER.
‘You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
For what is prayer but the expansion of yourself into the living ether?
And if it is for your comfort to pour your darkness into space, it is also for your delight to pour forth the dawning of your heart.
And if you cannot but weep when your soul summons you to prayer, she should spur you again and yet again, though weeping, until you shall come laughing.
When you pray you rise to meet in the air those who are praying at very hour, and whom save in prayer you may not meet.
Therefore let your visit to that temple invisible be for naught but ecstasy and sweet communion.
For if you should enter the temple for no other purpose than asking you shall not receive:
And if you should enter into it to humble yourself you shall not be lifted.
Or even if you should enter into it to beg for the good of others you shall not be heard.
It is enough that you enter the temple invisible.

I cannot teach you how to pray in words.
God listens not to your words save when He Himself utters them through your lips.
And I cannot teach you the prayer of the seas and forests and the mountains.
But you who are born of the mountains and the forests and the seas can find their prayer in your heart,
And if you but listen in the stillness of the night you shall hear them saying in silence:
Our God, who art our winged self, it is thy will in us that willeth.
‘It is thy desire in us that desireth.
‘It is thy urge in us that would turn our nights, which are thine, into days, which are thine also.
‘We cannot ask thee for aught, for thou knowest our needs before they are born in us:
‘Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all.’
The Prophet. Kahlil Gibran

THE GREAT INVOCATION (1936)
Let the Forces of Light bring illumination to mankind.
Let the Spirit of Peace be spread abroad.
Let men of goodwill everywhere meet in a spirit of cooperation.
May forgiveness on the part of all men be the keynote of this time.
Let power attend the effort of the Great Ones.
So let it be, and help us to do our part.

THE GREAT INVOCATION (1945)
From the point of Light within the mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.

From the Centre where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men –
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the Centre which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

‘If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.’
Meister Eckhardt

Wakan Tanka

lakota

‘O Great Spirit help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence.’
Cherokee Prayer

‘May the outward and inward man be at one’.
Socrates asked for in the prayer from the Phaedrus.

‘I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness.’
Marianne Williamson