The Inner Habit of Prayer
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
To receive the guidance you want and need, you must set your ego mind aside at least momentarily long enough for spiritual inspiration to drop in naturally.
To me, this is like being online on the internet – you get online long enough to receive the information you need. Then you get off the computer and go act on whatever you needed insight about. You make the recipe, go to the store to pick up what you researched or share what you learned with your friends.
You live your life from this informed perspective.
One important way to maintain your inner alignment is to pray constantly throughout your day.
Prayer becomes not just a ritual but a practical tool for you because nothing gets your ego out of the way better than seeking truth from God.
Your ego is that part of your personality that focuses on troubles: your perceived challenges and the tragedy in the world, which, if you study yourself, end up being the same thing because the world you experience is an actual projection of your own inner experience.
When I take the time to listen to myself, I hear myself praying sometimes almost constantly.
My favorite mantra is the Lord’s Prayer. I find myself repeating it over and over, usually stumbling over the words until it feels completely true and clear to me on the inside.
It’s almost as if I am tuning myself so that I become in energetic alignment with every word, in which case the entire prayer flows easily from my heart and mind.
Here are a few other helpful prayers you can say for guidance:
“Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our
works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
“O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all our doubts
and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false
choices, and that in thy light we may see light, and in thy straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
“O creator past all telling,
you have appointed from the treasures of your wisdom
the hierarchies of angels,
disposing them in wondrous order
above the bright heavens,
and have so beautifully set out all parts of the universe.
You we call the true fount of wisdom
and the noble origin of all things.
Be pleased to shed
on the darkness of mind in which I was born,
The twofold beam of your light
and warmth to dispel my ignorance and sin.
You make eloquent the tongues of children.
Then instruct my speech
and touch my lips with graciousness.
Make me keen to understand, quick to learn,
able to remember;
make me delicate to interpret and ready to speak.
Guide my going in and going forward,
lead home my going forth.
You are true God and true man,
and live for ever and ever.”
Pray before you make any major decision. Perhaps these words won’t feel exactly right for you. In that case, drop into your heart and express what comes from your own deepest truth.
As you pray, you will feel yourself coming into the vibration of unconditional love and experience reverence for all living beings.