BY PAULO COELHO
I have have asked my readers to reflect upon “prayer” and write to my blog.
Amanto: The only true prayer is the one in which our heart burns with the presence of God. If you have prayed in this way, perfect! If you have prayed because you want something, or because of financial difficulties, you are just wasting your energies.
Marie: Lord, I just want to say “thank you”. That is enough to connect me to Your presence.
Warrior of running water: May all of you find happiness, and the reason for happiness. May all of you manage to shake off sadness, and the reason for sadness.
Florence: I always use the prayer of the third step of the Alcoholics Anonymous: “God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy Will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help.”
Nitoo: Being a Hindu, I use the universal prayer: from ignorance to blessing, from darkness to light, from mortal to immortal. Let peace come, let there come peace.
Salma: I am a Moslem, and I should pray five times a day, but I don’t. I believe that God is in everything I have received, in the faith I have, in the happiness that I can feel.
God is a secret garden where I sit down to talk about life, and prayer may be just a chat with someone, although we don’t always have the immediate answers.
We have the signs, and that is enough.
Pramado Kureel: Prayer is no more than sending an SMS (mobile telephone message) to God. It isn’t necessary to say a great deal, and it’s worth remembering: the message is free – as long as the intention is good.
Annamaria: This morning I received a message from a friend who lives thousands of kilometers away. I hadn’t heard from him for over a year, and all of a sudden there he was, right there in my electronic mail box: “I want you to know that you are loved, and that you are not alone”.
That was the prayer that illuminated my day.
Naved Shoaib: My favorite prayer is to climb onto the roof of my house and look at the sky. The firmament calms the mind and the soul, and it gives me the sensation that a superior power exists and that it is there for my sake, and that it loves me and knows that it is loved by me.
Smaragdus: Oh! mysterious and indescribable Presence, first and last in this Universe, kindle the flames of my soul and burn whatever is wrong. Clean my soul. Let me wash in Your brilliant light.
Free me from my past, cut my shackles. Let Unity be manifest in my life, because therein lies my strength.
Fill my chalice with Your presence, let me see through Your eyes, allow me to penetrate Your Mind.
Mari Raphael: Lord God, thank You for the grace of this new day! I don’t know what it has in store for me, but trustfully I deliver myself into Your hands. Let no harm come to me, to my family and my friends.
Watch over my steps. Illuminate my thoughts, my decisions and my attitudes. May all who come today to meet me leave with the comfort of a friendly word, the comfort of a smile and a gesture of affection, for these are the signs of Your presence in me. Amen.
Paulo Coelho: My favorite prayer is from Matthew 7;7: “Ask, and what you ask will be given you. Search, and you will find what you search for. Knock, and the door will open to you.”