What to pray for?
The answer to this question might seem obvious to some people – “For whatever I want!” They would be wrong. As my wife, Alyson, puts it: “You can get what you want, but do you want what you get?” We should not pray for whatever we want because whatever we want is not always good for us.
Spiritual growth, and the happiness that comes with it, is not the result of satisfying the basic desires we have at present, but of training ourselves to focus on those desires that are spiritual in nature. With this approach, our more basic desires will gradually be transmuted into something higher – a purer expression of love. Easier said than done!
To do something wrong in the physical world is one thing, but to do something wrong through an invocation of the subtle forces of nature is quite another. This is known as black magic – using the sea of mind energy for harmful purposes.
Types of prayer to avoid include:
- Any selfish or materialistic prayer, e.g., praying that you, or even your best friend, win the lottery so as to be able to afford a new Ferrari.
- Any prayer that affects someone else’s free will, e.g., praying that someone falls in love with you, or that someone changes their political views to concord with your own.
- Any prayer that causes someone else harm. This is not limited to a black magic rite, e.g., requesting that something bad happen to someone, but refers to any prayer that gives you something by denying it to another person, who may need or deserve it more. For example, it could be wrong to pray for promotion at work, if someone else is more deserving.
Positive prayers include:
- Praying for world peace and freedom.
- Praying for people engaged in spiritual work, e.g., genuine spiritual teachers, healers, aid workers, fire officers, and others doing similar jobs.
- Praying for the victims of catastrophes.
- Praying for yourself or someone else to be healed or inspired.
- Praying for something that is really needed to achieve a spiritual goal. For example, if you are running a hospital and you know that you need a certain amount of money or else the hospital will close and patients will suffer, this could be a legitimate use for prayer. Even though what you are praying for is materialistic, the motive is not materialistic at all, and that’s what counts.
Whether our prayers are good or bad, the energy used is always the same – the universal life force. The motive behind the prayer, the feeling that conditions it, determines whether the prayer is an act of white magic, black magic, or gray magic, which is somewhere between the two. For our own good, and for the good of others, we should always make our prayers whiter than white.
One way to ensure that your prayers do not inadvertently stray into gray or black magic is to request that whatever it is you are asking for happens providing it is God’s will. “God’s will”, which seems a rather vague, old-fashioned term, is a way of saying “for the ultimate good of all life” and you could use these words instead in your prayer, if you prefer.
When sending out energy in a cause such as world peace and freedom, you should not pray for anyone’s mind to be changed to a specific point of view. You should pray for people to be so inspired as to seek within, and find the courage and strength to listen to and follow the counsel of their higher selves, their own divine natures. You are sending them energy that they can use, if they consciously or, more likely, unconsciously decide to do so, to inspire themselves into doing what is right. In this way, the prayer is not trying to control anyone, but rather to free people from their own limitations and enable them to express their own spiritual motivations.
Enough theory – it’s time for a prayer, and why not start with one of the best? “The New Lord’s Prayer” is one of my favorites, and is a beautiful example of white magic, which I strongly recommend you to use.
Try saying this prayer as you perform this visualization technique. Notice how truly open-hearted the words are – a soulful plea for others to be guided and healed. Balancing this, towards the end, is a request for the person praying to receive strength and inspiration. Make the way you say this prayer match the words themselves – really allow yourself to express the power and feeling in every line.
THE NEW LORD’S PRAYER
Oh Divine and Wondrous Spirit!
Oh Everlasting Lord of Hosts!
Send forth, now, through me
Thy great and lasting Power.
Allow me, oh mighty God, the lasting privilege,
Of radiating to all the world Thy great Love,
So that those who suffer may be given the
Power and energy to rise above their weaknesses.
Oh mighty God, in great humility do I ask you
To send forth Your Power.
To give to me this great lasting privilege,
Of being a channel so that my suffering brothers
May be helped and guided and healed and
Lifted into Thy Light.
So that they who know not may look up,
And in doing so, receive through their Higher Selves,
Your Divine Counsel.
Oh mighty God, this day have you granted me,
A Divine privilege.
I ask you, now, to give to me the strength,
So that never again will I turn from my inner vision of you;
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
In praise of your Greatness, oh God,
Doth my Soul sing.
Grant it energy to sing on
Forever and forever.
Channelled by the Master Jesus through Dr George King in 1961
This extract has been taken from the book Prayer Energy. Exploring a wealth of traditions and outlining Dr. King’s brilliant technique of dynamic prayer, this beautifully-illustrated new hardback, by international bestselling author Richard Lawrence co-written with Mark Bennett, reveals a profound connection between positive thought and powerful change. Anyone purchasing this book will also receive a free copy of A Book of Sacred Prayers.
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About the authors
Richard Lawrence is the Executive Secretary of The Aetherius Society for Europe and a Bishop in The Aetherius Churches. He has devoted his life to the work of his Master and personal friend, Dr. George King (1919-1997), who founded the Society. He is also an international bestselling author of more than 10 books.
Mark Bennett is the co-author of two books, both of which he wrote with international bestselling author Richard Lawrence, namely Prayer Energy and Gods, Guides and Guardian Angels, which was voted “best book on spirituality 2007” by readers of Kindred Spirit magazine. He is the youngest International Director of The Aetherius Society, whose teachings he chose as his spiritual path at an early age.