The Law of Prayer
The Twenty-third Spiritual Law of the Universe:
The Law of Prayer
Prayer is communicating with God. Whether we realise it or not, God is on the other end of the phone line, listening to us all the time. Every word and every thought we send along it is a prayer.
Worry is negative prayer. It is telling God how frightened you are. It also reinforces all the things that you don’t want to happen. Edgar Cayce said, “Why worry when you can pray?” meaning that we must direct our thoughts to Source in a positive, focused way.
The way you pray is important. Imagine you are a rich, powerful, omniscient king. Moreover, you have the highest interest of your people at heart. Every day there is a long line of supplicants wanting to talk to you.
There is a beggar, who whines and grovels, desperately abasing himself for money. He is an eternal victim and you know that if you grant his wish, he will spend it unwisely and tomorrow will be begging again.
The bargainer says, “If you’ll grant me this, I will work for you.” As an omniscient king you read his heart so he cannot fool you.
Then the manipulators come up to you shaking their fists. “I’ll be angry with you if you don’t give me a job.” “If you don’t help me I’ll kill myself.” “If you don’t give me a break I’ll give up completely, so there.” From your detached position on your throne are you likely to grant these requests?
Your next supplicant is a trickster. He’s shooting a line with a “Let’s see what I can get” attitude. He thinks a petition is worth a try but he has no intention of changing his way of life. Sorry, lad.
Following him comes a sad woman with a droopy face. “I don’t deserve anything. I’m a miserable sinner but please give it to me anyway.” You know that her pitifully low levels of self-worth and deservingness will insure that she will soon lose what you give her.
The greedy person follows her. “I want more, more, more.”
At last there is a person who looks you in the eye and says, “This is what I want to achieve. These are the plans I have already set into action. This is what I need from you.” You get off your throne and become a fully supporting partner.
Then there is the person who prays from her heart. Her prayers touch your heart. You respond to those prayers.
Another prays with purity of intention. These you grant.
So God does answer all prayers. Sometimes, mercifully for us, he says, “No.” Thankfully we do not get everything we pray for.
The Creator also answers prayers in a practical sort of way rather than with miracles. There is a well-known story about a devout man who was convinced that God would always save and protect him. One winter there were terrible storms in the area where he lived. The rain lashed unceasingly. When the downstairs of his house was flooded he moved upstairs. A boat passed by and the rescuers called out to him to get into it but he replied, “No, God will save me.” The floods grew higher and higher and he climbed on to the roof. A helicopter came by and sent down a rope for him but he refused to accept it. “No, I don’t need it. God will rescue me.”
He drowned and met St Peter at the pearly gates. The man said petulantly to St Peter, “Why didn’t God save me?” St Peter replied, “He sent a boat and a helicopter. What more did you want?” So look to the obvious and practical things in your life as the answers to your prayers.
The Law of Prayer is – ask, believing, and it is granted.
Faith is an active ingredient in bringing your prayers about.
The moment you have offered your prayer, start thanking God for it. Then prepare to receive what you have asked for. So, if you have ordered ten fruit trees from the warehouse in the Heavens, say thanks and then go and dig your ground, prepare the holes, buy in the right fertilisers and be ready for the fruit trees to come. Your faith will precipitate the arrival of the trees.
Many people pray without really expecting the prayer to be granted, so they take no action. What they do not realise is that faith activates a response from the Universe.
A man had just had a heart attack. As he recovered he said to his wife that he had always wanted to visit Australia and he really regretted that he had never been there. They did not have enough money so they prayed and thanked God for the money for him to go to Australia, knowing that God wanted him to have his heart’s desire. He phoned the travel agent and booked a ticket which had to be paid for within a few days. Next day a credit card, which they had not applied for, flopped through the door and he bought the ticket on it, knowing that he could pay it back over the next year. The wife laughed as she said, “Next time I’ll pray for the money to come in a way which doesn’t have to be paid back!”
When you ask for one or more people to pray with you and hold your vision, it strengthens the power of the prayer. A client asked Diana to pray for his son who was failing academically at school and being very disruptive. Six months later he wrote to Diana to thank her for the prayers. He said that an amazing change had come over his son who was now top of the class. He was also on the football team and his teacher had said that he was a pleasure to have in the form. Diana’s client also prayed daily for his son, while Diana was the anchor to who held faith. It is a very powerful combination.
Love wants you to have your heart’s desire. Love does not want his beloved to suffer. God is love. The block to receiving is at your end.
Many people pray for something but are then not prepared to receive what they asked for. Someone had asked for a car. A little while later an elderly aunt offered him her car and he was horrified. “I can’t accept your car,” he told her. It was only later that he realised that God was answering his prayer through his aunt.
People sometimes say that they have been praying for something for years but nothing happens. If it is a prayer for the collective, such as world peace or healing the ozone layer, your prayers are part of a continuous stream going to the Godhead and can be continued.
However, if you are praying for something personal, there is a time to get go. Imagine a little girl asking her dad to mend her doll. Every day she goes to him with her doll and asks him to look at it but she refused to let it go. She will not hand it over to the examined and mended. Clearly he cannot do anything about it until she is prepared to release it.
Say your prayer for a month or for however long it feels right and then stop for a while. It may come to you to change your prayer in some way. This is an indication that things have moved on for you.
Asking for something bad to happen to someone else or asking for victory over someone else is a mockery of prayer. The negative energy eventually boomerangs back to hit the sender.
When you offer a prayer, keep holding the vision of perfection. If you pray for peace, picture and feel peace coming about. If you pray for healing for someone, picture that person healthy and strong. But remember that death too is a healing. Always pray for the highest good to happen. The divine perspective is greater than yours.
Long complicated prayers or prayers by rote are not real prayers. They are often words to impress others. Prayer is simple, sincere, authentic and from the heart.
Pray from a calm, centred space. People often send Diana anguished letters telling how they desperately plead for help. It is very hard for the angels to get through a disturbed aura to give such help. So relax. Make your aura gold. Ask quietly and miracles tend to happen.
This is how to activate the Law of Prayer
- First ask.
- Then detach from the result.
- Thank God for responding.
- Hold your faith.
- Prepare for it to be granted.
Here is a well-known anonymous poem which sums up the efficacy of prayer:
I got up early one morning
And rushed right into the day
I had so much to accomplish
That I didn’t have time to pray
Problems just tumbled about me
And heavier came each task
“Why doesn’t God help me,” I wondered
He answered, “You didn’t ask.”
I wanted to see joy and beauty
But the day toiled on, grey and bleak
I wondered why God didn’t show me
He said, “But you didn’t ask.”
I tried to come into God’s presence
I used all my keys at the lock
God gently and loving chided,
“My child, you didn’t knock.”
I woke up early this morning
And paused before entering the day
I had so much to accomplish
That I had to take time to pray.
When you pray you are moving towards God
and God is moving twice as fast towards you.
Ask, believing, and it is already granted.
~ Accreditation: Diana Cooper ~