By Gail Lynne Goodwin.
Each day millions of people around the world pray for something… perhaps a new job, a relationship, financial independence, glowing health, to hear God’s voice more clearly, or like yesterday when it’s Super Bowl Sunday, perhaps even for their team to win.
But how does God decide which prayers to answer and in what way?
Watch the Oscars or the Grammy Awards and most people thank God for their success. Does that mean that God doesn’t like the ones who didn’t win?
A few days ago I was flying from Salt Lake City to New York City for a very important meeting that could change the way we look at cancer. The woman to my right was disappointed that the flight was on time. She shared with me that she’d been praying that the flight would be canceled, so that she could continue her ski vacation. I mentioned that I’d been praying for the flight to be on time, due to an important meeting. As the flight took off, she smiled and said, “I guess God likes you more than me”. Obviously that’s not true, but just how does this work?
If a loved one is sick or hurt, we tell each other that we’ll pray for them. Do only those who get the most prayers heal?
On a day like yesterday when half the country prays for one team and the other half prays for the success of the other, is God counting votes? If the quarterback throws the perfect pass and the runningback catches it and scores, many will say, “Thank God!”. But if he misses the pass, is that God’s fault? I don’t think so.
So, what it this thing called prayer? Could it be that WE change when we pray? (And maybe, that’s the whole point.) Maybe it’s not about anything more than connecting to something greater than ourselves and knowing that whatever happens, it’s for the greater good. Maybe it’s about having a conversation with God and developing a friendship, rather than just coming with requests.
For me, prayer is the practice of connecting to the presence of God, Spirit, the Universe, or whatever you may call it. Asking in prayer for what we want in life, is an exercise in focus. We know from the Law of Attraction that what we focus on grows, and for me, prayer is simply focusing on that which we most want to create in life, in a close relationship with God.
What is prayer to you? Does it matter how many people pray for you when you’re ill? What happens if two people pray for the exact opposite thing to happen? How does God decide, or does God decide what happens? I invite you to share your thoughts below and perhaps we can learn something from one another. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for being a part of our InspireMeToday.com
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