There are many forms of prayer and reasons why we pray. Prayer is the same as meditation and so forth. Just because there are many different meanings and languages for the word Prayer it does not mean that it is any different. A Rose is called many different names in many different languages but it is still a rose.
When someone of a different mindset or cultural upbringing or even a different religion people tell them that they will pray for them. What exactly do you pray for? Do you pray that they will come around to your way of thinking or that Your God will come and intercept their way of thinking to yours? Do you pray that they will see YOUR light?
When you do that you become selfish and prideful. We don't know how God is using the person whom doesn't believe as you do. We don't know what they have suffered through or where their life is leading. We don't know anything about them.
Jesus said Pride Goeth Before a Fall. When we impose our way of life or the ways that we have lived onto another person, it is pride.
In the orginial scripture the the Lord's Prayer did include the mother too and not only the father. The one that we have in the Bible is a shortened version of the one that Jesus taught the disciples. It was shortened because of time restraints, not because it was not to be said in full context.
When we pray we should be asking for what is right for that person and not what is right for you. God gave them life to lead just as he did you. If you read the Bible it says that God will never leave us and that sin is far from us. When we pray for the earth and the people that have ruined it, we shouldn't be praying negative prayers. Mother Nature knows what she is doing. We need to stay out of her way and pray that she does her business in a timely manner. If you take a look at nature, before it is going to storm most insects and animals will ot make a sound and will go away from the area. Why must we do the opposite? Why do we always want things to be in our ways. Why can't we just Let It Be and Let Live?
When you pray for me don't pray that I will see things your way or according to your rules. Pray for me that I see and do as I was and am supposed to be doing. If it be for healing, ask that the person has the tools to deal with whatever they are going through not necessarily that they heal. We don't know if they are supposed to have that condition in teaching others to do something different. We don't know if someone was supposed to use them to teach themselves or others through the things that that person is going through.
Saying prayers to be selfish is stopping humanity from growing.
The Original Lord's Prayer
The Prayer To Our Father
(in the original Aramaic)
"Oh Thou, from whom the breath of life comes,
who fills all realms of sound, light and vibration.
May Your light be experienced in my utmost holiest.
Your Heavenly Domain approaches.
Nehwê tzevjânach aikâna d'bwaschmâja af b'arha.
Let Your will come true - in the universe (all that vibrates)
just as on earth (that is material and dense).
Hawvlân lachma d'sûnkanân jaomâna.
Give us wisdom (understanding, assistance) for our daily need,
Waschboklân chaubên wachtahên aikâna
daf chnân schwoken l'chaijabên.
detach the fetters of faults that bind us, (karma)
like we let go the guilt of others.
Wela tachlân l'nesjuna
Let us not be lost in superficial things (materialism, common temptations),
ela patzân min bischa.
but let us be freed from that what keeps us off from our true purpose.
Metol dilachie malkutha wahaila wateschbuchta l'ahlâm almîn.
From You comes the all-working will, the lively strength to act,
the song that beautifies all and renews itself from age to age.
Sealed in trust, faith and truth.
(I confirm with my entire being)
Lords Prayer, from the original Aramaic
(Jesus spoke this language, not Hebrew or Greek)
Translation by Neil Douglas-Klotz in Prayers of the Cosmos
(Jesus spoke this language, not Hebrew or Greek)
O Birther! Father- Mother of the Cosmos
Focus your light within us - make it useful.
Create your reign of unity now-
through our fiery hearts and willing hands
Help us love beyond our ideals
and sprout acts of compassion for all creatures.
Animate the earth within us: we then
feel the Wisdom underneath supporting all.
Untangle the knots within
so that we can mend our hearts' simple ties to each other.
Don't let surface things delude us,
But free us from what holds us back from our true purpose.
Out of you, the astonishing fire,
Returning light and sound to the cosmos.
Lords Prayer, from Aramaic into Old English
Translation by G.J.R. Ouseley from The Gospel of the Holy
Our Father-Mother Who art above and within:
Hallowed be Thy Name in twofold Trinity.
In Wisdom, Love and Equity Thy Kingdom come to all.
Thy will be done, As in Heaven so in Earth.
Give us day by day to partake of Thy holy Bread, and the fruit of the living Vine.
As Thou dost forgive us our trespasses, so may we forgive others who trespass against us.
Shew upon us Thy goodness, that to others we may shew the same.
In the hour of temptation, deliver us from evil.
Are You Praying Right?
In the Bible, in Mathew, Jesus tells us exactly how to pray. I see so many Christians posting their prayers for all to read and see. It gets to be so bad that, I for one tend to ignore them now. I know that they have been “told” how to pray and when to pray and just how to go about the whole thing. I have seen people post about how often that they pray and this is all wrong. They obviously trust someone else to read that Bible for them and to tell them what it means and how to interpret it themselves. Well some of it is a personal interpretation. Jesus also said that it all starts with us. It starts with our thoughts and so prayer is also our thoughts and what we want others to do. That is not what Jesus was talking about. Most expect others to conform to their indoctrination or ways of believing. Jesus never said that we are to change another. He only said that we should watch what we think, say and do and not to judge others. So these are the rules of the game of prayer. I chose the Young’s Literal Translation because it is not so watered down like that newer versions are or that stem from a King that only waned some way to capitalize on people’s very thoughts and pockets.
“And when thou mayest pray, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites, because they love in the synagogues, and in the corners of the broad places -- standing -- to pray, that they may be seen of men; verily I say to you, that they have their reward.
But thou, when thou mayest pray, go into thy chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who [is] in secret, and thy Father who is seeing in secret, shall reward thee manifestly.
And -- praying -- ye may not use vain repetitions like the nations, for they think that in their much speaking they shall be heard, be ye not therefore like to them, for your Father doth know those things that ye have need of before your asking him…”
Go to your bedchambers and ask for forgiveness in judging others and trying to see things your own way and get that log out of your eye first. Their lives are set by themselves in what they want to learn in this life and not one of us are supposed to be just like another. We were not made to be like Robots. We are not The BORG, going around and assimilating everyone else into some mass Hive. We are not one in seven or 2 of eight.
Have a great Day and Love One Another As Your Self.
© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere