I’ve heard many stories told by friends, family and acquaintances where trouble came knocking on their door. They struggled greatly to overcome some obstacles and prayed harder than they had prayed before. Miraculously, God stepped in, carried them through their storm and removed their burden. The stories are many and great of the things that have been accomplished when we reach the end of our own effort and reached out to God.
The strange thing, however, is that once the hardship is over, many often go back to a life without prayer or any spiritual practice. The irony in this is that without fail we end up repeating this cycle over and over again. We go back to doing things on our own, completely forgetting our divine connection with our Higher power. To use a clichéd reference, we step back into the Matrix!
What if we lead a life of prayer? I don’t mean a life where you’re living in a monastery, separate from the world and on your knees constantly praying; truly, I can’t imagine that as a life that God would want us to live. However, if we walked each day in constant awareness of our Divine Help, what would life be like. What would it be like to look at the Creator as this ever-present companion, advisor, counselor or friend? What would our conversations be like?
For me, it has been like checking to make sure I’m walking in the right direction. I must admit that while there are times that I walk in this consciousness, there have also been times where I failed to do so. Whenever I find my connection is lost, I find myself hurriedly reestablishing that connection. It doesn’t take much to get me to the point of awareness of the disconnect anymore. I feel off-balanced when I’m not walking in this consciousness. Life suddenly gets chaotic again. You see, a life of prayer, meditation or any spiritual practice, changes you and makes it hard to go back to old habits.
Look at it as eating nothing but fruits and vegetables for a year; then going to eat a hamburger from McDonald’s. The body is in shock and will reject the change. As you return to your normal eating pattern, your body becomes calm again and settles back into the positive routine. This is what prayer does for the mind, body and spirit. It places you in alignment with the truth of who you are. Spiritual practice centers you and grounds you in the reality of the Divine Self. Prayer regulates the power of the Spirit. You no longer have a need for great power surges and failures in your system because you live in a constant state of flow.
In the book of 1 Thessalonians, we are encouraged to “pray without ceasing”, in doing this, we become a constant source of light, a stable and consistent manifestation of spirit. In doing this our lives will become filled with consistency. The storms are no longer so great, and the burdens become light. Consistent love, joy and peace become the norm and not the exception. I encourage you today that whatever spiritual practice you have, truly make it a daily practice so that the world can see the change in you!
Blessings to you on this day!