Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Many Aspects of Prayer - Part 8 - Pain

In this eighth of the ten part series on prayer, William LePar’s spiritual source, The Council, gives further information on what they term as “prayer of activity.” In these examples the activity is a little different than what might normally be thought of as activity.

Questioner: When you said "prayer of activity," I get the idea that that should be charitable activity. What about offering pain or discomfort or maybe just even a boring task that you have to do, can you offer those things up in the same way?

The Council: Well, pain, a painful situation, suffering that one must endure can be offered up as an activity of prayer providing one is assuming that pain or accepting that pain in a humble manner. Do you understand?

Questioner: Well, not really because if I am in pain, I don't feel that I have any choice at that moment but to accept it.

The Council: Well, that is true, you accept it, but it is the attitude in which you accept it. Do you accept it begrudgingly saying, "This is all God's fault," or do you say, "I have this pain and it is here for a reason, and I am learning from it and thank God that I am; it could be worse"? You see, offering pain up with that attitude is very beneficial. Do you understand?

Questioner: Yes.

The Council: Also, a boring activity. If you are doing something, fulfilling your responsibility, say a responsibility of tending to a member of your family, an elderly member of your family, if you are tending to them completely or properly, even though you are bored to death with it and would rather do something else, but your persistence in it and your accepting that responsibility, if those activities with that attitude then are offered up as a form of prayer, then they are very acceptable. Does that answer your question?

Questioner: Yes, thank you.

The Council: There are so many ways to offer up good, powerful prayers that it would amaze you if you would just simply stop to think. There are so many ways of praying, but it is the attitude that you maintain during that process of prayer. Now, commonly people think of prayer as words or thoughts but activities are just as strong a prayer form as words are. Get up in the morning, each of you, and sit on the edge of your bed and say to yourselves, "I am going to do something good today." Give yourself a wide open pathway. Just say you are going to do something good today, and then see to it by the end of that day before you return to bed that you have done just one thing good, even a little thing good, then offer that day up as a form of prayer, a form of active prayer, for whomever may need it, whether it is someone you know or someone you do not know, it is every bit as strong and useful as someone saying prayers, verbal prayer. A good prayer, regardless of what form it takes, is not judged by the form that brings it into being.

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