What Are Living Prayers ?
We are all familiar with the traditional or classic style of prayer. You know - the pre-written ones. We commit those carefully penned words to memory and then whip them out in times of need, reflection or on ceremony. We do a quick recitation, summon up the deepest of sentiment and then pat ourselves on the back for being the highest of the devout. Even though the classic prayers were created with the best of Holy intention… they do have a flaw. It’s just too easy to intellectualize and then ritualize them.
We catch ourselves mindlessly speaking the words and haven’t given a thought to their meaning. Just like when we have been reading a paragraph in a book. Then we have to re-read it because we haven’t the slightest clue as to what it was talking about. We weren’t paying attention. We didn’t have our mind on what we were reading. The same is true of intellectualized prayers. We automatically speak the words and lose sight of the meaning of the prayer.
Please don’t get me wrong, the pre-written and spoken prayers do have their place. Also, I do agree with the preachers and ministers that Prayer is important. It’s just that, to pray using words and sentences, packed with enough potent emotion, is only one way to do it. I believe that there are more potent and natural prayers available to us other than the occasional Our Father or a properly prayed Rosary.
Now, given the nature of God, I’m very inclined to believe that prayer is more expansive than we have been led to believe so far. This is just because, God most likely works on a much more dynamic scale than our piddly wordy verbal Prayers can address. An omnipotent vast being of energy, intelligence and emotion would most likely have provided us with a more direct or viable means for us to communicate with Him.
I think this, simply because it makes sense. Since God is a vibrant living Celestial entity, I’m fairly certain that he doesn’t have a mouth “per sae”. Even though, throughout the Bible, God spoke to us in our language. I am forced to remember, we are the ones that made verbal language on (and for) our level here on earth\3D reality. We’re the ones with a mouth tongue and vocal chords; all physical in nature. I doubt the Majestic Holy One has need for these.
It’s true enough there were times throughout the entire Old Testament. Illustrious God had to use our crude words and sentences. (Like when He “spoke” directly to Moses or writing the 10 Commandments on a piece of stone). God also “spoke” through the Prophets using their mouths to convey His meaning. So apparently, God can talk down to us on our level easily enough. But then this begs the question, how do we talk up to Him? Surely there must be a way that when one “communes” with one’s God – one could speak more of the language of our Creator.
At first glance, it would seem that His type of language must involve something infinitely foreign or removed from us. But then remember, we too are made up of the same alive, vibrant and non-physical entity stuff that God is made of. Surely, somehow, we the children of God must have some rudimentary ability to speak to God in His own tongue.
Just like 2 year olds learn to separate the different sounds adults make to them. Then, the children take these sounds and learn they’re things called words. Then they learn the meanings of these words. Even though it takes a child some time to learn the language of its parents, the ability to learn that language is inherently built into children in the first place.
So surely, as we are children of God, we must inherently have the ability to learn God’s language. But where would we find some examples to study? Let’s refer back to the Bible. The Bible is full of examples of how to live. Considering that all the books (except for Proverbs and Chronicles) are actually stories. Stories, that are examples of what to do and what not to do, using people’s decisions, their living actions and living consequences. It seems our living God is teaching us by using the example of other people’s lives. What a funny way to speak to us, using living examples to get his point across.
However, maybe, the ole Celestial One has a good reason for that type of communication. Maybe we’re the ones not getting the big picture. Maybe we, here in 3D land, can’t see the forest for the trees. Maybe God speaks to us too big and we just can’t see it. Maybe God speaks to us using living stories is because that just might be HIS language. Maybe God speaks a living language; the language of life in action.
If that be true, then, the way we go about our day and/or use the abilities we have, would seem the most likely way for us to “Pray”. To communicate with our Living God, we must use His Living language. Yes, our life itself would be the best way to pray in the language of the All Mighty. I’d like to suggest here that these life prayers would appropriately be called “Living Prayers”. The one’s we recite by speaking and interacting with others. The prayers we pray with our very personhood.
Sadly though, these “other” types of prayers, hardly ever get mentioned during the Sunday sermon. Those “Living” Prayers, the ones that are readily available to any and all here living in the world, never seem to get even an honorable mention. Seems most of us actually pray these without knowing we are doing so. How could we? No one ever told us about them. Yet, each one of us does sense that, something more is going on at the times we enact these Living Prayers, than just regular daily life. I’ve noticed a few of these Living Prayers and have been privy to experience them. I’m quite certain that there are more than I’ve been able to detect. Listed below are a few explorations of these Living Prayers that I have been able to observe and experience.