What makes a prayer effective? Is it the level of sincerity of the person praying, does it depend on the power of the deity being prayed to, or does it have to do with the number of individuals gathering simultaneously with a special prayer request? This article looks at the elements of effective prayer.
The fact that I receive many requests via email for my participation in group prayer events is one reason why I am interested in the topic of effective prayer. Just recently, I received an email sent by well-meaning light-workers whose goal was to organize 144,000 prayers from around the world on April 4th at 4:44 am (Lourdes, France time). Usually, the intention of these group prayer events is to have the collective prayers heal the planet, or some other similar thing. (When the oil well exploded in the Gulf, I noticed many special group prayer events were organized, some asking for the intervention of beings on the “other side of the veil.”)
I tend not to participate in group prayer or group meditation events because, after having learned what makes prayer work, I question how effective these group events really are. In my opinion, a sincere prayer spoken in your own words from your heart can be more effective than a formula prayer or ritual recited by hundreds or thousands of individuals simultaneously. This is also true for simultaneous group meditation. I explain why below.
During prayer or meditation, rather than pushing an agenda (whether the prayer is a request for something, or an envisioning of what we want), ask for guidance and insight and understanding into the problem (in other words, for self-empowerment). Rather than praying for divine intervention to fix a problem, ask for inner guidance and insight into the problem so that you can help fix it–particularly if you are in a position where you can actually do something about it.
About ten years ago, I was told through a medium in a Request personal prophecy channeled session with the Counsel of Light that I would help teach people how to pray. I found this “prophecy” interesting, as I did not pray much. (But when I did, I guess it must have been noticed.)
Anyway, through my personal experience I have discovered that prayers coming from someone with even a hint of a victim-mentality will not be answered. Prayers asking for rescue and being saved will not be answered. Those who beg mindlessly actually block the help they could receive if they only expanded their minds or changed their mindsets to include themselves as part of the solution. In other words, only those prayers asking for empowerment and insight and understanding will be answered. (Particularly now, when humans are challenged to evolve and to shift their consciousness to see themselves as the initiators and the inventors of the solutions to the problems of the world.)
For millennia, humans have prayed for someone powerful or for some miracle to save them and we have yet to figure out that our own insight, our inner awareness and self-empowerment is how we will save ourselves. (Yet how many prayers we come across these days ask for interventions of miracle proportions? Well, just look around you to see how effective these prayers have been.)
Rather than imploring (where the energy is projecting out from you) during meditation and prayer, it makes sense to spend more time listening (receiving inner guidance, or God’s input, if you will), and then to integrate this into your life (by following through with the inner guidance). Ultimately, you must strive for a balance between the sending out and the receiving of “energies.”
In conclusion, the key to effective prayer has less to do with showing up at the same place at the same time (physically or virtually) to recite the same prayer (or to keep a particular vision in focus), than to listen for your own inner guidance, to listen to the still small voice within you, to receive the insight and then to follow through with the guidance.