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 “Prayer is not asking for things -- not even for the best  things; it is going where they are.”        Gerald  Heard


Prayer brings us to the heart of spirituality. Prayer is an experience of relationship with the Transcendent realm.  It is  the point where the depths of human struggle with  the world, with other people, and ourselves and conflicting forces within us, intersect with our highest and most expansive sense of the spiritual dimension in communication and communion.  We invoke, we ask, we praise, we give thanks, we adore and surrender.  

Prayer takes many forms.  In affirmative prayer, we accept with confidence and strength the goodness of life, love, health, prosperity, through our Oneness with God as the Source of all Good.  With scriptural  and formal prayer we leverage a collective force that spans generations and traditions energized by their history.  Yet, the simple, instinctual cry, "Help, me!"  may be the most common prayer.  Chanting, singing, writing, dancing, drawing can all be forms of prayer.  As Rumi says, "There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again," as we reach toward something greater than our narrow sense of circumstances to a solution, or a freedom, beyond.

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
— Søren Kierkegaard
For the ancients, prayer was an attempt to enter into harmony with the deeper rhythm of life. Prayer tempered human arrogance; it became the disclosure point of the deeper, eternal order. In post-modern society, the isolated individual has become the measure of all things. It is no surprise that in our loss of connection with Nature, we have forgotten how to pray. We even believe that we do not need to pray.
— John O'Donohue, "Eternal Echoes," 1999