to wisely Sow
the New Testament of Matthew, Jesus presets
us with a parable for effectively sowing the seeds of prayer for most
effective results. He stated:
farmer went out to sow his seeds.
As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds
came and ate it up.
Some fell in rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprung
up quickly because the soil was shallow.
But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered
because they had no root.
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and chocked the plant.
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop - a hundred,
sixty or thirty times what was sown.
Jesus explains on further, this parable identifies three main
problematic causes for why a seed does not produce its intended
1: The seeds are left on the surface.
expect Godly Thoughts to germinate blessings, when they are just
left out in the open and superficially scattered. However, when
seeds are dropped on the ground, rather than within the ground,
- they will not sprout.
seeds will be destroyed by nature as food - whether by birds or
by bacteria... whether by other people's opinions or by simple forgetfulness...
first principle to effective prayer is that the seed needs to be buried
deep within our mind. God's prayers need to submerged in
our psyche. Love, Truth, Beauty and Freedom are not
a cheap sentiments to be merely printed on greeting cards.
values, these prayers need full understanding. To
have these grow into a harvest of abundance, - they need our effort,
- "digging the prayer in".
means that you can't just mindlessly repeat words.
and think about what the words mean.
key to a Christian conception of studies is the realization that
prayer consists of attention. It is the orientation of all the
attention of which the soul is capable toward God. The quality
of attention counts much in the quality of the prayer.
2: The seed is planted in rocky and shallow soil.
expect Godly Thoughts to create fruits when the seeds have been
implanted in the shallowness of 'rock-logic'.
this method is better than leaving the seeds on the surface, they
still won't produce fruits, because when the seeds are
placed in shallow rocky soil, - the growth is short lived. The
plant withers when it approaches the sunlight too quickly, and it
then finally collapses, because it has no root system developed.
lesson for effective prayer is that we need to dig the prayer deeper
than our mind, or our 'logical understanding'. When the harsh
elements of life will come up against these budding seedlings, - unless
we have buried this prayer also into our heart, into our soul, into
our very being, - the seedlings of love, truth, beauty and freedom
will get burned.
reach the harvesting stage we need to go beyond 'logical reason'.
If we have a deep root structure, if the prayers are personal and
heartfelt, - then the elements of light and wind help it to
grow, and make them even stronger.
is not asking. It is a longing of the soul.
It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words
without a heart.
that I may not pray alone with the mouth;
help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.
3: The seed is planted amongst weeds which choke the plant.
third scenario is certainly better than the previous two, because
the seed actually grows and it produces some fruit. It assumes
a basic understanding of the 'germination process'.
challenge that Jesus reminds us of, is that of fruitfulness.
If the prayers are sown amongst weeds, - the weeds divert energy
and nourishment away from good crops, and we have a limited harvest.
'The worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth', choke
is inevitable that many of us have a challenge at this level. There
are so many 'weed-seeds' being thrown into our gardens, - by the
media, by well-intentioned friends, by education systems... - and
they look very similar to the good seeds.
can we tell them apart?
asserts that actually, we will not be able to tell them apart.
The only way to learn about the strands, is to observe 'the effects',
or the fruits that these ideas have. If we pay attention, we will
see that 'every good tree bears good fruit, and every
bad tree bears bad fruit.'
the meantime however, we need to manage our time and resources
to ensure the good seeds that we have planted are nourished and
need to be wisely cultivating...