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What are the blessings that a prayerful life offers?

The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is to pray.
It is not the only thing, but it is the chief thing.
S. D. Gordon

Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be the sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and hte good, and sends the rain on the rightous and unrighteous... Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Jesus

Prayer Builds Relationships

It doesn't follow that having achieved a life of great success, leads us to have great relationships. However, those who have created great relationships, have created great successes.

The Greatest Souls in our history have all created phenomenal relationships with the people closest to them. They also have indirectly built great relationships with humanity.

They inspire us. They lead the world towards the realization of heaven on earth. We know them as the most loving people in the world, - whether it is Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Pope John Paul, or the Dalai Lama...

And time and time again they tell us that the secret to their capacity for creating loving relationships has been prayer. They have always prayer for others, and have created tremendous relations.

Why is that?

I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving, be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
St. Paul

On one level, praying for others affects the consciousness of the one who prays. It focuses our mind away from egocentricity, and onto the essence of love. Praying for others strengthens our power to love. This is most beneficial when you pray not just for the ones you love, but also for the ones that have injured you in some way... Here is where the biggest gains are made.

It is why Jesus told his disciples to "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you". And he demonstrated the power this has, when praying on the cross for his enemies, - and thus transforming the conscience for all in the world.

On another level, praying for others may also reach and touch them personally. Prayer shapes your attitude towards them, and how they are impacted by your company - the choice of words you'll make, the affection that will radiate from you.

In your presence your enemies slowly erode the walls they have built around their hearts. In your presence, your friends find a deeper connection with love, with joy, with peace.

Then, there is the mysterious power of prayer, - that influence which reaches beyond bodies, - beyond time and space. Your choice for charity and love, moves 'positive coincidences' to be present in the world of another.

 

1. Prayers Nourish Your Soul
2. Prayers Illuminate Your Mind
3. Prayers Strengthen Your Body
4. Prayers Build Relationships
5. Prayers Beautify Your World

 

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