Because of all of this rolling range of difference when it comes to who or what makes up God or a god, you would think that therefore there would probably be just as many differences in opinion on what prayer is. But I'm not so sure about that. Regardless of who it's directed to, what drives the prayer seems to be a remarkably short range of things - gratitude, requests for help, requests for renewal, expressions of love.
I don't even think you need to believe in a personal god to pray. Surely everybody on the planet has prayed at some point. Some see prayer as praying to that higher part of ourselves, the one that acts in our best interests and seems at times to help us respond to the lower part of ourselves, that which will keep us chained in fear. In this sense, we all pray, and it has nothing at all to do with institutional religion and that whole bullshit arena of power and control. In this sense it is a beautiful thing that softens my heart towards the world.
"Prayer is the bridge between longing and belonging" - John O'Donohue
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