Hopeful solicitation of the
A yielding of self to the
Most often the last resort of a
Recitation by rote of
An attempt to find solace in
Expressed confidence in an
unseen powerful reality.
A very personal communication
with one’s conjured benefactor.
An egoistic presumption that
some ethereal being is listening to you.
Common recourse when feeling
powerless; temporary relief from the feeling of helplessness.
- Perhaps the most common
primordial cry for help.
- Perhaps a salve on the
conscience of an indolent person.
- Perhaps true prayer is
openly feeling one with everything.
- Perhaps an ancient
habit of self-deception to ward off demons.
- Perhaps being a good
listener is essential for prayer to be heard.
- Perhaps an intrinsic,
vital means of spirit embracing the ubiquitous Spiritual.
- Perhaps mere air
bubbles one hopes will be noticed when they reach the
- Perhaps the effrontery
of mortality is an indignity that can only be bourn by a
conviction that we have power … to call on THE GREAT
VANQUISHER whenever we wish.
- Perhaps we ‘know’ there
is a Greater Reality and we employ all sorts of fanciful
means to communicating with It.
- Perhaps humility begins
for many when the battle is almost lost; perhaps it is then
that the heart acknowledges a dependence on what is beyond
the transitory and a call goes out the Divine Listener.
ESSAY ON PRAYER by EDWIN O'SHEA
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