On Bended Knee
He who kneels the most, stands the best.
Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire. Forgive me for my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense. Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day. I want to be the best version of myself for anyone who is going to someday walk into my life and need someone to love them beyond reason. Prayer may just be the most powerful tool mankind has. The wise man in the storm prays not for safety from danger but for deliverance from fear.
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you. In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance. Many people pray to be kept out of unexpected problems. Some people pray to be able to confront and overcome them. Those who pray for your downfall are concentrating negative thoughts towards you, without taking cognizance of the slippery ground in which they are standing, which could lead to their downfall. Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks. Love people who hate you. Pray for people who have wronged you. It won’t just change their life it’ll change yours. Stop trying to be less of who you are. Let this time in your life cut you open and drain all of the things that are holding you back.
People who fit don’t seek. The seekers are those that don’t fit. For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. The inner voice is something which cannot be described in words. But sometimes we have a positive feeling that something in us prompts us to do a certain thing. The time when I learnt to recognize this voice was, I may say, the time when I started praying regularly. If my eyes have pain, I close them; If my body aches, I rest it; If my heart breaks, I mend it; If my soul is lost, I pray for it. There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who do not. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.
Humility is perfect quietness of the heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in him, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and I am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble. Picture the fulfillment of your desire now and feel its reality and you will experience the joy of the answered. Prayer is beyond any question the highest activity of the human soul. Man is at his greatest and highest when upon his knees he comes face to face. We should seek not so much to pray but to become one with prayer. When you touch the celestial in your heart, you will realize that the beauty of your soul is so pure, so vast and so devastating that you have no option but to merge with it. You have no option but to feel the rhythm of the universe in the rhythm of your heart.
The power of prayer is still the greatest ever known in this endless eternal universe. Let this time in your life cut you open and drain all of the things that are holding you back. I’m going to help you forgive the things that you won’t let yourself forget. Let your life reflect the faith you have in him. Fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust his word, and trust the process. At such times, the heart of man turns instinctively towards his Maker. In prosperity, and whenever there is nothing to injure or make him afraid, he remembers Him not, and is ready to defy Him; but place him in the midst of dangers, cut him off from human aid, let the grave open before him, then it is, in the time of his tribulation, that the scoffer and unbelieving man turns to God for help, feeling there is no other hope, or refuge, or safety, save in his protecting arm. When I cannot read, when I cannot think, when I cannot even pray, I can trust.
We tend to be preoccupied by our problems when we have a heightened sense of vulnerability and a diminished sense of power. Today, see each problem as an invitation to prayer. Lord, make me a blessing to someone today. As we come to grips with our own selfishness and stupidity, we make friends with the impostor and accept that we are impoverished and broken and realize that, if we were not, we would be God. The art of gentleness toward ourselves leads to being gentle with others and is a natural prerequisite for our presence to God in prayer. Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire. Your desire is your prayer. It comes out of your deepest needs and it reveals the things you want in life. The only difference between a wish and a prayer is that you’re at the mercy of the universe for the first, and you’ve got some help with the second. Answered prayer is the interchange of love between the Father and His child. Work as if everything depended upon work and pray as if everything depended upon prayer.
A prayer couched in the words of the soul, is far more powerful than any ritual.