Let’s celebrate this holiday — and prayer itself — with a new term: “Receiving prayer.”
Receiving prayer means that you pray in order to receive what you desire. It’s that simple. (At least the definition is simple, anyway.)
Practically speaking, what is “Receiving Prayer”? How can we pray effectively, for human results and also for spiritual awakening?
Let Today Be a Holiday that Includes a Receiving Prayer
When you have a dream, how can you do a Receiving Prayer?
Famously, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. America is different because of what he did about that, prayer included. That’s why we celebrate this holiday. Because of what Dr. King did. Not just because he was inspired by a dream and he prayed.
Did you know? The holiday’s name varies from state to state. Sadly, in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi it’s also called Robert E. Lee Day. I look forward to the day when America has one nationally-named federal holiday, Martin Luther King Day.
Pretty ironic, given that in his sublime speech (which you can see on the previous YouTube link which I’ll repeat here, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream.), guess what? Dr. King specifically called out Mississippi and Alabama, inspiring Americans there to also let freedom ring.
Until 2000, my own state, Virginia, had an even worse official name for the holiday. Virginians called it “Lee Jackson King Day.” And grudgingly putting King last.
Can you believe it? Honoring the great Civil Rights Leader as practically an afterthought, while celebrating the Confederate generals Lee and Jackson???
Hello, sore losers! You actually lost the Civil War. Admit it already.
Sure enough, progress was made. Eventually.
Sometimes We Must Claim a Holiday, Just As We Must Claim Time for Prayer
Claiming holidays can really help with spiritual awakening. If curious, might I suggest that you take a look here, 365 Ways to a Stronger You Reviewed by Midwest Book Review
However you live the spirit of, “Let today be a holiday,” why not do that every single day? Hence this article on Receiving Prayer. Technically our series about prayer began on January 2 . Okay, in essence the exploration of prayer began all the way back in December, with Prayer Secrets. Energetic Literacy Reveals WHAT?
Before progressing with this in a big way, I wanted to wait for a true holiday. What qualifies? The date that commemorates Dr. King’s extraordinary achievement. Altogether different from the strivings of failed generals Lee and Jackson.
Today is the day full of promise that I will celebrate this month, not Friday’s inauguration of Trump.
Uh-oh. What if a bit of outrage has crept into this article? Blog-Buddies, would you consider that inappropriate?
Comment away, because there are so many different perspectives on the role of prayer, given anger. Honestly, now, what do you believe?
The Right Relationship of Anger to Prayer.
Maybe Not So Easy to Decide
Did you ever read the great poem by Dylan Thomas, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night?” Powerful indeed! Just now, listening to the great poet read it, I’ve teared up.
It’s humanly holy, that poem. And I love that so-Welsh poet’s reading. (English major’s note: Don’t let his manner of speaking turn you off. After a few lines you’ll get used to it. This is how great poets used to declaim, long ago. Once you keep listening, you’ll hear Thomas’s soul-stirring celebration of life… and a certain rage.)
Dylan Thomas’s greatest poem… Any heartfelt outpouring of rage… Would you consider that a prayer?
- In my view, anger can definitely precede prayer.
- However, outrage has no place in prayer.
- That’s more, “Not Quite Prayer Exactly.” A topic I’ll be addressing in a future post at the end of this series.
Now, back at Receiving Prayer…
Smart people live our lives, facing reality, doing what we can to make a difference. Sure, we can grow weary or angry.
However, to be most effective, we also take time apart from all our human entanglements. That’s when to pray.
Receiving Prayer Is Neither a Speech Nor a Sermon
Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech can inspire you. Easily, in the days of YouTube, you can revisit “I Have a Dream” every year on this holiday.
However, this great leader spoke to inspire political action. King wasn’t teaching what he personally did for Receiving Prayer. But we can be reasonably certain he did just that.
Of course, I don’t know what the great minister personally did by way of Receiving Prayer. Certainly his sermons and speeches are legendary. By contrast prayer, always, is between one person and that person’s God. Not a speech. And not a sermon.
Are Sermons Prayer, Though? Ever?
Words that uplift us don’t have to be called “Prayers,” do they?
How confusing! For those who aim for Receiving Prayer, it won’t help to get all gushy and sentimental, conflating the human experience of inspiration with a sacred experience of human + divine.
God isn’t just a feeling. Some nice feeling.
Likewise, prayer is not just a feeling. Some nice feeling.
By the same token, sermons are public speech. Loud speech. Human speech. No matter how good it feels to speak in a community of fellow believers, or to participate in religious worship, no sermon is a prayer.
Ooh, More Controversy While Considering Receiving Payer
Unless you’re a Fundamentalist Christian, you might as well admit that “The Sermon on the Mount” was not necessarily a Sermon. When Jesus taught The Lord’s Prayer, he just might have taught it.
What’s a sermon? A public speech, a communication from one clergy person to other humans. Ideas may be conveyed. Feelings may be stirred. Inspiration may become contagious.
However, actual teaching is required to help learn skills for Receiving Prayer.
Was teaching what really happened with “The Sermon on the Mount”? Maybe what occurred was more like “The Workshop on the Mount.”
However accurately Jesus’ signature prayer has come down to us through the Bible, let’s dare to recognize. Jesus taught about prayer for the Age of Faith. Whereas you and I are living in an entirely different era, The Age of Awakening.
That means we have different rules for success. Millions will suffer until they adjust to humanity’s new — and completely different — vibrational freedom. This began with the Shift on December 21, 2012.
Therefore, I’m offering you ideas to help You. Who. Are. Living. Now. So that you can live “The New Strong.”
Prayer for people who are thriving in this Age of Awakening — YOU, for instance. When you’re ready for a Receiving Prayer, get skills. I’ll teach some, systematically. In a series of short posts that I plan to publish here on a daily basis.
Short. And Best Done Daily. That’s Receiving Prayer
Learning prayer skills could be compared to reading this blog. What’s needed for you to gain the most? Just two steps:
- A little attention each day.
- Follow through — as with blog comments. Even a simple “Like” helps enliven this entire community.
When you use your skills for Receiving Prayer, you can expect something to be different every day.
Each and every time you pray.
Peachy and berry — every delicious time that you pray.
You deserve no less.