Every morning at the crack of dawn, I look forward to the time in which I pray. It is a time when I contemplate my life, review what I have done and seek guidance on how I should proceed further.
Prayer, salat, supplication or whatever you might call it is your personal conversation with God. There are many characterizations of this gesture. Some may dress a certain way. Others may stress that it be performed in a language not understood by all, simply a repetition of verses. It may argued that its structure is tantamount to its conveyance. I would humbly submit regarding the issue of form over substance, the latter of the two takes priority.
It is, I repeat, your conversation with God! I would only hope that your sentiments are from the heart, most sincere and occur on a fairly regular basis.
The contents of a good prayer should include gratitude and a request. It should express gratitude acknowledging the excellence and favors of the One to Whom we address our prayer. We may not realize just how much we have to be thankful for, from the air we breathe to life itself…
Life is better when one shows gratitude. It sets you in the right attitude and may protect you from temptations. It has been said that “God turns to man when man turns to God.”
The other crucial element is the request. The vicissitudes of life can be overwhelming. We must acknowledge that we do not control all things and that a little help may be warranted. Only through the remembrance of God and His role in all our lives can matters truly be placed in their proper perspective. One’s request may be to seek guidance on how to make someone’s life better.
On a personal note, as I get older, I feel the need to express gratitude for all that has happened to me, both good and bad. I have come to believe that all experiences are just trials and challenges instituted by God to help me better myself, to make me stronger. He is the Guardian, Sustainer, Provider and Nurturer of all things!
There have been times in my life when I have achieved much success. There were other times when my will to see future days waned. Now I view each setback as an opportunity to regroup and continue to press forward. I accept all challenges and take them all in stride…
Today, after I pray for me, my family and my friends, I find myself praying for a better world. I pray for world peace and harmony. I believe we each have the sense of a divine presence within us. If we concentrate collectively, if we each make an extra effort, anything is possible!
Won’t you join me in this prayer? It costs you nothing.