With respect to the many cultures and traditions throughout the world, I would like to share with you how and why I pray. I know you may do so differently, and I believe God hears All sincere petitions, for the Divine Loves us all.
I address God as my Heavenly Father. I believe we originated as spirit children to Divine Parents consisting of a Father and Mother. The reason I don’t directly address Mother is because I understand there to be a set protocol to enable proper and comprehensive testing in this mortal state. I do however ask Father from time to time to let Mother know I love Her.
After addressing Father, I thank Him for the many kindnesses He has granted me. I know all life is a gift, yet I do try to be specific on some of the more recent blessings I’ve received. I include those I consider friends, family, ancestors and myself.
Then I ask specific blessings for those whom I’ve mentioned, for good health: physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally. We are multi-faceted and I would that those I care for have every blessing they are willing to receive. Then I ask that the vehicles, tools and equipment any of use to be operated safely and in a professional manner.
At this point, I become specific regarding concerns for individuals and myself.
I will ask for guidance, and also to be inspired as to what I should pray for. Father knows best what I need, and because He comprehends all, can point my mind to that what will bless myself and others if I consent to Letting Him help. We have a choice, but I need all the help I can get so ask for it.
I ask to be possessed of a happy spirit, and pray that His thoughts will become my thoughts, and His ways will become my ways.
I thank Him for the Messiah, and end my petition In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
To my understanding, Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah who atoned for my sins and intercedes on my behalf, balancing the demands of justice for my rebellions with the Eternal principal of Mercy. As such, I have an advocate with Father. This allows God to be constant, and also flexible with His children who choose to work out their salvation with the help of the Messiah.
This is how and why I pray. The most significant parts of prayer as I understand are 1) Sincere intent, 2) Faith, and if you are just starting, a Hope in the Mercies and Love of God, and 3) Humility.
We are All His little ones, and regardless of where you are or how you understand God to be, He stands ready to bless you when you give Him the opportunity and consent to do so.
That does not mean there won’t be challenges. We grow muscles by stressing them, and we develop Spiritually in a similar fashion.
May God keep you.
I acknowledge the Divine in you.