Friday, February 24, 2017
Someone said that prayer does not work. I did not know that prayer was supposed to "work." I thought it was a dialogue between God and the person, which means that there is supposed to be some listening. The idea of prayer as something that works seems to be about asking for something and then expecting to get what we ask for, without our working much at all beyond the asking. I may ask God to help me find my way around the public transport system in New York City, but then I do something. I ask others for help. I read signs. I look for an app on city transport. I don't just stand there and do nothing. I want God to assist me, that is, help me in my efforts. I don't know anyone who ever go sober by simply asking God, "Make me sober." Prayer does not work if I don't work. Wake up. Say thank you. Ask for assistance and then put on your face and get going on the day ahead of you. It seems to work for me. Doing nothing for me is to drown in fear.