“Prayer is a expression of love, which is possible when a relationship with God is established.” ~ Paramahamsa Hariharananda
Prayer is an act of communion with God. It is the most powerful tool we have to contact God - this infinite presence that is the source of unconditional Love.
At Agape, another word for prayer is spiritual mind treatment. Are prayer and spiritual mind treatment the same thing? The answer is both yes and no. If a prayer is affirmative, recognizes the allness, oneness and wholeness of Universal spirit and mankind, then it is indeed a spiritual mind treatment. If a prayer is an asking or desperate cry out to some Heavenly being who sits in judgment and then decides whether we are "good" enough to have our request fulfilled, then that prayer is not spiritual mind treatment.
A spiritual mind treatment consists of 5 steps:
It is a scientific formula that is brilliant and provable. We never declare it to be the ONLY way to pray, but we are very confident that once you learn how to do a spiritual mind treatment and experience the amazing results from it, you will easily become hooked. (If you want to delve more deeply into these steps you MUST take the next Foundations class. It's truly an amazing class that will change your life!)
So who do we say our prayers to? Agape teaches that we are all of God, the One Mind. The power and vitality of prayer lies in a awareness of one's union with this power and presence. The approach to Spirit is direct, through our own consciousness.
"It shall be done unto you as you believe." In dealing with the One mind, we are dealing with a force we cannot fool. God can do for us only what It can do through us. If your prayer is for love, be receptive to love. If your prayer is for abundance, be ready to receive it! If you find your prayer is "not answered" take time to go within yourself and ask, "What is it I need to know, understand, allow?" The answers are there, right within you.
In any kind of prayer, the faith and the conviction of the one praying are vital ingredients in the effectiveness of the prayer. No matter what the situation you can always pray! Long prayers, short prayers, out loud, alone, or with someone else. God, the Universal Mind, listens to the intentions of your heart. The absolute Truth is PRAYER WORKS! Prove it for yourself.
Most of us think the purpose of prayer is to change God. That is not the purpose of prayer. The purpose of prayer is to become consciously aware of our oneness with God. ~ Johnnie Coleman