The Wrong Way to Pray

Well, life continues to be busy. Between another bout with COVID and struggling to make ends meet in this difficult economy, I’ve had very little time for anything but the basics. And not only has that included this blog, it’s also included most things in my spiritual life. Including, lately, prayer. I just haven’t been able to find the time or energy for work that doesn’t pay. It took me a little while to spot the mistake I was making.

If prayer seems like a chore to you, you’re doing it wrong. Prayer isn’t just something you do to honor the gods, ancestors, and spirits. Nor is it just a way of asking for favors. It’s also supposed to inspire you. It’s supposed to enflame you with passion. It’s supposed to fill you with the influence of those gods, ancestors, and spirits. It should give you a sense of energy and purpose. So the fact that I was seeing it as a chore showed that I was looking at it the wrong way, and that I had stopped praying well.

So, I figured I’d take the opportunity to put this reminder out there, in case any of you are dealing with similar issues. Prayer should lift you up. If it’s not, take a step back from it, try to look at it in a new way. Approach it with a naïve mind, like you’re praying for the first time. It could help. Good luck.