Why do you want to pray today? Have you asked yourself? What is it that is motivating you today to talk with God? It is not an insignificant question. It's also not a trick question. In order to find your prayer MOJO - that is, in order to feel confidence and real connection in your prayers - an honest examination of where you are coming from can make a difference. If you don't know where you are, how will you ever get to where you want or need to go? Honesty in prayer and candidness about our motives can make the difference between merely staying on the surface of prayer and having a real conversation with God that engages the heart. So, pause. Ask yourself, "Why do I want to pray today?" (Go ahead. Do it before reading on. I'll wait.)
Did you find your answer? Good. Now don't judge it. Just let it be what it is for a moment. Give it some space. We'll come back to it in a bit.
Most things we do in life can be benefited by a little attention and examination of motives. Sometimes we get so focused on the what, or worry so much about the how, that we neglect the why and skate right on without really engaging on a deeper level.
"What are the motives for prayer? Do we pray to make ourselves better or to benefit those who hear us, to enlighten the infinite or to be heard of men?" asked Mary Baker Eddy¨in the chapter "Prayer" of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 2). Further on she explained,"We should examine ourselves and learn what is the affection and purpose of the heart, for in this way only can we learn what we honestly are." (p. 8)
Once when I called a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me, I was completely honest with her when I said, "You need to know I am asking God for one thing. I want this pain to go away." Without judging me or my motive she started praying for me right away, and then shortly after the pain was gone. My motive for praying was a human yearning for comfort. That human yearning is like a thirsty root reaching for water. It reaches because it knows the water is there. Honesty with myself about my heart's yearning made me receptive to the idea of asking the practitioner for help. And the help was there.
Mine wasn't the only motive to be considered. The practitioner's motive was also key. Why was she praying? She prayed because of love - her pure love for God, for all that Christ Jesus lived and proved, for all that Mary Baker Eddy taught and for her pure love for me. She prayed for me with all her heart, solely because of her love. That love, reflected from divine Love, is what feeds the thirsty tree whose root reaches for the water of life. The water of life is love - the Christly love that heals. When the practitioner prayed for me, I felt the love and then I felt no more pain.
You have identified your motive for praying today. Take another look at it, but don't judge it or yourself harshly. Examine your motive because knowing why you pray grounds your prayer in honesty, and honesty opens the heart to prayer and readies it for love.
Now, give your motive back to God. Surrender yourself and your desire to the care of Love. Let divine Love meet you where you are and lift up both you and your motive. When you are open to the love of Love when you pray, you have found your MOJO.
There are no small prayers or insignificant reasons to pray. Trust God with yours. Divine Love actually cares about every one of your prayers. Love cares about you. Now, pray with your heart.
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me;
I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no