MOJO. I love that word. I hope it doesn't get put on the passé list of overused words before I get a chance to own it for awhile. I only just looked up its meaning and added it to my cool expressions for confidence, assuredness, talent and resilience. At least that is what mojo means to me.
Today's post is the first in a new Thursday Series focusing on Finding your Prayer Mojo and praying with inspiration and effectiveness. I often hear "I don't know how to pray or what to think about when I pray." This series is designed to keep the subject of the how and what of prayer front and center and to nourish your confidence.
In the words of a hymn, "Prayer is the simplest form of speech that infant lips can try." (Christian Science Hymnal, #284) It's that idea of simply thinking about God that you will find in these "Seven Ways to Find your Prayer Mojo."
Prayer Mojo comes from seeing things from the divine perspective. You have found your mojo when you lose sight of a problem and begin to see the spiritual reality - health and harmony - when you pray. To concentrate on a problem while praying tends to keep fear front and center. Fear deep-sixes mojo, creates a sense of separation from God's goodness and makes problems seem more substantial, powerful and real.
Fear hides solutions. How often do we say, 'God, I have this situation here..." and then off we go into a torrent of questioning and pleading with God that is centered on the problem. Finding your prayer mojo involves taking an inspired look at God to shed spiritual light on any situation.
It isn't that God comes to our problems, or even needs to know our problems, in order to heal them. The sun doesn't "know" the need of the plant in order to meet it. The sun shines and as plants are exposed to the light - turn towards the light - their needs are met. When God is the subject of your prayer, you have found your mojo. And an understanding of God has the power to completely transform human experience.
Here are seven ways to think about God* that will help you find your prayer mojo. I'm giving you all seven, but it only takes one to shift from a "problem up" to a "solution out" view. An angel told the high priest Zerubbabel these seven "are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth." (Zechariah 4:10) These "eyes of the Lord" are seven ways to think about God. They are springboards for prayer that anchor you to a spiritual fact allowing you to dive deep into spiritual reality.
Don't outline where these ideas will take you. They are prayer-starters. Pick one, two, all seven - your choice. But if you find your prayer wandering into the highways and byways of problems without solutions, bring yourself back to one of these seven basic facts about God's nature, and you will find yourself praying with power.
(* "Question. — What is God? Answer. — God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love. Question. — Are these terms synonymous? Answer. — They are. They refer to one absolute God. They are also intended to express the nature, essence, and wholeness of Deity. The attributes of God are justice, mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on." See Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 465)
Which of these seven views of God is helping you find your mojo today?
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