Paying attention to what we pray

True prayer is far from routine. It's a powerful healing influence, requiring our active participation.

Have you ever talked in your sleep? If so, you would probably agree it's an interesting non-experience. Others may have heard you talk, but most likely you had no idea you ever said anything.

Have you ever prayed but felt that the truths you were stating might just as well have gone unsaid—felt that you weren't really conscious of their power? Maybe there were plenty of words but little inspiration or healing. You know you were saying something, but it didn't have much meaning—somewhat like talking in your sleep.

If we are not responding to our prayers, it may be time to wake up, so to speak, to the meaning and spirit of the truths we utter. We don't want simply to repeat words and fail to gain the spiritual inspiration needed in order for healing to occur.

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