Prayers are like conversations…but they transcend the material and act as a bridge between the heavenly and the earthly.
They are not testimonies of lies, but an insight in words and mirrors of the deepest truth..
Prayer is a conversation, a dialog between God and man.
Through prayer, individuals try to establish contact with a higher power and communicate their requests, concerns, and needs.
There are various forms of prayer: adoration, worship, praise, petition, thanksgiving, morning prayer, grace, evening prayer, lament, meditative prayer.
The goal is a higher connection, an earnest alignment that establishes contact with the Higher Power. This connection has immense power. The word “prayer” comes from “to ask“.
“Whatever you shall ask in my name, I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:14)
Prayer can be both verbal and nonverbal, focusing on devotion to a Higher Power. Every religious community has pre-formulated, established texts that are recited on certain occasions and events.
Prayer, however, is NOT tied to pre-determined words, postures, or places.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus criticized outward, wordy prayers as hypocritical.
“As you pray, feel the words of your heart pouring into the omniscient ear and the omnibenevolent heart of God.” (Elias Rubenstein)
Prayer gives us strength and assurance. Taking a moment in the day to pray becomes a small but powerful island in the midst of daily life, work, and responsibilities.
Through prayer, we connect with the power and spirit of the Creator and recharge our batteries. We are sustained by the conscious experience of the global community of humanity.
The courses of the Hermetic Academy explain the power of prayer within the Hermetic Tradition and how they can help to establish a connection with the Creator.