What is prayer? I have often looked at it as begging. We think of God as outside ourselves, separate from us, as a father is separate from his child. If we want something, we go to the father and ask for it, expecting him to give it to us. God is not separate from us! If we want something, we have to be self-reliant and know that it comes from within ourselves. True prayer, in my mind, is knowing what we want, acting as if we already have it, accepting it, and then know that it will manifest. We are not beggars, we are children of God made in his image, which means we have the same abilities to manifest what we want.
The Master Key Class has brought this out to me very strong! Haanel is telling us all through the class that we are the creators of our lives. Most of us are caught up in our lives the way they are and don’t realize that we are the ones to change them if we wish. We have that power. Through what we have learned during this class, we must take over our lives if we want to live the life we want. It is not in God’s hands. I hear from people all the time that “if God wants me to have it, I’ll get it”, or “whatever God wants”.
As Haanel says “The real secret of power is consciousness of power. The Universal Mind is unconditional; therefore the more conscious we become of our unity with this mind, the less conscious we shall become of conditions and limitations, and as we become emancipated or freed from conditions we come into a realization of the unconditional. We have become free!”
“As soon as we become conscious of the inexhaustible power in the world within, we begin to draw on this power and apply and develop the greater possibilities which this discernment has realized, because whatever we become conscious of, is invariably manifested in the objective world, is brought forth into tangible expression.”
To me, that is prayer!