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What are We Praying for, Exactly, When We Pray?

09 Jan

I was just on Facebook and a friend was asking for prayers for his wife’s mother. She is being prepared for surgery again after still having some complications from a fall. In situations like this and others what do you pray for? I always prayed that they would live and everything would be perfect again. I prayed for the best to happen. Isn’t that what we are supposed to do, expect Miracles? That’s what I thought and that’s what I always did. But, I learned something in school and that is “What is the Best Intention for the Person?” I know what my best intentions are; that that this person hurries up and heals and no one has to suffer the experience of anyone dying or being permanently disabled in some way. But what about the person in question, what is best for them?

To me that sounded kind of crazy originally because I was thinking why wouldn’t this person want to heal and get better? Did they want to die? That had nothing to do with it, this goes back to Soul Contracts and our time here on Earth as a human. On my website I discuss Soul Contracts and in brief review, it is how long you planned to be here on earth as a human with all the things that you wanted to experience in order to progress in Heaven to your final resting place. It also leaves some space for things to occur naturally in the world, as things do. We planned to be here, complete with all the misery and all the good. Every broken heart, every fall, every disaster, and all the pain that went with it. It’s hard to imagine that we would do this to ourselves but trust me, we did. We also planned the good things, and good friends and while things do happen that are our of our control, what we call Acts of God, for the most part you called it. Now here is a big pill to swallow, you even chose your parents….. I know, I know many of you are shaking your head saying you wouldn’t abuse yourself that way but here is a comforting thought…..Your children chose you!

Anyway, when we are faced with tragedy such as a horrible car accident or an illness we automatically tend to pray that they heal and live forever. But those prayers are for us so we don’t have to suffer and grieve. They aren’t for the person hurt. We don’t know where they are in their Soul Contract and this may be deterring the inevitable. Case in point, and I have many but we will go with this one, my husbands’ friend recently died in a motorcycle accident. It was horrific; the bike was smashed to pieces, torn apart, and he left behind a beautiful wife and 2 little boys. It was an awful thing to have happen so young in life to loose your life and leave behind a young little family. Here is the kicker – he got in a motorcycle accident less that 9 months beforehand and the doctors and surgeons worked like mad to patch him back together so he would live. Guess what, it was meant to be and this time the accident was bad enough that it would happen. When God calls us back, He calls us back.

This is when people ask “But where is God, he allowed this terrible thing to happen!” “I’m never going to church again, I’m giving up on God because he doesn’t do anything for me!” I have said those words and more because I had no belief in anything. What I did  learn is that God is there to help the injured or sick person through transition and welcome them on the other side at the end of “their” journey. Great celebration takes place on the other side. Family and friends who have passed, including pets, are coming to welcome them home. It is a joyous event, everyone is talking, high fiving, milling around, catching up on what’s new….They look back at us smiling because they know in not too long you will be there too. They know you’re sad but once it is your time and you transition you will remember and they will come for you!!

This is where God comes in for us. He is there to help us, the ones left behind, deal with the loss. He is there to ease the pain and get us back on our feet. We may not feel or see Him, but He is there. That is the true Miracle; that we go on with our lives as we had designed with Him. It is more important that we finish what we came here to do, than taking too long to grieve. We may be cursing Him yet He forgives us because we can’t remember. He is literally working a Miracle of healing in your heart trying to bring us understanding and acceptance. That is why all of a sudden you feel better one day and are able to move on. It took me a very long time to understand this but I finally got it.

Now when I pray I pray for the best possible outcome as prescribed by God and the person in question. I pray that whatever is meant to be will be. It is the hardest thing I have had to but then I remember incidents like my husbands’ friends’ motorcycle accident and others I knew like him. I am reminded that nothing in this world is about me and what I think should be, it is all about Spirit and our Greater Purpose. Next time you pray for someone try truly praying for them and see how you feel afterwards. God is everywhere, truly working Miracles in every way, every day! To All that Is….

Blessings,

Kristen

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Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Spirituality

 

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2 responses to “What are We Praying for, Exactly, When We Pray?

  1. fsumom2017

    January 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Hmm, Don’t know where my comment went…. Your article is very good Kris. Really gave me a new outlook. I never really thought about how I pray before, but now that I have this is my take. I never really pray for a specific task. I ask God to watch over people. May it be going on a trip or who are sick, my son at school. I thank him for keeping us safe. I never pray to keep someone alive or the like. I guess in essence I pray for the right thing from God. I have never heard of a soul contract before, but it makes sense. I totally agree, when God calls us…He calls us.
    Donna

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  2. kristenburkhardthanson

    January 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Hi Donna,

    Thank you for your reply. I’ve been having problems with comments for a few days now, I wrote WordPress but haven’t heard.

    I learned a great deal about prayer in the past year in my ministry training. Prayer is like setting an intention, putting it out there for God/The Universe to hear and expound upon. You sound just like me, I used to be the same way. I used to pray for my kids, my family or a safe trip etc. I never prayed for anything specific until recently. I learned that God/The Universe likes specifics The more honed in and focused on your intention you are the better God/The Universe can manifest it for you.

    When I first learned about Soul Contracts I was like What??? No way! There is no way I could have done all of this stuff to myself. But I learned I did, I had to gone through all of that in order to be who I am today doing the work I am called to do:) I never had a belief system or faith in anything until about a year ago. So everything was new to me but as I began to study religion and spirituality I began to have a metaphysical and universal understanding of how thins like prayer work. There are people that actually write out their prayers daily and keep a log.

    Thank you for stopping by, nice meeting you Donna!!

    In light,
    Kristen

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