While many of us have now been mentioned to believe that prayer involves pleading to God to greatly help, save, fix problems and bring us things nowadays, that’s not true prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is very different and very beautiful. Higher than a song, it’s joyous exchange of Love and thanks between God and His Creations that employs the forgiveness process to correct your brain before the Prayer Song is all that remains. It’s the ticket home so understanding true prayer, and forgiveness, is worth the time in retraining the mind.
Prayer is exchanging (sharing) a Song of Love and Creation or judgments of the ego predicated on everything you look for (agree with) in the mind. There’s no other way. In the Course, your brain (content) is split between God and the ego; and you are choosing all the time with a side as reason for effect.
Forms (all things with this world) are miscreations reflecting the ego’s judgmental thought system. We’ve caused it to be up (miscreated this world) and can give it up anytime by correcting your brain (forgiveness). True prayer requires this correction of your brain as God has nothing regarding forms.
What Prayer is Not:
Because you are usually deciding, everything you look for once you pray is what counts. Once you plead in prayer to possess God fix a questionnaire trouble with another form problem, you are asking the ego mind for help (not God). Those forms and needs are deemed more important than God’s Love which will remain hidden to their education you decide on the illusion.
All external things (forms) are needs. Other labels are wants, desires, status, problems, sickness, human love (special relationships), gifts and goals nowadays, etc. They’re everything you choose as substitutes for God’s Love and the ego will distort the goal of prayer by with them to help expand the illusion. Therefore, prayer can’t be about “forms” or “needs” in just about any way.
The Purpose of Prayer:
The Song of Prayer is defined by the Course as a Song of Creation, Love and gratitude being sung from the Father to the Son and returned from the Son to the Father. God gave this gift of Like to His Son at Creation so that it is a single voice shared by both Creator and Created a course in miracles lessons. Continuously sharing Love and Creation back and forth extends them forever in eternity. That is prayer’s purpose.
Within this form world of illusion, this prayer is still a gift from God offered through the Holy Spirit, the memory of God in the mind. It’s the method that you reach God in the illusion. Whoever has ever remembered the tiniest instant with this all-inclusive joy must begin questioning what he’s choosing (praying for) and how to change his mind so he can have that all the time.
True Prayer and Forgiveness:
True prayer is: (1) asking for what’s already there, The Song; and, (2) as you go along, using forgiveness (correction of the mind) to give up the ego forms or what’s certainly not there. Joining with Love in true prayer is requesting nothing (i.e., no illusion, forms or needs) so you end up receiving everything (Love). One problem. One solution.
Forgiveness (correction of the mind) is an integral part of true prayer and makes the method go quicker. Prayer is timeless and continues on forever, and forgiveness could be the illusory ladder over time that returns your brain to the endless exchange. Forgiveness disappears once the mind is wholly corrected and remembers only The Song.
The big secret of true prayer and forgiveness is always to focus on disregarding and stopping what exactly you think you want and need in the illusion, even the specifics, as this wants your brain to be returned to Truth (Love). You are not furthering the illusion. You are agreeing with God that (a) you are a mind; (b) this form world is not real; (c) you made a blunder; and, (d) you can choose again.
Using correction of your brain (forgiveness) places those forms and needs on God’s altar, or in his hands, as idols which are simply anything you have chosen to be more important than God’s Love. No more wanting anything before His Love, the sole effect God could return is your remembrance of Him. The more you quit, the more meaningless the entire world becomes and the faster you sing His Song.
Prayer in the Illusion:
Since your brain still resides with God, the Course says you don’t have to decide alone and should ask the Holy Spirit for help deciding and wait for the answer. Otherwise, you’ve already decided with the ego. If you must make a decision immediately, you’ll receive the right “need” answer right then.
A remedy can be an echo of God’s Voice from the Song of Prayer. You’re not requesting the echo itself. You are choosing the gift of Love from The Song by stopping all form needs. “Need” answers in the illusion are contained within that echo even during the correction of your brain process. They’re met at the amount of the forgiveness ladder you can understand and accept.