What It Is Wednesday: How Prayers Are Answered
I believe the answer to prayer takes the path of least resistance.
Sometimes praying for something better means everything around you falls away harshly before something new and good can grow out of scorched earth. Or praying that people will see what you’re really like may mean painful public controversy and proving yourself to the masses with pitchforks. Or praying for a better relationship means the one you have must vanish first. Not what you intended to happen along the way to what you wanted.
When it comes to “praying for your enemies,” I never pray for someone’s downfall. I may pray for understanding from them, & it may come after they experience an abrupt awakening that forces them to see life from my point of view and we may even end up friends.
Or I may pray that their deeds and intentions be in the spotlight, whether those deeds and intentions are good or bane. There is no harm when they are pure of heart and their deeds are blessings, but if there’s subterfuge, then their ugliness is revealed.
Or I pray that they’ll just leave me alone and let me live my life and then something happens to suck up their attention and take it off me. Maybe it’s a happy thing–a new love interest, a promotion that demands more of their attention. More often, since focus on me is often associated with gossips minding my business and with their darker and more destructive energy, these prayers manifest in deep personal and occasionally tragic fruition. Perhaps it’s a family or marital relationship gone awry or the return of an old illness or legal troubles. In any case, I suddenly become the least of their concerns and certainly not a justified concern.
Bad things can happen as a result of prayer, whether that prayer is for one’s self or others, including “enemies.” That doesn’t mean that the person praying is wishing ill will on himself or others. Again, prayer is answered via the path of least resistance.
Think of it this way: prayer is water, and the manifesting force or God or the Universe, if you prefer, is gravity. Water will take the path of least resistance to its end. Pour a bucket of water onto a stone path on a hill and where does the water go? It finds the cracks in the path. If there are no cracks, then the water just sits there, unable to find its desired end. The prayer against you is unanswered and eventually evaporates or your prayer for a particular lover goes nowhere. But if there are multiple paths to answer that prayer, the fastest way, the path of least resistance, will show itself first.
Back in January 2005, I started blogging regularly at a LiveJournal site called SuperGirl@40 as part of my personal therapy to work through healing from a failed marriage…and then suddenly working through all the other crap in my life from childhood. It was a significant part of my healing journey and I shared raw emotions and “dauntless reality” with others in a small circle of new friends who were also dealing with healing from long ago and recent traumas. It was a fairly private blog–well, that privacy lasted until one of my kids mentioned it to an ex-inlaw and then I took a deep breath and watched it go public very quickly. I still write in that raw and profound way I’m known for but having healed so many of my early and frequent wounds, I don’t really write the heavy, raw, vulnerabilities like I used to. I’m committing here to bringing that back, in case you wonder if it ever really left. That means committing to putting the big, scary stuff out there.
The above post is my contribution to this week’s edition of a blog hop started by Kelley Harrell of Soul Intent Arts called “What It Is Wednesday,” which gives bloggers a chance to dauntlessly tell it like it is. You can view the inaugural post to learn more about joining in or just to read other blogs in the hop.