I’m on e-mail prayer lists for a few organizations. It’s interesting how many different ways people approach it. From just asking you to pray for someone to long lists of specific things they want you to pray for regarding that person. From not too much info about the intended prayer recipient to lots of details.
For every request I see I send long distance Reiki and say a silent prayer that the energy should serve the highest good of all concerned. And then I assume the Universe knows better than I do how best to use the energy. I always feel awkward about the ones that are very specific in their requests, from asking for a particular outcome to a surgery or illness to prayers for certain behaviors from the doctors and/or nurses to how the loved ones will feel.
I know one theory about prayers and affirmations is that you need to be very specific. Sometimes I’ve used that theory and written a really specific affirmation. But mostly I’ve come to feel that my personality level self isn’t nearly as wise about the big picture and what’s best as the Divine is, so I like to pray or affirm kind of generally and leave it to a higher power to determine the specifics.
Particularly when it comes to the illnesses of people I don’t know it feels odd to me to assume that I know what outcome will serve the highest good of all. In that situation I have a lot of faith the Universe will use the energy I offer to serve the recipient well.
I also don’t especially feel that I need specifics — in my prayer I usually name the one who sent the prayer request as friend or aunt or whatever of “Ann Marie” (whoever the recipient is) and assume the Universe knows where it needs to go. I’ve seen other people ask for more information in order to better focus their prayers.
Ultimately, I don’t think there’s any right or wrong — if the intent is good and the prayers are being offered, I think the Universe knows how to use it. But it makes me curious to hear what you think about prayers and specificity? How does faith enter into that equation for you?
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