While many of us have now been brought up to trust that prayer involves pleading to God to simply help, save, fix problems and bring us things nowadays, that is not the case prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is very different and very beautiful. Higher than a song, it is joyous exchange of Love and thanks between God and His Creations that employs the forgiveness process to improve your head until the Prayer Song is all that remains. Oahu is the ticket home so understanding true prayer, and forgiveness, is worth the amount of time in retraining the mind.
Prayer is exchanging (sharing) a Song of Love and Creation or judgments of the ego based on what you request (agree with) in the mind. There’s no other way. In the Course, your head (content) is split between God and the ego; and you’re choosing constantly with a part as cause 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 will give it down anytime by correcting your head (forgiveness). True prayer requires this correction of your head as God has nothing to do with forms.
What Prayer is Not:
As you are always deciding, what you request whenever you pray is what counts. Once you plead in prayer to possess God fix an application problem with another form problem, you’re asking the ego mind for help (not God). Those forms and needs are deemed more important than God’s Love that’ll 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 a course in miracles lessons. They are what you choose as substitutes for God’s Love and the ego will distort the objective of prayer by using them to help expand the illusion. Therefore, prayer can not be about “forms” or “needs” in any way.
The Intent behind 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 Love to His Son at Creation to ensure that it’s a single voice shared by both the Creator and Created. Continuously sharing Love and Creation back and forth extends them forever in eternity. That’s prayer’s purpose.
Through this form world of illusion, this prayer continues to be something special from God offered through the Holy Spirit, the memory of God in the mind. It’s how you reach God in the illusion. Anyone who has ever remembered the littlest instant with this all-inclusive joy must begin questioning what he is choosing (praying for) and how to change his mind so he can have that the time.
True Prayer and Forgiveness:
True prayer is: (1) asking to get what’s already there, The Song; and, (2) as you go along, using forgiveness (correction of the mind) to quit 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 procedure go quicker. Prayer is timeless and continues forever, and forgiveness could be the illusory ladder in time that returns your head to this endless exchange. Forgiveness disappears when the mind is completely corrected and remembers only The Song.
The big secret of true prayer and forgiveness is always to focus on disregarding and giving up what exactly you think you would like and need in the illusion, even the specifics, as this wants your head to be returned to Truth (Love). You’re not furthering the illusion. You’re agreeing with God that (a) you’re a mind; (b) this form world is not real; (c) you made a blunder; and, (d) you are able to choose again.
Using correction of your head (forgiveness) places those forms and needs on God’s altar, or in his hands, as idols which are only anything you’ve chosen to become more important than God’s Love. No longer wanting anything before His Love, the only effect God could return is your remembrance of Him. The more you give up, the more meaningless the entire world becomes and the faster you sing His Song.
Prayer in the Illusion:
Since your head still resides with God, the Course says there isn’t to decide alone and should ask the Holy Spirit for help deciding and watch for the answer. Otherwise, you’ve already decided with the ego. If you have to come to a decision on the spot, you’ll get the correct “need” answer right then.
A solution can be an echo of God’s Voice from the Song of Prayer. You’re not requesting the echo itself. You’re choosing the gift of Love from The Song by giving up all form needs. “Need” answers in the illusion are contained within that echo even during the correction of your head process. They are met at the amount of the forgiveness ladder you are able to understand and accept.