October 20

Reflection

As long as Moses kept his hands raised up, Israel had the better of the fight,
but when he let his hands rest, Amalek had the better of the fight.
Exodus 17:

Although this text is a reflection of a God who intervened in the wars of the Jewish people, we can find something in it that supports an evolving concept of intercessory prayer. Without using the technical language of modern science, we can say that our consciousness extends beyond space and time and we can connect with one another and the entire universe in powerful and healing ways far beyond what we have believed. “At the deepest level of consciousness division disappears. All is One.”(Bede Griffiths, OSB) Love for God and our love for one another are united here. When we join together in prayer we can generate a force that has transformative power. Our individual lives as well as our lives in relationship have an effect on the whole. The symbolism of Moses lifting his hands in prayer and affecting the outcome of the battle is an image of the power of joining our positive energy to that of all those seeking God and the possibility of this growing positive force bringing about the reign of God in our world.

Prayer

May my prayer be a positive force on this earth.

Action

Read some of the scientific material being written about the unity of all. Reflect that your thoughts and your life make a difference in the whole that can bring about change.

Suggested Reading

Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
Luke 18:1-8

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Ephesians 6:18

Science today can actually be found on the side of prayer, even as many of our traditionalist models for approaching ultimate reality are collapsing, and chaos seems to prevail everywhere.
Barbara Fiand

I do believe we’re all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.
Harvey Fierstein

Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared.
Mahatma Gandhi

God has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.
Abdul Kalam

The fewer the words, the better the prayer.
Martin Luther

Prayer is mans greatest power!
W. Clement Stone

Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation the source of strength is one’s self. When one prays he goes to a source of strength greater than his own.
Chiang Kai-shek

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