While most of us have already been brought up to think that prayer involves pleading to God to greatly help, save, fix problems and bring us things in this world, that’s incorrect prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is quite 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 head 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 based on that which you ask for (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 side as cause for effect.
Forms (all things of the 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 head (forgiveness). True prayer requires this correction of your head as God has nothing to do with forms.
What Prayer is Not:
Because you are usually deciding, that which you ask for once you pray is what counts. Whenever you plead in prayer to own God fix a questionnaire 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 will remain hidden to the degree you select the illusion.
All external things (forms) are needs. Other labels are wants, desires, status, problems, sickness, human love (special relationships), gifts and goals in this world, etc. They are that which you choose as substitutes for God’s Love and the ego will distort the goal of prayer by with them to further the illusion. Therefore, prayer can’t be about “forms” or “needs” in 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 a course in miracles lessons. God gave this gift of Want to His Son at Creation in order that it is a single voice shared by both 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 remains 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. Anyone who has ever remembered the tiniest instant of the all-inclusive joy must begin questioning what he is choosing (praying for) and how to change his mind so he can have that most the time.
True Prayer and Forgiveness:
True prayer is: (1) asking to receive what’s already there, The Song; and, (2) along the way, using forgiveness (correction of the mind) to stop the ego forms or what’s not necessarily there. Joining with Love in true prayer is seeking 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 a part of true prayer and makes the process go quicker. Prayer is timeless and continues on forever, and forgiveness is the illusory ladder with time that returns your head to this endless exchange. Forgiveness disappears when the mind is totally corrected and remembers only The Song.
The big secret of true prayer and forgiveness is always to concentrate on disregarding and quitting what exactly you believe you need and need in the illusion, even the specifics, as this wants your head to be returned to Truth (Love). You are not furthering the illusion. You are agreeing with God that (a) you’re a head; (b) this form world isn’t real; (c) you made a mistake; 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 nothing more than anything you have chosen to be much more important than God’s Love. No more wanting anything before His Love, the sole effect God could return is the remembrance of Him. The more you stop trying, the more meaningless the world becomes and the faster you sing His Song.
Prayer in the Illusion:
Since your head still resides with God, the Course says you don’t have to choose 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 need to make a decision immediately, you’ll receive the appropriate “need” answer right then.
A solution is definitely an echo of God’s Voice from the Song of Prayer. You’re not seeking the echo itself. You are choosing the gift of Love from The Song by quitting all form needs. “Need” answers in the illusion are contained within that echo even throughout the correction of your head process. They are met at the degree of the forgiveness ladder you are able to understand and accept.