Prayer means, basically, communicating with God, usually by talking. Since it seems much easier to talk to God than to hear God, prayer for many people tends to be one-way at first, and even to seem like talking to oneself while faith in the assumption that God exists is small. It may seem especially futile to pray in the beginning, especially when the goal of the prayer is to achieve miracles for someone's benefit, and not a lot of patience is available. During the first years, what I found is that the main utility of prayer was as a means of reflection, sort of a self-therapy, and that rather than making changes in external reality I was much more likely to find changes in my attitude, feelings, beliefs and goals. During difficult times I found prayer to be a comfort and a source of reassurance and wisdom. Sometimes, when I seemed to be close to God, I would gain insights into myself, the nature of God, or in how the things God has taught me fit together. Most of what I write about knowing God was realized during prayer or while letting God guide my thoughts. In prayer I have been given many tools for gaining control over myself, like the ability to examine my motives. During some magical sessions I have literally felt as though God were praying through me, as if I was so in tune with God that He was actually giving me the words to pray. The more I practice prayer, the more easily and naturally it comes and the more beneficial it seems to be.
Two especially powerful forms of prayer, which I hear infrequently in the Church, are:
The auto-catalytic prayer:
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