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December 08, 2012

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Brian,

I like your prayer and also the nice elaboration of it that you provide, but I have some thoughts on your following point:

"If I were God, that's exactly the sort of "prayer" which would please me."

Although we don't know this, it's still reasonable to assume that there could be some sort of "power" behind the "creation" and the "smooth" running of this universe, and we all could agree to call that power, God.

Always (and certainly more often than not) expecting something in return for a favor is basically a human tendency and so, by assuming that God would expect/like us to pray him/her, are we not implicitly also assuming God to be human or "like us" (just based upon stories and no such evidence ever having been found)?

I believe that even if there is indeed a power (that we may call God or whatever), that power or the creator/manager/director of the universe would certainly be better than humans and so (the creator/God) would just like us to enjoy the creation rather than praying to the creator (wherein we either ask the creator/God for special favors - whether material or spiritual - and/or to reveal the "truth" about the creation to us).

Just to clarify, I am not, for a moment, suggesting that we should not be thankful to the creator/God (if there is indeed one??!!), and so I believe that:

If the only prayer you say in your life is thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Just my thoughts ......

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