Beggars Prayer vs Creators Prayer

Beggars Prayer vs. Creators Prayer

How do you pray?

Last month LOA Business Coach Matt O’Grady invited us to consider how we pray.

He suggested that all prayers are not created equal, as some are a beggar’s prayer (as in “God, please help me, I really need this”) while others are a creator’s prayer (i.e. “I stake my claim as a divine being and am ready to receive”).

We know it’s not the words that dictate how our world unfolds, but rather the energy behind those words. And it’s not hard to feel the difference between the needful “asking” version versus the empowered “claiming it” prayer.

In fact, we’ve probably all heard Alice Walker’s quote that “thank you is the best prayer anyone could say.”

Along those lines, P’taah’s Morning Song is one of my favorite prayers. I’ll paste an excerpt below, but please visit their page to read the entire piece (where you can also order a laminated copy). I’ve kept a copy on my desk for years!

P’taah’s Thank You Prayer:

Thank you for the miracle of life that I am and
thank you for the miracle of life I see reflected all about me.

Thank you for the gift of life that I am.

Thank you for this perfect body, my health and well-being,
thank you.

Thank you for the abundance that I am and
thank you for the abundance I see reflected all about me.

Thank you for the riches and the richness of my life and
thank you for the river of money which flows to me and through me,
thank you.

Thank you for the excitement and adventure of the millions of wondrous
possibilities and wondrous probabilities,Β thank you.

excerpt from P’taah’s Morning Song, as channelled by Jani King 1998

And with that, I’llΒ reiterate Matt’s invitation to be aware of how you’re praying today.

  • June 1, 2013
  • Monica says:

    …and thank you for the abundance that I see reflected all around me.

  • Matt OGrady says:

    Great comment, Stacey. Yeah, that guy Jesus knew a thing or 2! πŸ˜‰ I am reading the Neville Goddard book on Faith right now, which discusses the ‘energy’ behind what we believe, pray, think about before sleep, so powerful and beautiful. Yet, JC just rolls the whole divine truth behind the LOA in a few words. Amazing. πŸ™‚

  • You’re right. It’s the energy (or belief) behind your prayer that dictates your results. That’s why Jesus said, “Whatsoever you desire when you pray, believe you have received it- and you will have it.”

  • Matt OGrady says:

    HAHA! Jennifer, I will! πŸ™‚ ‘Ditty up!’ GF!
    Jennifer you are my kind a peep, hope to connect!

  • jennifer says:

    say it loud and say it proud, matt! πŸ™‚
    feeling inspired to write a few ‘ditties’ myself, now!

  • Matt OGrady says:

    Thanks, Jennifer. I sooooo agree with you. YES on Passion. πŸ™‚
    The whole claiming piece makes no excuses, no apologies for who we are or what we going for, we just vibrrrrrrrate it, chin up, heart open, smiling, ready to receive!
    Oh Yeah, this conversation lights me up!!!!! πŸ™‚

  • jennifer says:

    I like the way you put that, matt πŸ™‚
    I honestly used to think it was something that was said ‘feebly’ until i’d seen the video… and the (dare I use the word ‘passion’?) with which it was said, suddenly made it all make sense.
    And now, with this post/article of Jeannette’s… makes it so clear that the power is ours, but only if we claim it without apologizing, explaining, etc…

  • Matt OGrady says:

    My pleasure, Jeannette!
    Jennifer, I love it! Yes, I see the Our Father as a statement of our Oneness, as a guide to understanding how to view our relationship/oneness with the divine. Its basically a great affirmation that as we think and feel so our lives shall be, add in being grateful and appreciative, now we are really on the magic carpet ride!

  • jennifer says:

    you are most welcome πŸ™‚
    and, ‘I know!!’ … I actually got shivers when I heard the man say it!! … t’was a revelation, no doubt πŸ™‚

  • Oh my gosh, I LOVE that, Jennifer! (speak it “with an exclamation mark at the end”!)
    That feels like the kind of energy that does us justice as the powerful creators we are. πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for posting that!

  • jennifer says:

    Thanks, Jeannette πŸ™‚
    there was a video i’d once seen (can’t recall who it was by, unfortunately) which, now… come to think of it, completely confirms what you’ve written (ps: love the way you put things in your articles… straight to the point, clever, and entertaining, too!)
    essentially, the minister in the video (and, i’m not for/against any religious denomination here… to each his own :)) said that ‘the lord’s prayer’ should be stated more as a command combined with a feeling of gratitude… basically, the line ‘thy kingdom come’ should have an exclamation mark at the end of it, to show that the speaker is firmly stating what he/she desires to have occur. (with the portions dedicated to gratitude still maintaining the ‘feeling’ of such.

  • jennifer says:

    I guess this is why we call it ‘spell-ing’ πŸ™‚

  • That Morning Song is a great prayer, isn’t it, Jamie? So glad you enjoyed it!
    Meredith, I got goosebumps reading about how you’re using the power of prayer – for yourself and others. Very nice!

  • Thanks for this post, which got me thinking more about prayer. I like the focus on the energy behind the words, and I think that’s one reason prayer is so powerful: it invites us to step into different energy. I love prayer because it creates what it is we’re asking for. When I pray for help, I receive help just in acknowledging that I can’t (and don’t have to) do everything on my own. When I pray that someone else feel love, I get in touch with my own love for them and send it their way. When I pray for hope, or guidance, or faith, the prayer itself often creates those things. I love that prayer is both an appeal to forces more powerful than us and an affirmation of our own power to create what we hope for. It implicitly acknowledges both our powerfulness and powerlessness in one and the same action.

  • Jamie says:

    Hi Janette, I love your website and enjoy reading your blog posts! This is perfect timing as I was just talking to someone about gratitude and being thankful for what they already have. I am saving a copy of the Thank you Prayer.

  • That’s cute, Jennifer – thanks for that! πŸ™‚
    Matt, such a good point that we are virtually always in some sort of signal/prayer that is either allowing or not allowing what we want.
    And I love the idea of getting conscious about (and good at managing) what our “energetic signature” is.
    Thanks for posting, you two!

  • Matt OGrady says:

    Thank you, Jeannette. I sincerely appreciate the mention. The P’taah prayer is truly sublime.
    This idea of conscious/claiming prayer vs. the unconscious/beggars prayer has become such a fun exploration for me. Especially when I came to the realization that I am always praying, I am always asking, claiming or not claiming and so on….
    My thoughts, ideas, feelings, attitudes, words, wishes, are really just one continuous prayer, one continuous vibration, ‘energetic signature’, that I am sending out to people, the Earth, the Universes and beyond. The more that I can become conscious of what my prayer is, the more aligned I can become with my wishes and vibrate what feels the best in any moment, to literally live from that place in the Now, with ‘I Am’ energy…
    God, this life is fun. πŸ™‚

  • jennifer says:

    in other words, skip the ‘pleas’ and just say ‘thank you’ πŸ™‚ love this, and grateful for the reminder πŸ™‚

  • I love your reminder, Nancy, to customize our words in whatever way feels best.
    And Stephen, I’m appreciating your post about just how simple it can be.

  • Well said, Stephen! πŸ™‚
    I have gravitated toward New Thought Affirmative prayer, especially how Florences Scovel Shinn worded them:
    Infinite Intelligence, thank you that…(what we see happening)…under grace, in perfect ways, for the benefit of all.
    Many blessings,

  • Stephen says:

    thank you!

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