The Science of Prayer

Praying during sunset.

“A prayer that is strong and deep will definitely receive God’s answer….By the application of science in religion, your uncertain belief in spiritual possibilities can become realization of their highest fulfilment.”

— Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

God is the love that upholds the universe — the ocean of life and power that pervades all creation. Through scientific methods of prayer, we can attune ourselves to that Infinite Power, and bring healing to body, mind, and spirit.

Some people regard prayer as a vague and ineffective exercise in wishful thinking. The ordinary person resorts to prayer only when in dire trouble and when all other options have failed. But Paramahansa Yogananda taught that true prayer is scientific — being based on precise laws that govern all creation — and is a daily necessity for harmonious living.

Galaxy as a part of God's creation.He explained that our physical bodies and the material world we live in are condensations of invisible patterns of energy. That energy in turn is an expression of finer blueprints of thought — the subtlest vibration — which governs all manifestations of energy and matter. The whole of creation was brought into being by God first in thought or idea form. Then the Divine Consciousness willed those thought patterns to condense into light and energy, and finally into the grosser vibrations of matter.

As human beings, made in the image of God, we are different from the lower forms of creation: we have the freedom to use these same powers of thought and energy. By the thoughts we habitually entertain and act upon, we create the circumstances in which our life unfolds.

Scientific prayer is based on understanding of this truth, and on application of the universal forces of creation: It tunes in with God’s thought patterns of health, harmony, and perfection — and then uses will power to channel energy to help materialise those patterns.

Prayer is the science by which we can attune the human mind and will to the consciousness and will of God. Through prayer, we form a loving, personal relationship with God, and His response is unfailing. We read in Paramahansa Yogananda’s autobiography:

“The Lord responds to all and works for all. Seldom do men realise how often God heeds their prayers. He is not partial to a few, but listens to anyone who approaches Him trustfully. His children should ever have implicit faith in the loving-kindness of their Omnipresent Father.”

By patient and persevering application of God’s unlimited power, we can, with His love and help, create whatever circumstances we desire, and dissolve difficulties and disease — not only for ourselves, but for others.

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