Q: What is the value of prayer?
A: Prayer sets intention. It sets up the m-field to help you recognize, choose, and manifest things that go along harmoniously with that intention.
By the way, if you ask for something in your prayers, what you’re really saying is that you don’t have something, and you’ll manifest more of a want for that thing rather than the getting. For example, if you say “God, please give me money, I want more money,” you’ll experience the experience of wanting more money, but not necessarily getting it.
On the other hand, if you say “I intend to live my life in abundance,” what you’re really saying is that you want to share your abundance with the world, which then recognizes this condition, and reflects if back on you. Therefore, everyone is enlisted in helping you live your life in abundance, since you are asking and intending to already be a blessing to them.
As an added benefit, in this case, even if you don’t experience a great deal of financial abundance, you will experience the experience of abundance of love, which is, in and of itself, its own reward.
The most powerful prayers are prayers that you use to set up the intention of serving and loving God and others, rather than asking God and others to serve you. When you ask to serve God and others, you align yourself with God, love, and witness conscious, not the ego.
When you’re asking God for things, you are aligning yourself with your egoic consciousness rather than your higher self. Everything in egoic consciousness eventually leads to pain, in some way or another.
So ask to give, rather than to get, and you’ll be happy. The trick is to really mean it, recognize, and let go of your wants of the ego, and live life persistently serving. Then you’ll be happy.