December 11, 2012 § 1 Comment
Though [Enlightenment] neither usurps the place of, nor apes religion, prayer is an essential part of Our ceremonies. It is the aspiration of the soul toward the Absolute and Infinite Intelligence, which is the One Supreme Deity, most feebly and misunderstandingly characterized as an “Architect”.
Certain faculties of man are directed toward the Unknown – thought, meditation, prayer. The Unknown is an ocean, of which conscience is the compass. Thought, meditation, prayer, are the great mysterious pointings of the needle. It is spiritual magnetism that thus connects the human soul with the Deity. These majestic irradiations of the soul pierce through the shadow toward the light.
It is but a shallow scoff to say that prayer is absurd, because it is not possible for us, by means of it, to persuade God to change His plans. He produces foreknown and foreintended effects, by the instrumentality of the forces of nature, all of which are His forces. Our own are part of these.
Our free agency and our will are forces. We do not absurdly cease to make efforts to attain wealth or happiness, prolong life, and continue health, because we cannot by any effort change what is predestined. If the effort also is predestined, it is not the less our effort, made of our free will. So, likewise, we pray.
Will is a force. Thought is a force. Prayer is a force.
Why should it not be of the law of God, that prayer, like Faith & Love, should have its effects? Man is not to be comprehended as a starting-point, or progress as a goal, without those two great forces: Faith & Love.
Prayer is sublime.
Orisons that beg and clamor are pitiful.
To deny the efficacy of prayer, is to deny that of Faith, Love, and Effort. Yet the effects produced, when our hand, moved by our will, launches a pebble into the ocean, never cease; and every uttered word is registered for eternity upon the invisible air.
~ Albert Pike, 1871 ~