We have direct access to the Ultimate Supreme Being and he loves us enough to count the hairs on our head.Divine Code
Amulek gives a wonderful sermon about prayer including a full, descriptive list of things to remember in our prayers. Then he adds this little gem at the end:
But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness. (Alma 34:26)
The phrase “pour out your souls” is rich in meaning. Especially when we contemplate what “pour out” means. From the thesaurus:
pour out; unleash, ventilate, loose, release, verbalize, provide escape
Are there pent up feelings, thoughts, emotions, hurts, frustrations, sins, challenges, confusion, anger, confessions, resentment, shame or pride holed up somewhere in your soul? What needs to be unleashed, verbalized or loosened from your conscience? These pieces form a meaningful alter to offer prayer.
Prayer Changes Things
Honest, heartfelt prayer is one of our biggest, remarkable treasures. We have direct access to the Ultimate Supreme Being and he loves us enough to count the hairs on our head.
Almost 20 years ago I took a class at a ‘Church Education Week’ in Los Angeles, CA taught by my dear friend, Janie Noble. She called it “The Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic.” Despite the dry-sounding title, it turned out to be one of the most eye-opening, memorable classes of my lifetime. First, the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic is not a recited, memorized prayer, Instead, it’s a remarkable boiler plate of celestial language where you fill in the blanks. I found out some prayers can shake the heavens and your spirit. Every. Single. Time.
Over the years I developed my own version of the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer which pours out my soul and flows the Spirit and power in.
My Prayer to the Father
By Shawnie Cannon
(Inspired by the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic)
O thou, Great Man of Holiness, from whom the gift of
existence, creation, and blessing comes.
Thy glory and shining rises and fills all eternal realms with light and power.
(And powers the potential ability of all things)
May the Light of Christ be experienced in my utmost holiest.
(Help me let go, Clear the space inside of busy forgetfulness)
(Gift the Spirit within me)
This is where you meditate and pause to get yourself in true prayer mode. Wait until you feel present and connected. Compare this to “Thy kingdom come.”
Unite my will (literally my “I can”) to thine – so I can walk as
A queen (or king) with every creature.
(Grant me unity with the Savior. Touch me with the power of Heaven)
Notice the message of our potential and our divinity in these words. This is where you insert your purpose, idea, intent, and reason(s) for praying. You’re praying to partner wills, intent, and problem-solving and be empowered with Him to accomplish righteous designs.
Nehwê tzevjânach aikâna d’bwaschmâja af b’arha.
Let your will be manifest in me, and let it come true on earth
just as it does in all the universe (in all creation).
Hawvlân lachma d’sûnkanân jaomâna.
Grant what I need each day in understanding, insight, and sustenance for those who cross my paths.
Waschboklân chaubên wachtahên aikâna daf chnân schwoken l’chaijabên.
Loose the cords of mistakes binding me, empower me to
release the strands I hold of others’ guilt.
Take the time to visualize yourself letting go of the strands connected to the wrongs done to you. Open your fist and let your energetic ties to them fly off. They don’t cease to be wrongs; the Lord will take care of them. However, they stop cluttering your light and holding back your potential.
Wela tachlân l’nesjuna
Don’t let superficial things delude me.
(materialism, everyday temptations, and distractions)
ela patzân min bischa.
but free me from what holds me back from my true purpose.
Metol dilachie malkutha wahaila wateschbuchta l’ahlâm almîn.
From You comes the lively strength to act. Please gift the vital force, the energy,
the glorious harmony, the song, the rejuvenation, the returning light, the power,
and the glory that beautifies all and renews itself from age to age.
I say these things sealed in trust, hope, and faith.
In the name of Christ, my Elder Brother
(I confirm with my entire being)
(Power to these statements)
Sometimes I put this prayer template in front of me to help guide me while I pray. Even so, my prayer is unique and all my own every time – outlined with heartfelt, precious truths I want to remember.
Here is a downloadable, printer-friendly version:
Meaningful, memorable experiences happen when we “pour out.” May you find intensity, strength, and connection in your prayers.
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