What Do You Pray For?

by Kathy Ruff


Comfortable AbbyAbby looks so comfortable as she rests under the quilt on our bed, loosely connected to “Tom Cat.”  I think she likes Tom Cat’s energy because it’s a stuffed animal I use to send Reiki to people.

Abby was not so fortunate in her earlier years, found as a stray in the Wilkes-Barre area years ago.  But once she was adopted and found our home, all her prayers were answered.  She has food, shelter and, perhaps most importantly, Love.

What do you pray for?  Food?  Shelter?  Love?  Money?  Power? Healing? Peace? A spouse?

I personally have a hard time praying.  My conception of prayer is that we ask for something we don’t have, asking from a level of scarcity or lack.  That understanding doesn’t fit with my belief we already have everything we need.  Instead, we pray for what we want.

Over the past thirty years, I’ve come to understand that so many things we think we need are already available to us.  Sometimes they’re right in front of us yet we don’t see.  Sometimes the things I think I need or want don’t bring the satisfaction I thought I’d get upon receiving them.  I guess I’m a sucker for the masters of marketing.

I’ve learned over the years to appreciate that which I DO have.  Do I want more?  At times, yes.  Do I need more?  No.

What do you ‘pray’ for today?  Peace and awareness of my true relationship with God.  I believe those two things will give me all I’ll ever need or want.

I think Abby has it right…food, shelter and Love…that’s all we really need.  If we have that, we have everything.

So what do you pray for?



About Kathy Ruff

Kathy Ruff is a seasoned, freelance business and inspirational writer and author of the Sharing Peace on the Path blog.
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