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Yesterday I got the privilege to watch an interview of Marianne Williamson – a bestselling author.

She mentioned a small prayer just three lines in the interview and it captured my attention.

• Where would you have me go?
• What would you have me do?
• What would you have me say and to whom?

I find this prayer a perfect way to communicate with the creator you can call him God or Universe or the Holy Spirit or anything you believe in. I immediately noted it and now it is the prayer I love saying morning and night. This prayer also got me thinking of the mistakes most of us do while praying.

Mistakes while praying:

1. Not Appreciating: This is the worst mistake one does while praying. We receive many blessing in our life but we take it as our birth right without ever saying a word of appreciation. We just keep asking for more. How would you react to a child who constantly asks for more and more toys or sweets and never show any appreciation about it? I always hear parents forcing their kids to say thank you to friends and family for any gifts. But do we say thank you enough; I don’t think so. Just add a genuine appreciation for anything you are grateful for to your prayer. It doesn’t even have to be a recent blessing. Be Grateful as Gratitude is the key to happiness.

2. No Faith: I heard this in one of the seminars by Jack Canfield where he mentions about how we lack faith. “When we place an order to Domino’s Pizza we do not call them after every 5 to 10 minutes to check if they will surely do the delivery. Then why cannot we show some faith in our creator.” It must get annoying for the almighty to hear the same thing again and again. Plus our doubts always act as hurdles for our blessings that are trying to reach us.

3. Begging: This may sound harsh but if you hear what we say to God in our prayers it sounds as if we are begging. “Dear God Please do this, please give me that, blah blah blah”. We forget that God is our creator who wants to see us thrive but nothing is going to be served to us on a silver platter. God helps those who help themselves but we have to initiate. Instead offer our service to fulfill the divine order. Everything is a part of the divine order by fulfilling our role we achieve everything we are meant to achieve in the easiest and fastest way. This is preciously what is mentioned in the prayer above. Ask the creator how we can fulfill our role and God will guide us to reach our highest level. If we want to see the creator we can look at nature. It is all about abundance, no lack, no limitation. A seed knows it’s role and it develop into a huge tree similarly there is abundance in all aspects for us if we let creator take charge and guide us to fulfill our destiny or role in this divine order. We are meant to be abundant, happy, and peaceful. The lack is what we create by our own limiting believes mainly about scarcity, adjustment and sacrifices.

    “Whatever happened, happened for the good; whatever is happening, is happening for the good; whatever will happen, will also happen for the good only. You need not have any regrets for the past. You need not worry for the future. The present is happening.” – The Bhagavad Gita

Marianne Williamson books <a href=”(Get Here) are a must read if you want to understand the importance of Love and Spirituality (which means the same for me) in our life.

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13 comments on “3 Mistakes you are probably making while you Pray

  1. niranjan

    Nice read. But what should people who are atheists do? or let say spritual but not religious? I think, in most or the majority of cases we dont have faith on ourselves, and dont recognize the power hidden or weakened in ourself. Once we do so, there is no stopping. So, my understanding is, before we nurture faith on something having faith on us is must and once our mind and actions sync, the quote from The Bhagvad Gita would sink in too well.

    My opinion.
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  2. yamini Post author

    Thank you Michael for your comment :).

  3. Anunoy Samanta

    Nice, insightful study Yamini… may be you forgot to include a fourth mistake- our deals before the Father in the form of ‘Mannat’ !
    and thanks a lot for dropping by my just4suzan 🙂
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  4. yamini Post author

    Thank you MySay your comments are very encouraging. I love to write about self improvement and I am very proud of the ancient rich culture and wisdom. Unfortunately we have forgotten most of this wisdom and misunderstood the rest. You made my day with such a nice comment. Thank you :).

  5. My Say

    thank you Yamini for sharing the eternally blissful words …. the words of Bhagwad Gita should be considered the base of life .. at least I believe .. no regrets for past.. no worries for future .. and present is happening.. for we have come here for our share of role and He who has sent us , the Creator , should be prayed for helping us justify our being on His space full of abundance , as your rightly mentioned..

    Thank you dear friend once again for sharing so much sense in few sentences !! Appreciate it !
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  6. yamini Post author

    Thank You Rajesh. Yes I love that quote. Whenever I get worried about any situation I always remind myself this quote and magically that situation becomes more like a blessing in disguise.

  7. Rajesh

    Wonderful analysis. That quote from Bhagavad Gita very apt.
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  8. yamini Post author

    Thanks Jessica for your comment. I didn’t realize the title is a bit misleading thanks for pointing out. I am glad you still read the post 🙂 and agreed with it. A to Z introduced me to many amazing bloggers and it has been a fun challenge. I wish you enjoy the challenge as well.

  9. Jessica

    The title of your post caught me off guard a bit because I didn’t see how someone could make mistakes doing something that was important to them. However, as I read on, I realized I’d have to agree.

    Have fun with the rest of a-z. 🙂

  10. yamini Post author

    Thanks Kathe, The Bhagavad Gita quote was a reminder for me too I am glad you liked it. Wish you a wonderful weekend too.

  11. Kathe W.

    Thoughtful post- I especially appreciated the quote by The Bhagavad Gita
    Have a pleaseant weekend!

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