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The Power of Prayer

6 spiritual leaders offer advice on how you can pray

"I don't have a prayer, of course, because I don't want anything but what I have," Byron Katie says. — Rick Rusing

BYRON KATIE
Spiritual teacher and founder of The Work in Ojai, Calif.

I often say that if I had a prayer, it would be this: God, spare me from the desire for love, approval or appreciation. Amen. Love doesn't need to change anything. It already has everything it wants. It already is everything it wants, just the way it wants it.

I don't have a prayer, of course, because I don't want anything but what I have. I know the benevolence of life. Why would I pray for something different, which would always be less than what is? God is simply another name for reality. It's complete, it's perfect, it fills me with the utmost joy. The thought of asking for what isn't never even arises.

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