“Our prayers for others flow more easily than those for ourselves. This shows we are made to live by charity.” ― C.S. Lewis
Have you ever wondered if there is any truth to the belief that your unselfish prayers are answered first? I have and on several occasions, I have witnessed the truth in this simple saying. Let’s take this thought and ponder over it for a while. Imagine yourself being a God. Now you have one devotee named “ASelf”, and the second person named “BUnself.” ASelf and BUnself, both remember you and sing your praises. They are both created by you; therefore, they are both of equal importance to you. However, at the end of each prayer, ASelf asks you for a prettier life, a better hike, and a palace-like house while BUnself asks for the welfare of an orphan he sees every day on the roadside. Who would you feel the urge to help first?Sadly, I can’t read your mind, but I would love to help BUnself for the simple reason that this person’s prayers are not driven by any selfish motive. Probably along the way, I would try to improve the life of BUnself to see if he remains the same with all the riches in the world.
Forgive me for putting you through this roughly written script, but I hope that the logic makes sense. God is our creator, and he knows the best, but we should not forget that he provided us with the brains to figure out some things on our own. We can’t invite him over for a discussion over a cup of tea; nevertheless, we can observe the pattern. At the first sight of a problem, we start praying to God to help us — I know, I used to do it — forgetting that there are trillions of homeless people, who deserve to be heard first. If we devote a few minutes of our fast running life to pray for those unfortunate fellows, and if God chose to answer us, wouldn’t that be divine? Some might say,”Those are many ifs to base a theory on.” I agree, but I believe it’s worth giving a try.
Let’s just try, each of us, to test the flow of prayer. If the result favors this theory, we would have improved many lives; if not, then that’s no loss, no gain.
P.S. I dedicate this post to the daily post prompt of the day: Flow