Determined Prayer

Over the past few days I have been praying for someone to get a job. Buddhist prayer isn’t about asking or making a request. Buddhist prayer is about getting in sync with the rhythm of the universe and making something happen. Here’s a quote from Nichiren Diashonin who taught us how to pray writing, “I am praying that, no matter how troubled the times may become, the Lotus Sutra and the ten demon daughters will protect all of you, praying as earnestly as though to produce fire from damp wood, or to obtain water from parched ground.” I pray every morning and every night but how often do I pray with such fervent determination? Over the past few days I have prayed until I was absolutely sure that she would get the job beyond a shadow of a doubt. Needless to say–she got the job! Now if only I could pray like that all the time!

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  1. Deb Lang says:

    Jennie, thank you for sharing your thoughts on “Determined Prayer”. I love Nichiren’s passage of how to pray. I have re-determined that I also pray in such a manner. I love that we are not beseeching, but vowing through our strong prayer to become in total rhythm with the universe to make our prayers come true.

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