Our prayers receive more attention than many of us believe. One of the recurring themes in Spiritist literature is the care and consideration of our prayers. We are listened to in the spirit world. No matter how small or inconsiderable we think ourselves to be, our requests are analyzed. Read More.
High on the upper boundary of the tenth level of heaven, there exists a colossal tower, with ten sides. Each side processes the prayers and requests of a specific stage; from the lowest level of heaven up to and including the tenth level. A grand central station of thoughts, quandaries, conundrums, and problems which all need a response. The spirit Zabdiel describes the location; the facility is on a plateau. The ground covered in stone, the color of fire; the reflection of the stone permeates the air above to a height of one hundred yards. Next he tells about the building itself: Read More.
By Geraldo Goulart
Life in society offers opportunities to analyze how we deal with the people we live with. Moreover, we often find those people who allow themselves to get upset easily. Now some are relatives, friends, and at other times, traveling companions we find at work, at school, which, in any quarrel, get upset and react immediately, and we say that they have a “combative spirit.”
We are not singling out those who fight through adversity with great determination and get upset at obstacles. We refer here to those others who are carried away by the feeling of anger, anger when they feel thwarted or misled. The slightest slip of the tongue, the lack of attention of those who meet them, the unpreparedness of those who intervene, will be enough reason to start a reaction that will hardly be assuaged with a few words.
The problem that one can identify with this irritability, it induces such people to adopt strange and ridiculous attitudes, and they ignore the great harm they cause to themselves. By allowing themselves to change their spiritual vibrations to the pitch of anger – a low vibration feeling – it injects into your body automatically, unnecessary doses of adrenaline that further unbalance them, as they are blinded by revenge with a desire of taking satisfaction as to what happened that, as a rule, has no basis in fact.
The emotional imbalance affects not only your physical body but also the spiritual body due to the existing natural link between these two vehicles in which intelligence is manifested. Such repercussions are harmful to both.
For more “hot-blooded” a person is, a person must learn the “good fight” as taught by Paul, the apostle. When exposed to the verbal excesses generated by anger, and fortified by the desire to retaliate, man can commit any barbaric act of which will regret it later, when the return to reason invariable occurs.
The ire evokes the involvement of invisible escorts and always malefic to man. Hence the warning of Jesus, in the Gospel, so that we should watch and pray. If someone close, connected on to them, tries to show them the ridiculous bigotry of which they deliver, they reveal another facet: short patience and then the turning against those who try to help them.
Arrogance and impatience! Terrible combination of bad qualities that some of our fellow-travelers bring out, and we can not help them because its removal is necessary to be worked, patient and daily, through silent prayer that will serve them to help to disarm and stop seeking the reprisal and helps to pacify themselves inwardly and leave in peace those who love and respect them.
After all, we need each other to carry out our mission along the earthly path. And anger reproduces dissension and so more and more difficulties arise, putting us away from the people who would be a precious help to enrich the fullness of our life.
A dear friend of spirit labors told us once about a personal experience: he was standing inside a crowded bus, as it is common to those seeking public transportation in a normal working day morning, when someone sitting on the bench where he was standing, signaled it would be free at the next stop. At his side, and holding the same handle, a man younger than him, agitated, tensed his arm against our friend’s arm and, looking at him steadily, with angry look, asked him: “- Let’s fight over the seat?“. Understanding that the man wanted to seize the opportunity to sit on the seat that was beginning to be free, as the passenger sitting stood up asking passing to get off the bus, our friend, pacified by their daily prayers, looking at him bluntly replied: “- No, my brother, you are surely tired and deserves to occupy the seat. You can sit“. In addition, he walked back so that the man could occupy the empty seat. Therefore, an unexpected change occurred. The young man lowered his head and backed away, apologizing for his intemperate attitude and offered the seat to my friend. When they left the bus at the final station, they shook hands and started walking to same side of the street. While they went along the sidewalk, my friend heard from that man he had a family trouble. So my friend asked him if he could talk a little about Jesus. While my friend was talking, he saw that the man started thinking and understood that his own problem was not as big as he thought it seemed to be. From that day on, they became friends and once a month that young man goes to a Spirit Center to hear and learn about Jesus’ Gospel.
With a peaceful attitude, without war, but carrying out the “good fight” we referred to above, our friend not only dodged a battle but also helped steady a person who possessed a “combative spirit” that morning. The day ran its course, certainly with peace of mind for both.
Prayer is a powerful tool that everyone should use day-to-day because it acts as if it were a shield, protecting the person who prays from numerous dangers and attacks at times that no one suspected would occur.
The power of prayer causes the person to change his route making her choose one path over another to reach its destination and thus fail to have an accident, for example. How can this occur? It is because, praying, spiritual friends realize the positive vibes that soul and are attracted by the sincere vibrations emanating from it, approaching to give intuitive ideas, in order to stop the person from encounter situations that would not be to their advantage.
Studying the “Gospel According to Spiritism”, which is the interpretation of the Good Spirits of the teachings of Jesus, we learn that:
“The first duty of all human beings, the first act which should mark the return to activity each day, is prayer. Most people pray, but only a very few really know how to pray! Of what importance to God are sentences which are mechanically linked together from habit, a duty to perform which weighs as heavily as any other duty? The prayers of a Christian, of a Spiritist, or of whatever cult, must be made as soon as the Spirit returns to the fleshly yoke; it should be raised up to the feet of the Divine Majesty with humility and profundity, in an impulse of gratitude for all the many benefits received till that day; for the night just past during which it was permitted, although without knowing, to get close to friends and guides so as to be able to absorb new strength and more perseverance through this contact. You should lift yourself up humbly to the feet of the Lord, so as to offer up your weaknesses, plead for help, indulgence and mercy. This prayer should be profound, because it is your soul that should raise itself up to the Creator, and in doing so, it should become transfigured, as was Jesus on the mount when He showed the radiant splendor of His hope and love.
Your prayer should include a request for His blessings for all those things you really need. Therefore it is useless to ask the Lord to shorten your tests and trials, or to give you happiness and riches.” 
And also as follows,
“Prayer is an invocation through which, by means of thought, Man enters into communication with the being to whom he directed himself. This may be for the purpose of asking for something, giving thanks or as a glorification. We may pray for ourselves or for others, for the living or for the dead. Prayers addressed to God are heard by those Spirits who are charged with the execution of His will. All those addressed to good Spirits are referred to God. When someone prays to beings other than God, these are serving as mediators or intercessors, because nothing can happen without God’s wishes. 
“It is through prayer that Man obtains the assistance of the good Spirits who come running to sustain him in his good resolutions and inspire wholesome ideas. In this manner he acquires the moral strength necessary to be able to surmount all difficulties, and come back to the straight and narrow path should he at any time stray from it. By these means he can also turn away from himself all the evil which he attracts through his faults. For example: a man loses his health due to his excesses and so leads a life of suffering till the termination of his days. Has he then the right to complain if he does not obtain the cure he so desires? No, because he could have found the strength to resist temptation through the act of prayer.” 
We understand that we still have much to learn about the teachings that the Lord has given us and especially that we can improve our personal condition so only by the inclusion of prayer exercise in the list of our daily habits.
 The Gospel According to Spiritism – Chaper 27, item 22 – “Instructions from the Spirits. The Way to Pray”
 The Gospel According to Spiritism – Chaper 27, item 9 – “The Act of Prayer. Transmission of Thought”
 The Gospel According to Spiritism – Chaper 27, item 11 – “The Act of Prayer. Transmission of Thought”
Our prayers receive more attention than many of us believe. One of the recurring themes in Spiritist literature is the care and consideration of our prayers. We are listened to in the spirit world. No matter how small or inconsiderable we think ourselves to be, our requests are analyzed.
The importance of prayer for ourselves and how the spirit world reacts to our devotions is discussed in the book, Life Beyond the Veil, in The Lowlands of Heaven section. It was a communication to the Rev G. Vale Owen from Astriel in the spirit world that touches upon the power of prayer and meditation:
“Prayer is not merely the asking for something you wish to attain. It is much more than that, and, because it is so, it should receive more careful consideration than it has yet received. What you have to do in order to make a prayer a power is to cast aside the temporal and fix you mind and spirit on the eternal. When you do that you find that many items you would have included in your prayer drop out from the very incongruity of their presence, and the greater and wider issues become to you the focus of your creative powers. For prayer is really creative, as the exercise of the will, as seen in our Lord’s miracles, such as the feeding of the five thousand. And when prayer is offered with this conviction, then the object is created, and the prayer is answer – that is, the objective answers to the subjective in such a way that an actual creation has taken place.”[i]
There are several concepts presented in the above that are not normally associated with prayer. First, is the aspect of thinking about the eternal, since we are here on earth to learn to be more loving and spiritual, praying for superfluous material possessions will get all of the attention it deserves! Which is to say, very little. On the other hand, desiring to be given strength to successfully end a trial with newfound knowledge, is an imperishable attribute we would take with us for life after life.
Praying for enlightenment, such as a solution to a problem, or for the benefit of others will always receive due consideration. This type of request which illustrates a desire for spiritual or intellectual self-advancement is a sign to the spirit world that one is serious about their assignment on earth.
The second concept is that our thoughts are translated into action. What we pray for, if it is worthy of an answer, is transformed into physical reality. Praying for help in finding shelter for your family, so they may strive through their own trials without the worry of homelessness, could, for instance, cause a person to decide to rent out their house to the requesting family at a lower rate or with a smaller deposit or no last month’s rent. All actions brought about by the manipulations of the spirit world on behalf of the person requesting Divine assistance.
My example isn’t merely an intellectual exercise. I have known people in dire straits, people who have selflessly helped others, receive free housing, which comes out of the blue. A woman, who was recovering from the aftermath of a near death experience, wasn’t able to work, yet she still insisted in providing care for others, was given the opportunity to stay rent-free in a house. All she had to do was to take care of a small park. These are not coincidences, but planned assistance from the Spirit Realm.
While on earth, we consider our thoughts to be perishable. As quick as we think, they are gone. They are meaningless. This is not true. Our thoughts radiate outward from us. Each thought is tagged with our personal identification and most probably, a time stamp and a location.
We know this by two sources; first, by what is told to us in Spiritist literature and secondly, accounts from near death experiences. When people who have reported a life review during a NDE, they invariably describe the ability of the spirit world to recount their thoughts, second by second, and the feelings of others interacting with them. Nothing is lost or forgotten.
What Happens to a Misguided Prayer
Now that we have learned what a prayer should be, we would like to know what happened to all of those selfish prayers. Like the ones I used to make as a kid, wishing for a new bike, or the most regular prayer I had; asking that school be closed tomorrow, or the whole week if possible. We are told:
“Then the project of the will glances off tangent, and the effect is only proportionate to the scattered rays by which the objective is touched. Also, when the prayer is mixed with motives unworthy it is proportionately weakened, and also meets with opposing or regulating wills on this side, as the case may require; and so the effect is not attained as desired.”[ii]
In essence, if we pray for something selfishly, it is duly noted, but mostly ignored. When we pray for what we should not have, the answer may come back to us in another lesson. Be careful where you turn your attention, for your thoughts and desires may have unintended consequences.
A woman recounted a near death experience, where she started it off by asking God to make her happy. She had a good job and a wonderful husband, but this wasn’t enough for her. Her prayer was answered. She was in a terrible automobile accident where she was in intense pain. So bad, she could no longer work. It was the lowest moment of her life.
Then she yelled at God, telling the Supreme Intelligence that her life was even worse. Again, her prayer was answered. After taking her pain medicine and going out to dinner, she became so drunk, that on her way home she vomited in the car, and then insisting she could walk to the front door, without the help of her husband, she fell and hit her head. Her husband drove her to the hospital.
Only when she was recovering, did she feel a transformation. For the first time, she felt what others felt. Instead of being a stand-offish person, patients and even the staff gravitated to her to tell her their innermost thoughts. Her husband was astounded. She was a changed person. Her original prayer was truly answered. She became content with her life. She didn’t miss the old job and the bountiful salary, she dedicated herself to helping others. But to come to this point, involved pain and anguish. It wasn’t an easy road for her.
How Does the Spirit World Analyze Our Prayers
In the communication from the spirit Astriel to the Rev. G. Vale Owen, we are allowed to peek behind the curtains to discern the process by which are prayers are analyzed.
“For you must know that there are appointed guardians of prayer here whose duty it is to analyze and sift prayers offered by those on earth, and separate them into divisions and departments, and pass them on to be examined by others, and dealt with according to their merit and power.”[iii]
The process seems too earth-like, too much like how it would be done in a large corporation. This is because, as much as we would wish it to be otherwise, earth is a poor reflection of heaven. How people organize themselves, how work is done and other mundane tasks we bring our inclinations from our sojourn during our spirit life to our incarnated lifespan. Hence, in heaven, as on earth, there are vast organizations and levels of management and separation of duties. Fear not, spirit bureaucracy is not like ours; uncaring, stiff, arrogant, and full of pompous managers.
The vital point to be taken is the amount of care parceled out to every one of us. The Spirituality is listening and responding. We just lack the sensitivity to recognize the effect it has on our life. It can be done, by evaluating your life, the signals and synchronicities that have shaped your present, you can begin to reveal the marvelous ways in which you have been guided. I talk about how my life has been prepared in my book, 7 Tenets of Spiritism – How They Impact Your Daily Life.
There are some prayers which must be referred to even higher authorities. Prayers which are beyond the capability of certain levels of heaven to determine the best course of action. Astriel tells us what is done with desires which are undecipherable.
“These we pass on to those of higher grade, to be dealt with in their greater wisdom. And do not think that these latter are always found among the prayers of the wise. They are frequently found in the prayers of children, whose petitions and sighs are as carefully considered here as those of nations.”[iv]
Hence, the requests of children struggling in dysfunctional families or other dire circumstances are carefully reviewed. The love of children is equal or even more profound in the spirit realm than it is on earth. In heaven, without deep love, a soul can’t enter, while earth is home to many levels of incarnated spirits, some who have no love for anything or anyone but themselves.
Finally, to dispel any doubt as to how prayers are analyzed and then acted upon, we are given this example:
“’Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.’ You will remember these words spoken by the Angel to Cornelius. They are often passed over without being understood as the literal description of those prayers and alms as they appeared to that Angel, and were passed on, probably by himself and his fellow workers, into the higher realms. It is as if he had said, ‘Your prayers and alms came before my own committee, and were duly considered on their merits. We passed them as worthy, and have received notification from those Officers above us that they are exceptional merit, and require a special treatment. Therefore I have been commissioned to come to you.’ We are trying to put the case as emphatically as we can in your language of official business in order to help you to understand as much as you may be able of the conditions here obtaining.”[v]
How often do we hear that communication from the spirit world is wrapped in a parable, or the meaning is difficult to comprehend? Here is an example of a straightforward message, plain as day, as to how prayers operate.
In essence, when you pray, be worthy of what you ask for. Demonstrate previous spiritual growth or the desire for it. Ask only for what helps you or others to improve while on trial on earth or at least to successfully complete a trial.
Astriel tells us that prayers prove that Angels shed tears. They see and hear what is requested and their hearts cry out in pity and love. He asks us to remember that love and compassion are real objects in the spirit world. Just as is hate and greed. We are told they take on a type of solid form, a recognizable pattern which are physical measurements of our progress and status on earth.
On earth we are guided to learn that what we have lacked, failed, or have to atone for what we have done in the past. Hence, what we perceive as unfair suffering in our life are actually trials assigned to us for our betterment. Discover how to handle and even thrive during the blackest moments of your life; read The Problem is the Solution – 7 Life Complications Sent to Test and Teach You. The ability to emerge from each dark episode in your life a more loving and caring person is the greatest triumph you can imagine for your life on this shiny blue planet.
Owen, R. G. (2012). The Life Beyond the Veil. Pahrump, NV: Square Circles Publishing.
[i] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 118
[ii] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 118
[iii] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 118
[iv] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 119
[v] Owen R. G. Life Beyond the Veil, Squares Circles Publishing, p. 119
Get the family together one night a week, the same night and at the same time, each week. Take The Gospel According to Spiritism, or any of the books on Spiritism and read, taking turns, paragraphs of the section you will study that night. Take at least 30 minutes. Have a family prayer to begin and afterwards. It will serve as an introduction to Spiritism for the children and let them know the importance of God in their lives.
When you select the same time and place, spirits will realize what is occurring and will come to your meetings to assist you. We place water in the middle of the table. The spirits will magnetize it for you and after the meeting we each have a cup.
There is an explanation of this verse in Allan Kardec’s, The Gospel According to Spiritism, starting on page 386, Chapter XXVII, the EDICEI edition of 2008:
“There are persons who contest the effectiveness of prayer, and they base their argument on the principle that if God knows our needs, it is superfluous to share them. They add further that, since everything in the universe is linked together by external laws, our desires cannot change God’s decrees.
Without any doubt there are natural and immutable laws which God cannot derogate according to one’s caprice; there is a great distance, however, from believing this and believing that all life’s circumstances are subject to fatalism. If such were the case, humans would only be a passive instrument with no free will or initiative. Under such a hypothesis, there would be no other recourse than to bend one’s head under the blow of every event, without seeking to avoid it; no effort would be made to try to avert danger.”
Hence, we must use our free-will to shape events in our favor while keeping in mind the Divine Laws, such as the Golden Rule. Staying within a harmony of love for all, we are free to fervently pray for assistance and a correct and good outcome to a situation.
Now, the interesting part is that anything we ask for, we will receive it. One must look at this over the arc of an immortal life. One would not grant a fourteen year old boy his own car to drive. He would have to take classes and past tests. His prayer would be granted, but not for years, which would seem to be an eternity for him.
The same section also tells us:
“What God will grant them, if asked with trust, is courage, patience and resignation. What God will also grant them are the means to extricate themselves from their difficulties with the aid of ideas suggested by good spirits at God’s urging, thus leaving them the merit. God helps those who help themselves.”
Hence, the more we contribute to what we desire, if the goal is worthy, the more help that will be forthcoming. All of this is in harmony with God’s Laws, since using our free-will to successfully complete a trial given to us, by our activity, intelligence, and prayer is encouraged to speed us on our way to ascend spiritually. After all, the goal of every soul is to one day become a pure spirit, and to assist others along the way.
Learn what trials and tribulations we must suffer through, as part of our learning experience and training to erase any faults we have demonstrated in previous lives, by reading the book, The Problem is the Solution – 7 Trials Sent to Test and Teach You. You will discover that the difficulties that stand in front of us are actually what will improve us. Only by living a life that requires our utmost dedication to survive and even thrive, will we climb the mountain of learning to one day become a pure spirit, who never has to reincarnate on the physical plane again.
A good practice, and one that is encouraged by Spiritism, is to get the family together one night a week, the same night and at the same time, each week. We do, we start out with a prayer, then we use any of the books on Spiritism and read, taking turns, paragraphs of the section you will study that night. We particularly like the book, Jesus in the Home. Don’t hesitate to stop after an interesting passage and discuss a subject. Going off in tangents is no harm either. With children, let them free associate and wander where the concepts take them. You never know, we have had some of the best laughs during these sessions.
Take at least 30 minutes. Have a family prayer afterwards. It will serve as an introduction to Spiritism for the children and let them know the importance of God in their lives.