|Posted on September 22, 2016 at 7:40 AM|
It is surprising how many people DON'T pray to the deity they worship. I read a study that was done to determine how often Christian clergy pray, and the results were quite low. It should be a given that if a person dedicates their life to serving a god, that they would want to spend part of each day in prayer and meditation.
Now when people do pray, it is often during times of hardship. They want their god to give them money, cure their illness, or fix their relationship. I have known Christians who actually believed their god answered their prayer for expensive furnishings. When one woman was looking for a new home, she prayed that she would come across one that had a particular kind of stove. Well, lo and behold she found one and praised Jesus for it. All the while children are starving to death in third-world countries. Makes sense, right?
I believe that as Satanists it is important for us to pray. It should not be about asking Satan and the Demons for help with mundane issues, although if it is absolutely necessary and done sporadically, it might be acceptable. Instead, prayer should be about establishing and strengthening a connection with Satan and learning from Him. It should be something that we do at least once a day. This is especially important for those who are priests/priestesses of Satan, and those who have devoted their life to serve Him in a greater capacity. It is impossible to share true knowledge if you aren't connected to the source.
If you haven't already committed to praying every day, I hope that these words will encourage you to start. It doesn't have to be elaborate, especially at first, and you don't need special items to do it. It can be done at any time and anywhere. Make your prayers personal, but always be respectful.