(disclaimer - I dont make any opinion on his prayer statements or anything else... just my take on your comment)
When looking at the bible and its instructions - its good to note that it usually has a double and metaphorical meaning.
The point about prayer - in this context is two fold. Both closely related.
With regards to manifesting thought - it is important for your mind to maintain focus. Only thoughts that are produced and envisioned throughout are full and meaningful.
This means that when you pray - "go into your room" (go inside your head- your being your soul) Close the door - (close out the normal senses - eyes hearing, touch...) pray to your Father who is unseen. (to the Principal of manifestation, if you will) what is done in secret (when the focus of the prayer/thought is soley directed towards its manifestation - and the full force of the thought is not compromised by allowing it to be haphazardly spread - you will see results)
This is how things are taught in "secret societies" - and real meditation - with regards to prayer.
Prayer is the focus of thought - and the directing of thought through intelligence that is.
Here is an exercise for you if you are interested in trying it - and seeing sincere results:
If you are a looking for a job - for example. And you want to meditate/pray (whatever you prefer) to help you find a job. The thing that is important is that you have to imagine how it FEELS to HAVE the job that you want. Focus on the things that you want from the position - then figure out how you would feel if you ACTUALLY had the job. imagine yourself actually in that position - doing the job.
I dont mean just sitting there and daydreaming about it - I mean real meditation, mental focus - on how this job would feel. just as if you think currently "I am a system administrator for X company" - that thought is a fact in your head when you are in that position. so here we are focusing to the point that you can feel the position just as if it is a fact in your mind. Once you can feel and project your mind into that frame of experience - it will manifest. You will know when you are truely thinking the thought when you can feel it in every cell of your body... it takes some effort to get to this point.
this is a very strong exercise - personnal excercise. Do it while lying down - before you sleep. (p.s. strong meditation is very difficult if you have someone in your bed with you. its very hard to really hit deep meditation if you have a wife or gf that sleeps next to you - unless you have practiced a lot)
I have used this exercise to get every job I have ever had.
Every thought is a prayer. You just have to redefine what your understanding of prayer actually is.
Master All Your Abilities Now.
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