Step 7: Why Do You Need To Ask?

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Step 7: Humbly asked a [God] to remove our shortcomings.

If God knows us better than we can know ourselves, which I believe is true, why is it necessary to confirm our wrongdoings and ask for healing?

Because it changes YOU, not God.

The purpose of examining our darkness, for prayer, for any spiritual exercise that is done humbly is not to change God’s opinion of you, but rather to have your opinion of God, therefore the world, changed completely.

You have always been completely and fully loved by a Divine Source that is in all things and is moving you towards a life-based in goodness.

The purpose of asking and praying is not to “do it right” or to “change God’s mind,” but rather to make conscious our own subconscious desires in order to see what come out. A

As Jesus says in the story of Matthew, “ask, and you will receive. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you.”

Or in the words of the Buddha,”everything you are seeking is seeking you. Therefore, everything you want is already yours. It is simply being more aware of what you already possess.”

The only way to become aware of what we are seeking is to notice what we are thinking about and that is the power of prayer, meditation, and humble truth-speaking.

“We ask not to change God but to change ourselves. We pray to form a living relationship, not to get things done. Prayer is a symbiotic relationship with life and with God, a synergy which creates a result larger than the exchange itself.” — Richard Rohr

However, the important aspect of step five is the first word, humility. It is important to not try to take a high ground or to expect something from this process. It is easy for an addict to feel humbled when everything they ever loved has been taken from them, but an ordinary person, not so much.

Accepting your limitedness before a limitless God is crucial to transformation.

“How you do life is your real and final truth, not what ideas you believe. We are all and forever beggars before God and the Universe.” — Richard Rohr

You can’t control your transformation, just as you can’t control the sun coming up in the morning. But what you can do is grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and be humbled by the spectacular nature of the Divine.

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