Moreover, prayer is the great conveyor belt for spiritual development, a ladder that anyone can climb to create a closer relationship with the power of divine nourishment, revelation, and inspiration. That's why the teachings of the great prayer practitioners, like the Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi or the Catholic mystic Teresa of Avila, say that it doesn't matter what state you're in, or even what your motive is, when you begin prayer-as long as you're willing to give it a go. "If you can't pray sincerely, offer your dry, hypocritical prayer," Rumi writes, "for God in his mercy accepts bad coin."
Answer to Your Prayers Sally Kempton Yoga Journal; Nov 2008; 215; Docstoc pg. 47 Reproduced with permissi
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