It’s not necessary to make your prayer “better.” Just say you are hurting when you feel pain. Say you are happy, when you feel happy. That is the best prayer. Real prayer should be direct. Meaning that when you are hurting, express you are hurting and when you are happy, you are happy. That is all you need to do. As you grow, the pain you feel will expand from your personal pain to pain of a family, pain of a nation, and pain of the world. There will be no change in how you express that in your prayer.
Regarding how to pray, when you pray, do not put yourself first. You should not pray from the get go, “Please fulfil my wish!” Ask to save the world first. Pray that God’s desire for the world be fulfilled. You pray, “Please help me to obey any of God’s orders and give me an attitude to fulfil my responsibilities.” Not only in your prayer, but practising it in reality with the same attitude; then, you will stand to become a world leader. Therefore, you don’t need to pray, “I want to be blessed, and make me an important person.”
Prayer is very simple. Your question is how you offer your entire life for the world’s sake. For that purpose, are you going to die in your own home or on the street, or die as an offering? This is a simple matter, once you make up your mind. It is better to die on a street working for God than to die in your home, because of sickness or something. It is even better if you die as an offering than dying on a street. Don’t you agree with me? So, pray with this mind set!
If you pray from your sincere heart, God will anticipate for you to succeed. Then you fulfil your responsibility corresponding to what you prayed; and you will be elevated in a position to tackle a world-level mission. If you fulfil the world-level mission, without knowing yourself, you will be recognized as a world leader. To reach the world, whatever you still have attachment to, or attraction to, in your surroundings will block your way to the world. Even if you give up everything so as to be naked and run as fast as you can, there is not enough time. So, if you are attracted to your surroundings, how can you reach your destination?
“Please teach me about prayer…”
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
June 16, 1967