Matthew 6:9-13, King James Version (KJV), has a path to proper living:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Mohammed’s Opening prayer has a similar path concept within it:
In the name of Allah, the merciful the compassionate.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all worlds,
The compassionate the merciful,
The master of every judgment.
You alone we seek to please, and
You alone we ask for help,
Direct us along the proper paths,
Along those paths that you do favor,
Away from those that you dislike,
Away from those that will lead us astray.
(Based on My Unbounded Hopes #28) August 11, 2019
My prayer to the Universe
I respect the Universe as the source of everything.
I seek what it will reveal to me of the ways it supports, and
Warn me of the ways that will lead to my failure.
I request that it grant me the freedom to seek and choose the ways that feel best to my wishes.
(Based on Our Unbounded Hopes #27) August 11, 2019
Humanity’s prayer to the Universe
We respect the Universe as the source of everything.
We seek what it will reveal to us of the ways it supports, and
Warn us of the ways that will lead to failure.
We pursue the freedoms needed to seek and choose our ways.
We intend that all beings live along the Universe’s provided paths.
Let us constantly seek the best way to live.
Psalm 23 (KJV) – Rendered by Probaway as
The Universe gives me everything I need!
There are beautiful places for me to find rest;
Where everything is given to restore my strength, and
I am shown the ways of finding the Universe’s beauty.
Even when confronted with oblivion I am comfortable. Yes.
Everything is provided by the Universe and it is given freely.
Surely its goodness shall continue to provide for my fulfillment,
And I will continue to be an integral part of the Universe. Forever.
I have been thinking intermittently about prayers since the 1960s and remember going to the Graduate Theological Seminary Library in Berkeley, California, in search of a Universal prayer. Perhaps my search strategy was flawed but I didn’t find one. What I have written here as “A Universal Prayer” would have served me well for those intervening fifty-five years.