Quiet time spent requesting heavenly aid is indeed a prayer, whether begun as a written verse or mantra that is repeated with sincerity, a spontaneous monologue, or aligning during meditation time with the Inner Stillness. What comes to mind is the beautiful message from scripture that God knows the longings and requests of our heart even before we make them - therefore, reverently sitting in contemplation or reflection and patiently waiting for insight is prayer.
Prayer is a choice to think and act reverently. One's life can be prayer in action when kindness and caring prevail.
Set prayers can precede a period of meditation, bringing reverent thoughts to mind. Or, the meditation can be wholly prayerful by beginning with reverent thoughts that stream in a supersonic wave ever deeper and deeper into the core of our heart landing in the ocean of bliss.
I've found that contemplative and reflective meditation is the prayer, when from the instant I sit I feel immersed in the rarified state of reverence - no prelude of "written prayers" precedes the meditative prayer state. It is getting directly to the heart's core and asking for help, advice; the voice of wisdom to come forth.
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