Imagine a World… Where Money is replaced with Prayer

Most people have heard more than once the oft-mentioned saying, “Money is the Root of all Evil”.  Well, I invite you to spend a few moments of your time with me to stretch your imagination to experience a small diversion in thought.  Don’t evaluate or judge my suggestion, but rather, allow yourself and your mind to envision a society, a culture; a world where money as we know it does not exist.

Take a moment, if you will, to imagine a world where you “paid” for things with Prayer.  Yes, you read it correctly, I said Prayer.  Incredulous, Impossible, Impractical, you say?  Perhaps a bit out in left-field, yes, however, could you imagine the sheer volume and context of goodwill that would be generated every second of every hour of every day of the year?

The positive energy resulting from the millions of “transactions” is indeed mind-boggling and staggering to comprehend.  In an attempt to legitimize this pious and hypothetically perfect environment, goods and services would be “paid” by bartering as a result of physically and emotionally helping others in the course of our lives as payment for such.

Additionally and perhaps paramount in concept, from an abstract perspective, you cannot steal prayer, lose it or accumulate it.  The inherent value of prayer is the outcome it produces and the moral capital it exchanges among human beings.  It physically exists only in an intangible dimension, however, the true existence, influence and impact of prayer on people and the world has historically been widely accepted as “reality” by many cultures and societies.  Prayer can be a chain or produce a domino effect similar in concept to the practice of “Pay It Forward”.

The resulting world would be truly amazing; no stock market, no banks, no financial investments, no financial distraught, no related crime.  Rather, you would witness an eternal continuum of billions of people simply helping each other and offering genuine goodwill for everyone.

The world could really use a heavy dose of positive energy and goodwill about now, yes?  When you commit and invest the time for soul-searching, meditation, prayer and well-wishing, amazing things can truly occur, without limit, and not only to others, but within each of us.  There is no downside to this approach and the cost; well, you guessed it, is free.  It is of our own free will and choosing.

We have everything to gain and nothing to lose with this approach.  It is without risk, yet can yield immeasurable rewards. Rewards that enhance the quality of our lives, the relationships of those we love and the outlook for a future world of hope; devoid of hate, violence and despair.

I challenge you to take that next step in your personal lives as I have mine, to examine your soul, your conscience and the depths of your physical existence.  And then, most importantly, to implement the resulting mindset and thoughts, transforming them into visible actions and behaviors while interacting with others in your life.  I will “wager” that you will find new inner peace, confidence, self-respect and a more positive vision of the world that each of us, individually and collectively as a society, nation and species, have the power, the will and the obligation, to create.

Imagine that…

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”   –  John Lennon



About MW Cerkas

Compassion for People, Passion for Writing, Living my Conscience; "Look for the Good, Always" Positive, Creative, Seasoned Writer, Leader, Marketer, Authentic Spirit, Entrepreneur. Continuously seeking the GOOD in others and how to HELP them. Paying it Forward, Preparing for Eternity. Be well!

Posted on October 27, 2012, in Personal Growth, Philosophy, Truths, Videos and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
    “pray without ceasing”
    We all fall short! By the grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven and strive to become the the person He wants us to be!


  2. 1 Timothy 6:10 reads, “For the love of money is the root of all evil.” Money in and of itself is not evil.


  3. You have used one of my favorite songs! I too work and pray for peace.


    • Thank you for your kind words. Collectively, we spend an inordinate amount of time spent reacting to our world and other people, and conversely, precious little time reacting to and nurturing our soul and spirit. God bless you.


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