Prayer and the Law of Attraction

By Pete Koerner

How do you get what you want? Do you pray for it, or do you wish for it; or, do you just think about it until you get an inspiration to do something? And, what’s the difference between praying, thinking, wishing, hoping, dreaming, or planning? When we pray for something and get it, how is that different from using the Law of Attraction? And, when we pray for something and don’t get it, what’s going on?

Prayer is simply the act of training and focusing your attention on communicating your desires and emotions to some creative force through the use of your mind, thoughts, and attention. People of all religions pray; and even people with no formal religion pray.

Mentally formatting our desires into what we call, “prayers,” “dreams,” or, “wishes,” is an innate human behavior; everyone does it in their own way. But, no matter what you think is answering your prayers, how you think it “works,” or what “Law” you believe best explains it, we all pray in the same basic way – by thinking about a desired outcome and attempting to feel and express gratitude, love, and joy.

The Law of Attraction is not an alternative to prayer; it is more like an explanation or description of how our thoughts tend to grow and form new realities. The Law of Attraction is an observation of how our thoughts, feelings, and actions – our prayers, for instance – work to bring us together with our desires.

The Law of Attraction offers advice about how thoughts and feelings are used intentionally to create new situations, conditions, and realities – so you can begin paying more attention to your prayer actions, or whatever “thinking process” you use to change your experience. Prayer is a thing, or action; the Law of Attraction is simply a collection of observations. Observations, by the way, that wise men like Jesus and Buddha would say have no exceptions – thus the term, “Law.”

Whether you want something small and know how to get it, or want something big you don’t know how to get, you always start by thinking about what you want. If you want something to eat, for instance, and there’s food in the kitchen, you simply get up and get it; you don’t tell yourself how difficult or impossible it might be, or how you’ll probably fail in your efforts to feed yourself.

If you want something you don’t know how to simply “get for yourself,” you don’t want to focus on the fact you don’t have this thing, and don’t know how to get it; rather, you should think positively about your desired outcome and wonder what the answer might look like when it arrives.

In other words, you ask for what you want – with your thoughts – and wait patiently and faithfully, with a sense of positive expectancy. Do those things you feel inspired and compelled to do, and relax; your thoughts, and actions, will lead you to your answer. Isn’t this how we think prayer works?

We think of what we want and ask, with our thoughts, for what we want – never knowing for sure how things will unfold – and take inspired action as it presents itself to us. The Law of Attraction isn’t a thing that may or may not work; it is simply a way of talking about what might be happening – whether we are praying, wishing, or dreaming – to make our thoughts become things.


Pete Koerner is the author of The Belief Formula: The Secret to Unlocking the Power of Prayer. For more information, go to: *For a Free Report on Making The Belief Formula Work for You, visit: