If we select a pattern of love through which to pray and relate to another, then the Life Force of Love is drawn to us as a channel of that energy and flows to others. Becoming such a channel is dependent upon the extent of the attunement we make to the pattern of the divine within us, and our living with consistency and persistency up to the ideals and purposes we have set for ourselves. In short, are we physically, mentally, and spiritually in accord with the prayers being prayed? We cannot offer that which we do not have. We cannot give love and forgiveness if we are not manifesting them in our own lives. We cannot awaken in another the spirit of purity if there has not been purity of expression in our own lives. We cannot quicken the spirit of the Christ within another if that pattern is not quickened within us. If we will set the Christ as the ideal, quickening this pattern within ourselves in our meditations and let it be the standard which motivates us and by which we measure our choices and actions, then we may know the true potential of prayer, a potential without limits. It is then that prayer, like a tuning fork sharply struck, may cause responsive reverberations everywhere similar patterns exist.
-The Edgar Cayce Primer: Discovering the Path to Self Transformation