Own power and other power
When I was young one of my classmates had often visited the shine to pray for passing his entering examination of high school while we were studying so hard. I was wondering why he goes to there so often, instead why don’t you study.
Buddhism always emphasises on existence of a buddha nature that is dwelling within us as an essential element of human beings. Since it is a very precious as a core of the nature originated from Buddha or God, we see a human has the potential to become a great person, great beings as children of Him by disciplines. So more like we place an importance on own power comes from our inside instead of other power that we expect God’s love to be saved. Although there is a prayer in Buddhism, it is more like a pledge to Buddha or God to do something for Him or to elevate yourself. Contrary, Christianity often pray for asking support or help from God because God is the existence so far from us.
Comparing to Buddhism, it is said that Christianity is a “cat type religion” instead Buddhism is a “monkey type religion” A monkey type religion is a religion that when some crisis occurred to them, mother cats carry away kitten and run away. A monkey type, baby monkeys hold mother monkeys running away. That means a baby monkey has to use his power to grab his mother instead a kitten just ask her mother cat to help to escape.
Of course if we insist on only an own power, it is not a religion. We worship the great existence with fear and beg his great power. Buddhism is more like leaning to use own power for his happiness.
When we have a strong faith a different dimension power will assist you. It is a heavenly power coming down to you in corresponding your strength of faith. The stronger faith you have, the more power will come into you. Oneness with God, that is a full power you will get through pure faith.
But not only 100 percent other power, but also you need own power to make success, as the following proverb shows “Heaven helps those who help themself”.
Miracle is the thing that is beyond this worldly rules. That needs a different dimension power. In order to exert its power we need both own efforts and asking the power to God. If you are so indulging your hobby or playing without effort God never gives you a hand. Although a miracle needs a different power but also our powers too. That breaks this worldly rules then a miracle will kneel in front of you.