Possibility PrayerPosted: June 26, 2012
My prayer partner and I talk about what is going on in our lives and then we pray. One time I wanted prayer to get my printer to work properly and another time to it was to recover from pneumonia. It occurs to me that no matter how big or small the need is, the underlying issue is one of freedom.
Over the years, my prayer partner and I have had great success with our prayers and it does not matter whether they have been for big or small things. What matters is that we go through a process of believing it is possible and then turn it over to God to free us from the condition or experience.
When I was younger, I was one of those people who believed that prayer was nonsense. When I thought about prayer at all, I might say that it was all right for people to pray if it made them feel better. If someone claimed that prayer changed something, I assumed it was an imaginary change.
I first started studying Science of Mind because I believed that positive thinking was a good idea. It seemed a sensible psychological notion. Positive thinking might lead to more success in life.
I took some classes and used affirmations in the faint hope they would help me with my writing career. My work prospered and I seemed to be beginning to get more lucky breaks. I didn’t think about why – I just followed up on the breaks and I did better selling my work. At the time, I didn’t think the affirmations helped me much but I didn’t take them off the wall.
In retrospect, it is a simple fact that when I started pasting affirmations on my wall my “luck” changed quickly. After many years with no success, I skyrocketed into selling everything I could write.
Affirmations are not exactly prayers but they work the same way as prayers if you are willing to let them open you up to believe and accept the best. Do you use affirmations? What are your favorites?
I was looking at little post-its all day long. They said things like, “I am a famous writer” or “ I have many book deals” or “I make a good living writing”. Those messages were always in my face as I worked on my craft. If you tell yourself something long enough, you will begin to believe it. I think the affirmations worked and that it was more than luck.
The first time I had a really strong experience with the power of prayer was when a friend of mine said she was diagnosed with lung disease and the doctor said it was probably cancer. She was very distraught and claimed not to have slept for two nights. I brought my Science of Mind Textbook by Dr. Ernest Holmes into her bedroom and read aloud to her from the meditation section.
This sounds dramatic but my experience was that the light in the dim room lightened and brightened very fast. I was aware, and a bit excited, by the phenomenon. I felt uplifted. My friend’s experience was that she was finally able to sleep. She dosed off immediately and I kept reading to her for about an hour.
Later, she couldn’t remember any light at all and I decided my impressions were imaginary. Her doctor proclaimed her perfectly well within the week.
I’m still not certain what I believe about that event. I did see the light and I am not given to fancies. On the other hand, she was quite dramatic by nature and her illness may have been imaginary. It is hard for me to believe that if there were light, she’d miss it. And I did believe in prayer enough to read to her. And I did believe something was happening that was unusual, even then.
Over the years, I have come to believe in the power of prayer. I have seen too many examples of increased health, wealth, and happiness not to be a believer. My studies have increased my abilities to pray effectively, of course, but the most important thing I’ve done is lower my resistance to the idea that prayer works.
I believe in unlimited possibility now – at least most of the time. I still don’t have many dramatic experiences with prayer but I have a long list of experiences, events, and conditions that I believe have been modified because of prayer. I have had my own dramatic healings that astounded my attending doctors. I have also had financial snarls unwind in a moment, relationship issues dissolve in a heartbeat and lost rings reappear as if by magic.
What changes do you attribute to prayer? Did your changes come quickly or slowly? Most of my changes have have arrived in ordinary ways. Illnesses have healed quicker than expected. Solutions to financial challenges have arrived after periods of consistent daily prayer.
Some areas of my life are harder to believe in the possibility of prayer healing than others. I think this might be true of all of us although the issues are different for each. One person may believe that financial matters are “real” and God either cannot or will not intervene. Someone else may think that money is easy but health is tricky. She won’t trust anything to heal her when her “number is up.”
A practitioner or prayer partner is very helpful whenever you feel doubt. It is important to expect your prayer to work and it is important to pray until the desired result appears. Sometimes we need to ask for help so that the movement toward our goals can unfold simply. We need to get to the place where we really know, “All things are possible with God.”
In New Thought, we define God as the creative energy of the Universe and we understand that everything is possible with God. It doesn’t matter how big or small the issue is because God is the source of everything. But the person praying must envision, believe and accept what he or she is praying for. Acceptance does matter.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to believe that there is nothing too big or too small for God to heal. It makes no difference whether it is a hangnail or pneumonia.
God is an ever-present reality in your life. All that matters is that you create a clear vision of your desire and mentally accept it. Then give it to God to bring into your life. Spending time daily in prayer can make a big difference in our lives.
What is my highest vision of myself today?
What do I envision as freedom today?