affirmative prayer

With a Hammer and a Hoe

The following article is adapted from the 1988 edition of Prayer: The Master Key by James Dillet Freeman.

Three men were fishing in a small boat on a lake when a storm arose. The winds rocked the boat, the waves washed over the sides, and the boat began to take on water.

“We had better pray,” cried the first man.

“We had better bail,” cried the second man.

“Let us pray,” said the third man, “but let us bail while we pray.”

There is a prayer that is action.

Too often we think we cannot pray unless we are sitting still, eyes closed, body relaxed, thought suspended.

The Light Will Dawn

Do you feel today that your faith is rock-bottom low? Do you feel that you cannot hold out another minute in steadily believing that good will come through the experience facing you or someone you love? Does it seem that every door is closed, that your path is increasingly difficult? Take heart, dear friend, and know that almost every one of us feels this way at times in our search for guidance, healing, encouragement, new understanding of ourself, our life, and ways to meet each challenge as it arises.

The strength you need will come through. The release you seek at this very moment will break through and flood your being. The answers will become clear. The doors will open. The light will dawn!

We Must Learn to Ask

We Must Learn to Ask

There is a scriptural quote that I love so much, I sometimes have it printed on my stationery: "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)

Isn’t that wonderful? It says, in essence, “Whatever it is that you want, if you ask for it in my name, you’ll get it.” The promise is so straightforward, and there are no qualifiers. No if’s, and’s or but’s. There’s no, “As long as it’s a good idea…or “Just so long as it doesn’t seem greedy…” It doesn’t say any of that. It says, "Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that I will do..." In the name of this indwelling Christ, this indwelling Christ will do for you so that you can glorify God.

Pray Without Ceasing

Pray Without Ceasing

We search for God with all our heart when we pray without ceasing. We pray without ceasing when we look for the good in all we encounter and try to draw it forth.

To pray without ceasing does not mean that we constantly think about God or that we keep the word, "God! God!" on our lips.

We pray without ceasing when we habitually meet whatever comes to us with faith and with love, with a mind to draw from the event all that it has to give, with a willingness to do whatever has to be done to make the most and the best of it.

We pray without ceasing when we refer the events of life to God.

Open Up to God!

Health, strength, peace, well-being in your mind, body and emotions, better conditions in your home, success in your personal life and affairs, awareness and expression of your potential and abilities, better relationships with others—all this and infinitely more is yours when you open up to God.

Wonderful and even miraculous things begin happening to you as you open up to God, as you accept the Truth that God's power is present, available and real. God is ready to refresh, revitalize and revive you in every phase of being. God is saying to you: I have chosen thee … Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; I will help thee (Isa. 41:9, 10 A.V.).

The Fifteen-Minute Forgiveness Treatment

The negative thoughts and feelings associated with the mental state of unforgiveness have deleterious effects upon our physical bodies. But we are not always aware that we are harboring unforgiving thoughts and feelings because many of them may be buried in the subconscious memory bank. … We can use a positive prayer technique that combines visualization of light in an affected body area with release of unforgiving thoughts and feelings.

Prayer Changes Me

I know not how prayer changes things
That miracles may come to be.
But this I know: Prayer lends me wings,
And by God's grace, prayer changes me!

I know not how a simple task,
Prayer-blessed, shines with divinity,
When in good faith God's help I ask,
But this I know: Prayer changes me.

I am a knocker at the door;
I am a seeker at the gate;
I am an asker, who before
My own dear God has learned to wait.

I know not how prayer changes things;
It is a lovely mystery.
But this I know: Prayer lends me wings,
And day by day, prayer changes me!

Affirm Life!

When he was 94 years old, Charles Fillmore wrote the following affirmation: “I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me.” How wonderful to affirm such energy and vibrancy!

Affirmative prayer is a useful tool for focusing our thoughts on the truth that we are spiritual beings, filled with vibrant energy and renewing life. We, too, can use this tool in our daily lives. When we pray affirmatively about a health challenge, we are recognizing the life of God within.