PRAYER

Choosing Gratitude

“Help me learn how to pray.” It is a statement or question that as a minister, I get often. As I read the Gospels, I notice that Jesus must have also gotten that question quite a bit because so much of his teachings are on how to pray.

One lesson that Jesus gives over and over again is on the power of gratitude as a prayer. So often we think of gratitude as an effect. We say thank you after the fact. But when you read the stories of Jesus, particularly the stories of the miracles, we find him giving thanks to the Father in advance of his request.

A Word Fitly Spoken

We had just placed a “For Sale” sign in our front yard when a friend and neighbor said: “My, but you picked a bad time to put your house up for sale. Right around the block from you there are two houses that have been for sale for months. Houses here do not seem to be moving at all.”

Do remarks like these sound familiar? Do they remind you of things you have heard or said?

For instance, concerning the house—which was sold all in good time and to the satisfaction of everyone concerned—the thought planted by the negative remark did not make us happier or more relaxed about the whole transaction.

The Truth About Direct Knowing

The Truth About Direct Knowing

Everywhere there is a professed need for guidance: for children, for marriages, for business. Yet if someone publicly suggests that he depends on divine guidance, he may be looked upon with distrust. Often it is seen to be mystical or some kind of magic.

There is an almost instinctive feeling in every person that there is something beyond his personal prejudices, something more than his worries, something that can be reached. However, all too often this something has been dealt with on the level of superstition: the flip of a coin, tarot cards, tea leaves, stars or a crystal ball.

You Can Meet Life With Faith

You Can Meet Life With Faith by Martha Smock

Has something happened to cause you grief or unhappiness? Meet it with faith—the faith that God is with you, the faith that God is present in everyone and in every situation. Meet it with the faith that God can be trusted to bless and to make all things right.

Meet it with faith! As you look past what seems to be and hold to the truth that nothing can separate you from God's love, that nothing is greater than God's power in you, your cares slip away and the joy of Spirit rises up in you.

Healing Words of Life

Healing Words of Life: Man Meditating

Life can seemingly have its way with us. It can hypnotize us into believing Spirit could not be in every situation, particularly a healing challenge. But there is only One God, One Spirit. There is nowhere God is not!

That is why speaking words of Truth and love to your mind and body help you to awaken and recognize the voice of God resonating through those reminders. It can be fearful when you or a loved one face challenges of the mind and body. Remember, God’s Spirit within is omnipotent. You have within you the strength to face your fears.

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.

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.

The Power in Forgiveness

I had visualized this happening time after time for years: I was behind the wheel of my car, stopped at an intersection. Then the very person who had ruined my life walked in front of my car. With a terror-stricken face, he turned to look at me, just as I hurled the car forward at full throttle.

Now—right before my eyes—my revenge fantasy was about to come true. Or was it? Something had happened that kept me from wanting revenge: I had forgiven him.

Personal Transformation

Whenever change occurs in your life, whether you initiate the change or it is imposed on you by circumstances, the best place to start is by turning within and opening your heart to God in prayer.

As you center yourself in prayer, you become more receptive to the "still small voice" of God that offers guidance and fills you with the strength, courage, and confidence to meet any challenge. Prayer helps you tap into the wisdom of God, a source of limitless knowledge and insight. Allow your prayer time to offer a fresh perspective on all that is before you.

In Everything, Have Faith in God!

TODAY IS THE DAY to keep on having faith in God. In everything, have faith in God's love and wisdom at work in your life. In everything that has already occurred, choose to have faith and know that God's presence and power were active. In everything happening in this moment, have faith that God is present and in control of all details. In thoughts of the future, again take hold of the idea: In everything, I have faith in God!

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