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Affirmative Prayer

Frank E. Richelieu
"The Art Of Being Yourself" 


The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for August 27, 2017


              We believe in our prayer and the answer to it. ... are the first words of Dr. O. C. Smith's powerful affirmation.  In this conviction of faith, all things are possible for us that we can believe to be true for us.  What good desires give us a sense of being more alive and more enthusiastic about life?  These are ours to experience.  And so the question will follow; then why aren't we experiencing them?  And the answer to this question is different for all of us.  We have been conditioned by "the world" to entertain doubt and fear in our mind.  And most of us experience these to differing degrees.  

            Some people are going through experiences that makes it almost impossible for them to have hope ... to believe in something better.  In the midst of poverty, it may seem impossible to believe in prosperity and financial abundance.  In the midst of a physical illness, it may seem impossible to believe in the restoration of health.  This is true for so many things.  It is this "conditioned" despair and hopelessness that obstructs people from realizing the good health, the greater prosperity, etc.  

             For those who through faith and mental strength can find that few moments in the eye of the storm to gain a sense of the greater good and affirm its presence, though unseen, shall realize a movement in consciousness that will expand into a connection with the power inherent within them.  This inherent power is of the nature of G-d that creates through us in sometimes dynamic or even subtle ways the good that we choose to experience.  It is our imaginary fears and doubts (in our mind) that cause so many of us to lose faith with the power within our mind to heal, to prosper and to bless us,  even when all these overwhelming bad.

            Our mind cannot function when it is tense.  We always attract the results of those things that we mentally dwell on.  This is true whether these things are of a positive or a negative nature.  It is imperative that we take the time to dwell on those things that that are of the good.  We avoid sickness by dwelling a few moments on health each day and gaining a sense of being healthy.  With thoughts of health come thoughts of happiness.  With thoughts of prosperity come thoughts of happiness; etc.  Dwelling on the good even when going through that which "appears" to be anything but good challenges us mentally and for some even spiritually, yet there is no other way in which to move though whatever it is that we desire to move through.

          We are a spiritual being living in a physical universal.  This is the truth.  Our spirit (mind) rules and can overcome anything that we have experienced in the past or are experiencing currently.  Just as there is calm in the eye of a storm or hurricane or typhoon, there is calm in the center of our mind no matter what may be happening around us or what we are going through.  This is why we can say with confidence just as the sage of Old: 
"... I shall come forth as gold."

nd so it is!

Rev. Henry Bates

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