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Affirmative Prayer

Frank E. Richelieu
"The Art Of Being Yourself" 


The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for September 3, 2017


              There are three principal ways to get what we need:  by work, by thought, and by prayer.  Most people work hard, and some utilize the power of thought.  But prayer is greatly neglected.  And this is unfortunate, for the most powerful energy one can generate is prayer energy. ... these words from Dr. Norman Vincent's Peale's book, "Words I Have Lived By" chapter 5 "Prayer" give us a profound truth that works for everyone.  He further writes that to acquire this energy all we must do is "do it ... pray every day."  The best way to learn anything is by doing it.  I remember several years ago reading an interview with Tennessee Williams where he was asked "how does someone become a writer?"   And he responded, "by writing."  This and his wonderful quote, "Lucky is believing you're lucky" have always remained in my thoughts through the years.  This is similar to Dr. O. C. Smith's, "I believe in my prayer and the answer to it."  

            We must pray about everything, every day.  This does not mean we are to follow someone else's idea or practice of prayer but to hold in our mind  that which we desire to be true for us and the conditions and experiences we find ourselves in.  

             A wonderful woman from North Carolina sent me the link to a YouTube video titled:  "The Greatest Proof The Law Of Attraction Works!  (Woman Wins 5000+ Contests!)." Here is the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VnvVHXUe00 
         The video is an interview with Helene Hadsell who began her adventure in the practice of affirmative prayer and visualization after reading Dr. Norman Vincent Peale's book, "The Power of Positive Thinking" although I noted on the Internet that "The Secret" people were trying to take credit for this.  Anyway, this is a wonderful video to watch and even more fascinating are the comments that are associated with the video.  The comments reveal people who believe in what Helene is telling us in the video, those who are skeptical, those who don't believe, and those who do.  But, Helene didn't have any special dispensation of faith or more faith than any one of us.  We all have access to the power of faith and to the degree that our faith can make us whole, as the Master Mind Jesus informed us, is dependent on our "use" of it.  And we make the most powerful "use" of it through prayer.  Sounds a little old fashioned but it is the truth.  

           Our calm, poised thoughts are prayers.  This is why we are told in the ancient wisdom to "pray without ceasing" ... in other words to keep our thoughts on the affirmative good.  We must "tell ourselves" what we believe to be true for us.  We don't have to say it out loud, follow a prayer formula, or stand up in a Mega Church to realize the good results of our prayers.  We just must begin to tell ourselves that we have the Power (energy) within us to direct our life and to produce the good results that we desire.

            Let us think on these words from the great Ralph Waldo Emerson; 
"Great men (and women) are they who see that the spiritual is stronger than any material force; that thoughts rule the world."

nd so it is!

Rev. Henry Bates

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