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Affirmative Prayer

Frank E. Richelieu
"The Art Of Being Yourself" 


The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for September 10, 2017


              “I believe that Love is at the center of everything; therefore, I accept Love as the healing power of life. I permit Love to reach out from me to every person I meet. I believe that Love is returned to me from every person I meet. I trust the guidance of Love because I believe it is the power of Good in the universe. I feel that Love is flowing through me to heal every situation I meet, to help every person I contact. Love opens the way before me and makes it perfect, straight, and glad. Love forgives everything unlike itself; it purifies everything. Love converts everything that seems commonplace into that which is wonderful. Love converts weakness into strength, fear into faith.” Although the preceding words were written by the American Mystic Ernest Holmes, they also represent my thoughts and belief as well.  However, I would like to expand on one statement:  "I permit Love to reach out from me to every person I meet."  I would state this as true for every person I take into my mind; people who have touched me with their presence, that is, all those who are present in my thoughts.  This is why prayer in absentia is so powerful.  It is not the number of prayers that go through our mind that matters.  It is the substance of the prayers that move the Spirit. 

             I remember early in my exposure to metaphysical teachings someone stated, "we don't hope, we know."  Yet, this is all well and good but it is dependent on how we define "hope" in our mind.  To me, to hope, is to expect and to expect we must have faith.  I believe we don't get what we want, we get what we "expect."  And I believe this is what the ancient wisdom is directing us to know.  Faith is the healer of doubt, worry, fear and confusion.  With faith we can expect.  With faith we do have hope.  With faith we are filled with the love that comes to us from the Spirit that is Love personified.  This is why Mary Baker Eddy could tell us with all certainty that
"Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need."  And what are our human needs but our every good desire.  It is our good desire that our prayers for everyone, including ourselves, shall meet with the good result that we desire.

           When we hear the call for prayer for those who are in the path of hurricanes, tornados or the aftermath of an earthquake, do not be intimidated by the power of the situation, but let our faith generate the hopeful expectation that Love will do Its perfect work through our thoughtful prayer.  It may be amazing how things work out in our own life for the good as we take into our mind prayers for others.

            From the masterful Dr. Norman Vincent Peale: 
"The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy (power) you will have."

And so it is!

Rev. Henry Bates

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