The Power of Prayer
As we move into the Lenten Season, prayer becomes very important to most of us. Perhaps some of you have read some powerful statistics on the astounding results of focused, collective Prayer. While in Unity we believe that unified, collective prayer always brings astounding results. We also teach that private, personal prayer has the power to bring results that are just as astounding.
In his book, Discover the Power Within you, Eric Butterworth says “The results of prayer may be humanly astounding but they merely demonstrate the art of unifying ourselves with the creative source of all good. Then he goes on to say, “Prayer is not a way to turn on the light in God, but to turn on the light in you…and God is that light.”
Would you like to reap astounding results from your prayers? Here are five steps that will help you do that.
Step 1.Acknowledge the existence of God and your connection and oneness to that Presence and Power. A Course In Miracles says “God is in my mind and I am very holy….And.., there is nothing that my holiness cannot do.” It is your holiness that makes your prayers so effective. Notice that the first three lines in the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy Name
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done. 0n earth as it is in heaven, are all about recognizing God’s love and our oneness to it. When you acknowledge that holy Presence of God in you and your connection to it, you are knowing without a doubt, that God’s presence is not only in you, but is complete as you. That realization will help you to feel at one with your Source and the all-sufficient power of substance in the universe. And once that happens, you are ready for the second step which is the silence.
2.The Silence. is all about feeling your connection to God. Stay in that place of absolute connection for at least ten minutes or as long as possible. You will know when you are ready to begin affirming what you want to see expressed in your life. Step 3. Affirmation. In Unity, Prayer is not about begging, but about affirming your good. For example you if you need physical strength or spiritual courage, you can affirm something like, God is my strength, vision is his gift If you need more abundance, you can affirm: God is my source and All my needs are abundantly supplied, If you need a new perspective, you can affirm: I am determined to see things differently. If you need healing, you can affirm: Mighty currents of God’s healing love are lifting me healing me and making me whole, and so on.
According to Eric Butterworth, In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus was simply giving us a frame of reference. But unfortunately, the translators could not understand this affirmation mood of Jesus and the prayer was made to appear to be a supplication for help. In that frame of reference then, the phrase,
Give us this day our Daily bread, means, I claim my divine inheritance and I manifest abundant supply.
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, then becomes, God is the love in which I forgive and am forgiven.
Leave us not in temptation, in the Frame of reference of affirmation, becomes, God would never lead me into temptation so I release all my limited thoughts about myself and others.
Since Jesus always gave thanks before the fact, the forth step is always to give thanks. Step 4. Give Thanks before the Fact. And finally, the fifth step is the closing of the prayer. Step 5 Closing. Use whatever closing you feel comfortable with. Remember the five steps to prayer. 1. Acknowledge God, 2. Silence, 3. Affirm that what you are seeking is now seeking you. 4. Give Thanks before the fact. 5. Close. Use these five steps on a regular basis, and I promise you that your prayers will seem so much more effective.