Affirmation or Prayer?

 

                           Quaerite Et Invenietis – “Seek and you will find.”

 

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work. Prayer is the greater work.”

-Oswald Chambers

 

“I act as if I already have what I want – It’s an excellent way to attract happiness into my life.”

-Louise Hay

 

I called this post Affirmation or Prayer instead of Affirmation and Prayer because some of us may believe in one or the other depending on our beliefs. But really, no matter our beliefs, we can use them both, after all, they’re very close to the same thing, and both require absolute faith.

To me, using an affirmation is nothing more than me talking myself into believing something, whereas with prayer, I’m talking to God. But for affirmation or prayer to work, you must truly believe. With affirmation you must pay close attention to the words you use and let them truly sink in. With prayer and affirmation imagine your words as coming from your heart, not your brain. Let the words go not out into space somewhere, rather,  let them go straight to the place in you that God resides. And believe!

A lot of us have heard the parable of the mustard seed, where Jesus states: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

All you need is faith as small as a mustard seed. But, that mustard seed of faith has to be pure; it can’t have any impurities such as doubt. That small mustard seed must be pure faith. If faith is the dream builder, then doubt is the dream crusher. Believe, Believe, Believe!

Now, let’s look more closely at prayer and affirmation.

Prayer has been with us a while. It is found in written sources as early as five thousand years ago. The word prayer comes from Medieval Latin – Prearia, to “petition,” According to Wikipedia: “Prayer is an evocation or act that seeks to activate rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication.” Prayer can take a variety of forms such as hymn or incantation, it can be part of a liturgy or a ritual, performed alone or in groups. It can be used to make a humble request, to meditate or to pray for another. Prayer can also be used for purposes of thanksgiving and praise. You can think of prayer as the worlds greatest wireless connection. “Your prayer may be awkward and feeble, but the power of prayer is in the one who hears it.”

Here are three principles to use for more meaningful prayer: Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings. Express more heartfelt gratitude. and finally, Pray for others with real intent.

Remember about faith? Mark 11:24 says: ” Therefor I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Now let’s look at affirmation. Wikipedia has this to say about the subject: “Affirmations in new age terminology refer to the practice of positive thinking and self empowerment – fostering a belief that “A positive mental attitude supported by affirmations will achieve success in anything.”

In a nutshell, affirmations are a statement to be repeated to oneself, or written frequently, most effective if used in present tense. But, they must be positive and specific. So, they are the action of affirming. Affirm to state as a fact. Assert strongly.

To sum up – The point of prayer is not just to say the words, but to feel the meaning underlying the words. The same is true of affirmations. Whether we use affirmation or prayer, or both, just remember if you believe, you can move that mountain.

 

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and VComfortable.

 

Kelly Curtis