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

 

 

41 comments on “Affirmation or Prayer?

  1. Lovey post Kelly,

    I love how you’ve referred to not only scriptures but specifically defined the meaning of certain words and phrases. Your ability to break down meaning is phenomenal.

    Have a great night!
    Will

  2. Iosif says:

    The beautiful presentation of boasting and worship !

    “When the comforter comes, the Spirit of Truth shall guide you in all truth, for he will not speak from him, but will speak all that will be heard and discover your future things.”

    Holy Blessings !

  3. kevin cooper says:

    Interesting. Of course, prayer is not necessarily the repetition of statements.

  4. charlypriest says:

    Like button doesn’t work. It was great positive quotes and very interesting the history of prayer you recount. My faith is in God (I’m a Christian) but I also think that people who don’t believe in any God, they also have faith in a different form, and do use as you call it affirmative prayer, who doesn’t need to talk themselves to do better things?

  5. gifted50 says:

    Thank you for always being so uplifting. I appreciate you.

  6. craig lock says:

    Reblogged this on INSPIRE and commented:
    if you believe, you can move that mountain.
    http://www.beliefhope.wordpress.com

  7. WendyMegget says:

    Awesome post, and great blog! I’ve recently started praying due to a massive change in my life circumstances. I’ve found that while it is important to express what we want in life, prayer for me is more about asking for a positive feeling or state of being. It became a very powerful force in my life the minute I let go of control of my life and admitted that the truth was I had absolutely no control over things. This got me “out of the way” and allowed the god force to create the most extraordinary things in my life, with no particular effort on my part. All I had to do was look for clues/signs and go in the directions I was sent. Trust me when I say, God/Universe can create a life beyond anything you can possibly imagine and ask for. So don’t ask for specific things – open you mind and heart to the infinite possibilities of the universe and you will find God there.

  8. Very good. I’ll have to find somewhere to post it in comments on my blog.

    Here: “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.” ” Mark DID put an AND between prayer and affirmation, eh? 😉

    A couple things – you kinda say this too, but I’ll express it also – “ask (the Divine) and ye shall receive”, but what’s kinda key is that you then keep yourself open and receptive to the SUPPORT and GUIDANCE you are requesting and DO NOT have any preconceived notions about the “how” of things. Allow the Divine with its higher perspective provide the “how”. By NOT having preconceived notions about the “how”, you stand a better chance of actually recognizing the answer / guidance / support when you trip over it.

    Also see my post “How to Create” (where I think I’ll put a link to your post here):
    https://gaiaascensionforerunner.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/how-to-create/
    Especially take note of the comment I left there just yesterday, Nov. 22, 2019. “If you need it, it will be there. If it’s not there, you must not need it.” But as I say there, throughout one’s life, the reasons for something to be there or not may change.

    And… I love affirmations and have utilized them a lot. But! It’s also helpful to release the old programming stored in one’s subconscious. Read my “Core… ” post here:
    https://gaiaascensionforerunner.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/core-issues-wounds-programs-fears-beliefs/
    The big reason this is important is that the subconscious is vastly larger and faster than the conscious mind, and, ya know, it’s SUBconscious, as in NOT conscious. So… conscious affirmations can and do work towards reprogramming oneself, but just using conscious affirmations might take a while as the conscious is rather slow compared to the subconscious. But, if you can use such things as EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique to release the firmly entrenched SUBconscious programs IN CONJUNCTION with conscious “positive” affirmations, that makes it vastly easier and quicker to then put a new, more healthy program in.

    Also search on the word “prayer” in my “Yo Lightworkers…” post:
    https://gaiaascensionforerunner.wordpress.com/2015/12/30/yo-light-workers-you-got-next-how-to-be-the-light/

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  10. Michelle Giles says:

    Prayer is very important and loving that God has an open line of communication to him through his son Jesus Christ. I found this article very informative about what the bible teaches us about prayer, https://www.jw.org/en/library/magazines/g201409/how-to-pray/

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