“Set your mind for success, victory and progress. Cast down anything negative, any thought that brings fear, worry, doubt or unbelief. Joel Osteen
I receive Daily Word, a monthly book filled with prayers and uplifting messages for each day, from Unity, and I find the inspiring words and stories help set the tone for my day. It is one of several publications I get that enrich both the spirit and the mind, and I enjoy reading through my copy before giving it away. While reviewing the July/August issue, I read a beautiful story about the power of prayer. A young exchange student had been attacked by her host family’s dog, and as the doctors prepared her for emergency surgery, it was a favorite prayer that calmed her. The prayer was James Dillet Freeman‘s “Prayer for Protection.” James wrote that prayer for soldiers during World War II, and its enduring message continues to uplift and embolden people world wide. Here’s Freeman’s prayer:
Prayer for Protection by James Dillet Freeman
The Light of God surrounds me.
The Love of God enfolds me.
The Power of God protects me.
The Presence of God watches over me.
The Mind of God guides me.
The Life of God flows through me.
The Laws of God direct me.
The Power of God abides within me.
The Joy of God uplifts me.
The Strength of God renews me.
The Beauty of God inspires me.
Wherever I am, God is!
In challenging times, many turn to prayer, and even some who don’t believe in it, appreciate the offer to be prayed for. Given the tragic events that happened at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, there is a great need for prayer. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of all in the Sikh community affected by this tragedy. Prayers and blessings are needed at this time and always. I believe in the power of prayer, not as a panacea for whatever ails me, but as an alive force and intelligence that guides the way. It works in miraculous and mysterious ways and brings us back to a place of calm when we feel flustered. Do you have a favorite prayer? Share one of your favorite spirit boosters below. More below!