“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!
“Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27
Affirmative Prayer for Unexpected Blessings by Edwene Gaines
I live in the midst of infinite abundance.
The abundance of Spirit is my infinite source.
The river of Life’s good never stops flowing.
It flows through me into lavish expression.
Good comes to me through unexpected avenues.
Spirit works in a multitude of ways to bless me.
I now open my heart and mind to receive my good.
With Spirit as my source, nothing is too good to be true.
Wonderful things happen to me, in me, and around me.
I give freely and fearlessly into life and life gives back to me with fabulous increase.
Blessings come from every direction in expected and unexpected ways.
Spirit provides for me in a generous and wonderful manner.
I am filled with joy, peace, and gratitude.
Thank you, Loving Spirit!
Above is another uplifting prayer by a Unity Minister, Edwene Gaines. Affirmations raise the vibration of our space and pull us closer to grace and inner wisdom. I feel a great calm after saying one of my prayers, and I do hope you find some calm and comfort in them. Have a spectacular day! You are already a blessing to others. 🙂 What are your thoughts? Do you believe in the power of prayer? Do you have a favorite prayer that grounds you? What impact has it had on your life? What insights could you offer others? Do share! Thank you. 😉
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Positive Motivation Tip:Words have power and prayers are made up of words infused with affirmative energy. We are lifted and encouraged by prayer. Embrace it!
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