In the previous post, I wrote about praying affirmatively for a friend and a young child who had been in a car accident in Ghana.

I also requested prayer be done at the World Ministry of Prayer (Centers for Spiritual Living) website (formerly “Church of Religious Science”). [1]

In response, I got the following affirmative prayer from Eugene Holden at CSL. My own comments are found below it.

(Eugene’s direction: “This prayer is written in the first person, “I”. Please refer to it often throughout the day, feeling that every word is the truth of your being.”)

I recognize that God is all there is. I know that there is only one life, one power and one presence. Known by many names, I choose to call it God, the Love Intelligence that governs the world. I speak this word knowing that God is everywhere present. For there is no place where God is not.

Knowing that God is everywhere present, I know that right where I am, God is. There is no place where I can go where God is not, because I am created in the spiritual image likeness of God. I am the full expression of God. I am one in God.

It is from this knowing that I speak my word for perfect and divine health, wholeness and well-being for V and A [I’ve kept the names confidential]. I pray, knowing that all is well. For this, I am grateful.

Knowing this to be the truth, I give thanks. I am grateful for my abundant life. I am grateful for all needs being met. I am grateful for my peace of mind.

I release my word into the activity of Love and Law, knowing that as my word is released into Law, this Law lovingly returns my word back to me abundantly fulfilled. I allow it to be fulfilled now and forever more.

Besides actually doing this prayer, there are many things that can be learned (and then applied) from looking at it closely.

“Prayer” in Ernest Holmes’ (founder of “Religious Science”) teaching means to change our thinking. In some ways, it resembles CBT — “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” — in which emotional states are moderated by changing thoughts that lead to them. But Holmes has something far more comprehensive in mind.

Thus, although the prayer is expressed in words, the intention is that we bring our thoughts and beliefs into conformity with it.

Eugene Holden, in keeping with Ernest Holmes, notes that the prayer is written in the grammatical “first person.” Why? The alternative would be to direct a prayer to God, which would require the “second person.” In keeping with much other teaching in the writings of Ernest Holmes  and other “New Thought” writers, “prayer” means coming to see ourselves (“I”) in a distinctly different, “new” way. Thus, we are not praying “to” God, or asking God to change an event in any way. Rather, we are affirming a truth about ourselves (or about those for whom we pray) based on the reality of what God is.

“Refer to it throughout the day…” — In order to change our thinking, we must not only introduce a new thought, but reinforce it consistently. Other “New Thought” writers sometimes suggest prayer be formally done only twice a day for a few minutes, but all agree that ultimately, a change in our own thinking is required.

The first two paragraphs of the prayer are actually a contemplation. In many ways, they resembles the opening verses of the Hebrew hymn “Adon Olam.” They also closely parallel the teachings of Hasidic Judaism, beginning with those of the Besht.

This contemplation can and should be done even when not praying for a specific outcome. The power of Affirmative Prayer is greatly enhanced by the change in perspective that this contemplation brings to us.

But “contemplation” might be too lofty a word, if it implies something mysterious; arcane. Rather, it means here that we must start looking at all of Creation as something that doesn’t emerge out of God but, instead, as something that happens within God and in which God remains forever united and involved. Creation is nothing separate from God. “Alts is Got” — “All is God,” in a Hasidic phrase. [2]

It’s like learning to think of the world as round, even though the eyes tell us that it looks flat. The world might look like something independent of God, but this is a mistake of the senses.

The same “contemplation” can be the beginning of any affirmative prayer, regardless of the presenting issue.

The actual “prayer request” begins with the words “It is from this knowing…”, just as the petitionary section of “Adon Olam” begins with the words “B’yado afkid ruchi.” Here, though, it’s not a request. It is a “knowing” — i.e. an affirmation. It is a positive statement of what already is. “The world is round!” We know it, even if it’s not what we see. We “know” health, even if we “see” illness.

The affirmation concludes with us releasing our “word.” We declare a thing to be, and allow the “Divine Milieu” (as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin called it) to produce — better: present — as we declare. “God said: ‘There is light’ and there was light” shows just how powerful our declaration can be.

That same “letting go” is expressed in “b’yado afkid ruchi” — “Into His hands I commit my soul.” We declare to God what we want and adjust our viewpoint to see it as already fulfilled. There is no need for endless begging.

What is “letting go?” It means that we don’t attribute the positive outcome of our prayer to any effort, any “willpower,” on our own part. It is God Who accomplishes; not us. In Visualization, which uses the same principles but employs mental images rather than words, I mentally see the desired state, but I don’t create it. If anything, I watch God creating it. Many times, I’ve finished a visualized prayer and felt myself surrounded by and immersed in God — even in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in New York City.

If this Affirmation seems “wordy,” I’d say that it takes place mostly in thought. I might not always say the “contemplative” part out loud or in detail, but it almost always precedes in thought any petition I make. Once it becomes a part of our thinking, it can easily be recalled as desired.

Although describing the details might make this type of prayer seem complicated, in actual practice nothing could be simpler.

[P.S. I am happy to announce that this is my 500th post on my WordPress blog!]
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[1] http://worldministryofprayer.org/index.php
(for more information about creating an affirmation, click on the “Build a Prayer” tab at the top of the page)

[2] https://rabbielimallon.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/11-25-11-everything-is-g-d-book-review/
(see footnote # 1)