The Power Of Prayer

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ― Søren Kierkegaard
Spiritual Healing, Prayer, Spirituality

What is prayer you might be asking yourself?  If you are someone who believes in a higher consciousness greater than yourself, the power of prayer will heal you. For me, it is spiritual healing.  In the universe we are experiencing despair everywhere.  The political climate in our country right now is causing stress and fear among the people.  Each and every day you turn on the tv and listen to the news, or read the newspaper, you hear of turmoil everywhere.  If you are experiencing hard times right now, it will cause you to fall down on your knees and call out to God to heal you and the planet.  You have to become a prayer warrior.

By definition, a prayer is an act of communication with God (Allah, Divine Spirit, The Absolute) whatever name you choose to give him.  The spiritual beliefs of the person praying, influence how  God is perceived. God is all powerful (omnipotent), and no prayer is beyond his ability to answer.  He is loving and kind and desires the best for us because we are his children, and he loves us.  He is supremely in charge of everything that happens in his universe.  Even though we may not understand the actions of God, nothing happens without his knowledge. Growing up as a child, this was instilled in my mind and becoming an adult,  I still follow this belief and know that he answers my prayers.

Praying is essential to growing a spiritual life as breathing is to living and staying healthy.  Some recent studies have concluded that prayer is more popular than ever among Americans today. Perhaps the political climate we are experiencing right now might have something to do with that. One poll claimed that 8 out of 10 Americans pray regularly. When you pray, you must have faith because it is impossible to believe in God,  knowing  that he answers our prayers without having faith in him. Praying is a practice that does not require a particular time and place, or a posture in which to pray. People pray standing up, sitting down, lying down or kneeling.  Sometimes you  close your eyes, clasping your hands together and look to the heavens.

As a person who follow the teachings of the founders of Unity, God  is within me so I have no need to look to the heavens. I pray at times lying down in my bed as the dawn of a new day breaks,  with my eyes closed I  have a deeper concentration with God. Sometimes just walking in the park with my dogs, I say a silent prayer of gratitude for the beauty of nature. There is no right or wrong way to pray, and so giving thanks to the start of the day and the end of the day is my mantra.  People also pray for health and wellness for a loved one or for themselves. When one is having a lot of stress and heartache, they call on God for healing.  No matter the circumstances,  prayer is good for the soul.

One of the most profound prayers is “The Lords Prayer.” This prayer covers all that is needed to soothe your soul .  This prayer is a prayer of gratitude and healing, it’s  a way to teach you how to pray. We need prayer to connect with God because he is our creator with a plan for us on earth. Prayer will  transform your daily life, so make it part of your daily ritual in any form you choose.

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Sr. Contributor: Beverly is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition/SUNY Purchase as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Beverly practices a holistic approach to health and wellness... Change your diet Change your life.
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