Prayer isn’t about changing God’s mind, it’s about changing our mind. The Universe only says, “Yes!”
Affirmative prayer has six steps. The difference between affirmative prayer and traditional prayer is that affirmative prayer states things in the positive, present tense. Basically, we’re reminding ourself we’ve already received our good. It’s reminding us to open more, and more will be given.
Before you take in your next breath, you must breathe out. You fully trust you’ll breathe in again. If you don’t release your old breath, you’ll die holding on to the breath you thought would save you. We go into fear of letting go; going into that space of the “unknown.” That’s where the magic is! We can’t receive more when our hands and minds are clutched to ideas, habits, beliefs and things that hold us back. With affirmative prayer, there’s no begging or bargaining with God. There’s no need to so. God doesn’t say, “You get, you don’t.” God is an energy, responding to us. By letting go in trust, and expecting our good, we receive to the measure we expect.
The first step in affirmative prayer is recognition. How many ways can you recognize God? Pearl Bailey said, “People see God everyday; they just don’t recognize him.” Think of nature. In what ways do you see the power, beauty, and life all around you? For starters, not one person has ever fallen off the Southern Hemisphere—Ever! The sun rises and sets every single day. (Even when it’s raining and we don’t see it because it’s covered with clouds, it’s doing it part in this perfect universe.) The ocean’s tide effortlessly ebbs and flows. Grass grows in sidewalk cracks, and flowers pop- up out of cracked desert rocks. The Divine Intelligence in skunks finds the house with the recently watered lawn to prosper their search for grubs. The list of ways to recognize God is infinite.
How can you be joyful if you can’t recognize God expressing that attribute? Think of an attribute you’d like to enhance (love, health, grace, abundance, joy, success, humor. . .). Relate that attribute to how you can recognize God expressing it. You must first recognize it, then you can experience it. Want abundance? Look for it. If you’ve ever had a pine tree or cat, you know God supplies an abundance of pine needles and cat hair! God is abundance expressing in all areas of life. Look for it. Acknowledge it. Praise it.
This is the first post of five on affirmative prayer.