UpBeat Spiritual Living: Prayers of Yes
© 2012 Kebba Buckley Button. World Rights Reserved
Many people think prayer is asking God/Heaven/Spirit/Jesus/Buddha/Allah/Krishna for something. Or pleading, if the need is great. But there are a few forms of prayer, and you can choose. It’s your prayer.
Consider a prayer in which you celebrate your Good, celebrate all that is busy manifesting in your life. New Thought churches say, if you don’t like what’s happening in your life, choose a new thought. Many people are affirming their issues, not living in ways such that they are open to their Good. Thought attracts, but not just psychologically. Your Good is coming in all the time. You need to notice and welcome it and say, “Thank God!” or “Thank you, God!”, or “Thank you, Jesus!” Savor the Good.
Recently, this column dealt with the question, “who is smarter, me or God?” I hope you got the answer: The Divine is always smarter, knows more, sees more, knows what has been, and knows what is to come. The Heavenly Host know everything you are going through and how you have been dealing with it. God knows the desires of your heart! How could He not-know?
Years ago, I worked with a Greek engineer, whose faith was that of the Greek Orthodox Church. Speaking about prayer one day, he asked me, “but doesn’t any prayer indicate uncertainty?” I was rocked! He was saying, since there is nothing hidden from God, and since God loves us, how would we not believe that God was/is taking care of things?
In fact, Romans 8:28 (KJV) offers: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” So God is looking out for us. And who, with what smarts, would you rather have looking out for you?
So, what if you do pray, that is, ask God to direct His particular attention to your finances, or your cancer, or your brother’s marriage-on-the-rocks, or your Mom’s malfunctioning knee? He already knows about it. So go ahead, pray, and KNOW that God knows, God loves you, and God is taking care of it, usually in ways beyond our imagining. Print this scripture for your bathroom mirror and ponder it often. Mark 11 (NIV), offers this blockbuster direction from Jesus himself. First, he says (v. 22), “Have faith in God!” Then (v. 22),
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
So if you want to have faith in your faith, ponder this astonishing thunderclap advice. God is for you and is taking care of things. Believe it to be true. The answers to your prayers are busy manifesting. Believe that to be true. Repeat. Amen.
● Rev. Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2012 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core.
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