Affirmative Prayer - A Better Way

“Silent Unity. How may we pray with you?”

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When you call Silent Unity, anytime night or day, these are the first words you will hear. The phone will be answered by a trained prayer ministry associate who will ask for your first name and the name(s) of anyone for whom you are requesting prayer. The choice is yours whether you share these names. Rest assured, the information you provide is kept strictly confidential. You can then describe your situation and what kind of prayer you would like. You might want to ask for a prayer for healing … or prosperity … or a new job … or inner peace … or guidance … or a harmonious relationship … or to express joy and gratitude.

Unity Vancouver Island uses “affirmative prayer.” Rather than begging or beseeching God, this method involves connecting with the spirit of God within and asserting positive beliefs about the desired outcome. Affirmative prayer is the same method of prayer Jesus taught when he said, “So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24).

When most people think of prayer, they think of asking God for something.

Not so in Unity Vancouver Island.

If, for example, one were to pray traditionally, one might say: “Please God, help me find a job.” By contrast, an affirmative prayer might be: “I am now guided to my right and perfect employment.”

Affirmative prayer is an acceptance of what is already given and available.  It is seeing beyond circumstances and appearances to the Truth of our being - wholeness.  It is focusing on what is desired, not on what is perceived as lacking.

Both Unity and Centers for Spiritual Living (Science of Mind) teach a 5 step method of Affirmative Prayer

              UNITY 
Relaxation                   Consciously relax the physical Body
Concentration             Entertain a positive thought or an                                                  affirmation about the  desired outcome
Meditation                   Sit with this thought, allowing the mind                                          to quiet, slipping  gently into the silence
Silence                         The state where thought and care have                                        been released, allowing the inflow of                                             wisdom and inspiration
Thanksgiving               Reinforce the knowledge that, in the                                               Infinite Mind that is God,  it is already                                             done

            SCIENCE OF MIND
Recognition             Recognize (know again) that there is one                                      Creative Power all-knowing, all-powerful                                      and present everywhere
Unification                Therefore, that power is present within                                           and around  you     
Declaration               Declare the desired outcome as already                                        true and on  its way to manifestation
Gratitude                   Reinforce the knowledge that in the                                                Infinite mind that is God, it is already done
Release                      Let go of concern and attachment,                                                knowing that Universe is  responding                                            according to your belief

WHAT AFFIRMATIVE PRAYER IS NOT

Affirmative prayer is not:

  • begging a judgmental God to change his mind
  • asking God to favour you or your people over others
  • bargaining with God - pledging to be good in exchange for an answered prayer
  • A recitation of memorized words

OUR UNITY VANCOUVER ISLAND PRAYER GUIDES ARE HERE TO HELP

When we are able to gather in person at Unity one of our Prayer Guides is always available after service for one-on-one prayer.  You can request prayer by contacting our prayer team leader Glenys Wood  gjw03@shaw.ca.  Or if you would like to talk with a prayer guide, email prayers@unitynanaimo.org with your telephone number and a convenient time to call; one of our trained prayer guides will contact you.