The Secret to The Secret: Does praying help?
I want to talk to you all about FAITH. Let me be perfectly clear though that I am a Christian but I accept all people and tolerate all religious beliefs and spiritual points of view even if I don't agree with them, as long as they do no harm to the practitioner nor to anyone else. No matter what faith you subscribe to, whether you're a member of a traditional or non traditional religion, such as Wicca, or whether you just consider yourself to be a spiritual person or even if you subscribe to one of the newest popular beliefs like, The Secret or The Law of Attraction, I want you to really think about what I'm going to say. By the way..The Secret and The Law of Attraction are NOT new at all..they've just been getting a lot of press lately but these beliefs have been written in the bible and practiced in almost every traditional religion for thousands of years. What all these religions and spiritual truths have in common is the belief in and the need for, FAITH. I know we all know this. If we want something or need a miracle we all know that we need to ask or pray for it and we need to have faith, right? Let's just think about this for a minute because a lot of people have trouble with this. They have no problem believing other people can get what they want that way but when it comes to themselves..for some reason they just don't think they have what it takes. And before we go any further let's just make it clear that when we say Faith, we are really talking about the ability to believe without question.
What I'm most worried about is what people do when they start to become desperate. Whether you've just broken up with a loved one and want them back, have financial problems or are dealing with problems of any kind, when you start to become desperate enough you begin to do things you never imagined yourself doing before. You will spend money on anyone who says they can solve your problem..restore your finances..bring your lover back, etc. You'll buy tapes and books on The Law of Attraction, spend money on any New Age Guru who promises he can heal you and perhaps what bothers me the most, spend hundreds of dollars on Spells of any kind. Now don't get me wrong. I have no problem with the Wiccan religion or in any religion or spiritual belief you may hold. In fact, I incorporate many tenets from various spiritual beliefs and religions into my own belief system. What I do have a problem with is people taking advantage of people who are going through a hard time by milking them out of their hard earned money when there is absolutely NO NEED for it! Now I might anger a few people who earn their living this way but I really don't care.
Let's face it.. everyone has problems and considering that the Self-Help industry is a billion dollar a year industry, I think it's safe to say that a lot of people are turning to anyone who claims they know how to change your life. Just look at all the books and videos and movies on The Secret and The Law of Attraction. The Internet is inundated with them. Everyone has the answer, the secret to The Secret, and it is everyday people who are getting hurt in the process. I want to help you help yourselves and in turn save yourselves some money because honestly, in this economy we could all use the extra money. Unfortunately, it's the people with the least amount of money and the most problems who are targeted most by these so called "gurus, psychics and spell casters," etc., who are promising they can make all your problems go away, bring you all the money you need by making you win the lottery or by getting rid of negative energy or whatever it is they are promising you, once you pay them of course. Once again, I'm not saying they are all frauds..just 99% of them.
What all these belief systems have in common is FAITH. It is that simple. That is the one necessary thing you must have to change your life, to cause miracles, to create what you want in your life and that my friends, is FREE. As we already said, simply put, faith is BELIEF. All you need to do is BELIEVE. That's it. That is what every so called new age, spiritual belief comes down to and It is the cornerstone of all major religions including Christianity. The Law of Attraction is all about the power of faith and belief, even Wiccans when casting spells, use the power of belief and that is why it irks me to no end that people who are desperate will pay someone hundreds of dollars to cast a spell for them when all you are paying for is for them to give you faith when you have it all along.
Let me just give you an example and I'm using spells because they are all over the Internet and people are being charged hundreds of dollars to have a spell cast for them or to be told how you can cast your own spell. If you are told to spill salt in the north corner of your room, light a red candle with your lovers name on it and burn a picture of the two of you and you will get your lover back, what is really happening here? Do you really think that those actions are what will bring your lover back? NO. It is the belief, it is the faith that you are putting into those actions that will bring your lover back. The actions are just something tangible, something you can see and feel that helps people to have a stronger sense of faith. It is not the actions themselves. Now if doing these things helps you to believe then go ahead and do them but DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT pay someone hundreds of dollars to perform these spells for you. ALL YOU NEED IS ALREADY INSIDE YOU! It's FAITH..it's BELIEF WITHOUT DOUBTING. When you pray, if you don't believe your prayers are being heard..if you don't have faith they are being answered, they won't be..then you are just talking to yourself. If burning a candle when you pray helps you to have faith, then burn a candle. Whatever you need to do to raise your level of faith, by all means do it but know that what causes miracles, what moves mountains is not anything in that candle..it's the power of faith and that my friends, is inside you. You can pay someone $1000.00 to perform a spell for you but if you don't really believe it will work..it won't. The only thing you need is FAITH.
Here are some quotes from various religions and spiritual beliefs all saying the same thing..from the Bible to The Law of Attraction..you need Faith and with Faith all things are possible, all prayers are answered, all miracles occur, you can create whatever you want for your life and only you can do it for you and it's absolutely free, it's God's gift to you, it's already there inside you. You can have whatever you want! All you have to do is ask and believe. That's it. There are so many ways you can do this and I'll give you a few simple ways but here are some quotes to use when you are "asking" or praying.
1.There I say to you, whatever things you ask, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (Mark 11:24 NKJV)
2.If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to your
mountain, "MOVE!" and it WILL move... and NOTHING will be
impossible for YOU!
- Matthew 17:20
3.And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive
(There are so many many more..you can look them up for yourselves if you want)
QUOTES FROM THE SECRET:
*just remember here that when they speak of your thoughts or what's in your mind, they are talking about your BELIEFS which is what FAITH is.
1. Whatever is going on in your mind is what you are attracting
2. What you think and what you feel and what actually manifests is ALWAYS a match - no exception
3.What you focus on with your thought and feeling is what you attract into your experience
(To read all 100 quotes from The Secret visit http://www.universallawstoday.com/100%20Quotes.html)
VARIOUS RANDOM QUOTES:
1.The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.
2.Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation
3.Faith makes all things possible.... love makes all things easy
Again, you can spend months looking up all the quotes on faith online and that's because they have been around forever and simply put, it is a truth. We all know this but for some reason, it seems too simple to work or we feel like everyone else can do it but we can't. Not true. The hardest part about believing is not doubting while you wait for what you want to happen. You may get what you pray for instantly or it may take weeks or months. Understand this is not a reflection on you or how much faith you have. The timing is totally dependant on God or the "universe" and how long it takes to prepare for what you asked for to take place. That's it. It will happen so don't get all caught up on the timing. It will happen in the best time possible. If God said to you, "OK, I can give you $1000.00 right now or $1,000,000.00 in 8 months." Which would you take? Of course you would wait the 8 months. So just because it's taking a little longer for your miracle to get here, it just means that God is working out all the perfect little details and believe me..it will be so worth the wait.
Now most all of us know how to pray. Prayer is simply talking to God but there are some things to remember when you are praying for things in particular. First off, if the only time you ever talk to God is when you want something..don't be too surprised that He's not jumping up and rushing to answer your prayer. You can and should talk to God on a regular basis throughout the day. I'm not talking about formal prayer where you get down on your knees, but just as you go along throughout your day, speak to Him as if He were right beside you because He really is. He's always listening and even when you don't realize it, He's answering and helping you in ways that you'll never know. If you don't believe in God and believe in the Universal Law of Attraction, the rest of this will apply to you as well.
Okay, asking for and receiving your miracle. This is where you do whatever you feel most comfortable with that helps to give you the most Faith. Of course, if you are talking to God through out the day then you can ask Him whenever you feel like it or whenever the thought hits you. For others though, they need a little more to bring up their level of faith.
First of all, Quiet Your Mind - Find a peaceful spot inside or outside. You want to find a location where you wont be distracted and can give GOD your full attention.
If lighting a candle helps make you feel closer to God or that your prayer is more likely to be heard then go ahead. At this point, do whatever it takes to raise your level of Faith. If that involves creating a ritual of some kind...then do it. For ex. if you are praying for a love to be restored and it helps you to have a picture of the two of you and light a red candle before you pray, then do that. Most importantly, clear your mind and speak directly from your heart knowing that at that moment, your prayer is being heard and granted so make sure you pray for exactly what you desire and be specific.
Some people find it helpful, and I agree, to write down your prayer to whomever you are praying to whether it be God, a saint or just a prayer to the universe in general.
For those praying to God:
1.Before you pray for yourself, it always a good idea to first acknowledge and ask forgiveness for any wrong you have done in the past - be sincere.
2. Praise God..this is where we tell God how much we love Him and thank Him for all the blessings He's already given us. You may even want to write these down because as we list them, we are really reminded of just how many miracles we have experienced in our lives and all the good things God has already given us that we never think about or give thanks for. When you express your gratitude for all the good things in your life and see all the miracles you have already received, your faith will increase dramatically.
3. Tell God you know He is within You. This helps you to remember and realize that God isn't out there somewhere far away..he's right here with You, inside You, closer then He could ever possibly be and therefore is intently listening and cares deeply for your concerns and needs.
4.Ask God to bless you. Ask him for your miracle! Be specific about what you want but DO NOT put any restrictions on how your prayer is answered. Leave that part up to God.
5.Here it is a good idea to ask God to help you, help Him to help others in their needs. Ask Him to show you how you can help bring someone else the miracle they've been waiting for.This is by no means necessary but it will help you take your mind of your problems while waiting for your miracle and to realize how blessed you already are. Be the answer to someone elses prayer..."as you give, so shall you receive".
6. Thank him and praise Him for answering your prayer as if it was already answered because it really is. Thank Him with all the joy and happiness you would thank Him with if that thing you prayed for were right in front of your eyes! Feel the feeling, the emotion..this is really important. The emotion sent out is really what you'll get back.
7.Listen - Listen to his answer. Every Prayer is answered - sometimes just not in the way you expect but it is always answered!
8. Once you are confident that you sent out your request with faith and the right emotions, LET IT GO. Trust God to take care of it. If you truly believe that God has answered your prayer there is no need to keep asking him over and over again. That's what faith is. If you find yourself repeatedly asking, try saying something like, Thank you God for blessing me with.. ( whatever your request was) instead. Do not sabotage yourself by giving into doubt.
If you prefer, you don't even have to use words. Sometimes it's hard to find the right words to describe what's in your heart. So instead of struggling and concentrating on what to say and how to say it, realize that God already knows what's in your heart, He knows your deepest thoughts and desires and what it is you want to say to Him even before you do. Just take that time to concentrate on God and how much you love Him till you feel Him drawing closer to you. Once you feel that He is near and you are communing with Him, think about what it is you want God to do for you, feel what it would feel like once that prayer is answered. Once you feel as though you have been heard, just sit quietly and give God a chance to speak to you. It could be a feeling you get or an idea about what to do next, etc.Just listen with an open mind and heart and give God a chance to speak to you, to guide you, to love you. Then thank Him for answering your prayers and worship Him, love Him, let Him know how grateful you are and most importantly believe! Know it in your heart, see your desire manifest right in front of you and do not give in to doubt no matter how long it takes.
And that is the key.The most important part about all this is that when you are done, you cannot doubt. You must know in your heart and mind that your desire was heard and answered or in other words, your desire was spoken and sent out into the universe, that thought was created by your words and your intentions and at that moment, it was already done, heard, created, answered. You must believe and know that it is already done. If you find formal prayers give you more faith, then use a formal prayer. If you want to pray using a saint as an intercessor, then do that. There are saints for everything. There is something about knowing that thousands have prayed the same words before you and thousands of miracles have occurred because of it that helps many people increase their faith. Here are a few examples.
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil
Hail Mary, full of grace
the Lord is with You
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus
Holy Mary, Mother of God
pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death
PRAYER TO ST. JUDE
O' Holy St.Jude, Apostle and
Martyr, great in virtue and rich
in miracles, near kinsman of
Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor
of all who invoke your special
patronage in time of need, to
you I have recourse from the
depth of my heart and humbly
beg to whom God has given
such great power to come to
my assistance. Help me in my
present urgent petition (Here
make your request), in return
I promise to make your name
known and cause you to be
Then say 3 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary,
and 3 Glory be.
St.Jude, pray for us !!
Miraculous Invocation To St. Therese
O glorious Saint Therese, whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and counsel mankind, I implore your Miraculous Intercession. So powerful are you in obtaining every need of body and soul our Holy Mother Church proclaims you a "Prodigy of Miracles . . . the Greatest Saint of Modern Times." Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petition [describe your petition here] and to carry out your promises of spending Heaven doing good on earth . . . of letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses. Henceforth, dear Little Flower, I will fulfill your plea "to be made known everywhere" and I will never cease to lead others to Jesus through you.
Prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help
O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke your most powerful name, which is the safeguard of the living and the salvation of the dying.
O Purest Mary, O Sweetest Mary, let your name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, O Blessed Lady, to help me whenever I call on you, for, in all my needs, in all my temptations I shall never cease to call on you, ever repeating your sacred name, Mary, Mary.
O what consolation, what sweetness, what confidence, what emotion fill my soul when I pronounce your sacred name, or even only think of you.
I thank God for having given you, for my good, so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name.
But I will not be content with merely pronouncing your name: let my love for you prompt me ever to hail you, Mother of Perpetual Help
Again, there are literally thousands of saints for almost any need you may have so feel free to ask the saints to intercede on your behalf.
* REMEMBER THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO ASK WITH FAITH AND DO NOT DOUBT THAT YOUR PRAYER HAS BEEN ANSWERED
Now, I know I haven't said anything new here, I just really want you to get that whatever your heart desires, you have the power inside you to achieve it. It is a free gift from God. Don't waste your hard earned money on spell casters and new age guru's and video's promising 'miracles' if you send them so much money, etc. I know what it can feel like to be that desperate but you have everything you need inside you and if you want to get together and pray with your friends, even better. Mathew 18:19 says,"Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven." So the more people praying together, the better. The point is, God wants you to have your hearts desire and is waiting to give it to you. Just ask in faith and believe that it is already done for you!
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