According to our founder, Dr. Ernest Holmes, “The secret of prayer and its power in the outward life depends upon an unconditioned faith in, and reliance upon this inner Presence.”
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What is Affirmative Prayer? It is a prayer that declares a spiritual Truth. For example, when Jesus the Christ spoke the Word, his healing statement was declared with great power and conviction. He didn’t say, “Oh please, God, let Lazarus be healed.” He said, “Lazarus, come forth!” (John 11:43).
Affirmative Prayer is “a recognition of Spirit’s Omniscience, Omnipotence, and Omnipresence, and a realization of humanity’s unity with Spirit…” (Ernest Holmes, Science of Mind textbook, pg. 149).
Affirmative Prayer is a powerful method for setting the Creative Process into motion. It is a direct, focused, and organized method using five steps to get to your desired outcome.
The five steps are:
1. Recognition (God Is)2. Unification ( I am)3. Realization (Speaking into reality your desired good)4. Thanksgiving (Grateful Acceptance) and5. Release (Letting go, let God)
By writing your own Affirmative Prayer you make it yours. The main thing is to feel into every one of the five steps. It is not the words that you use that make the prayer powerful, it is the feeling tone behind the words.
RecognitionWe begin every Affirmative Prayer with the Recognition that there is One Life, and that Life is God. You may call God by any other name that makes It clear and personal to you, such as: Spirit, Universe, Allah, Buddha, Infinite Mind, the One, the Force, Light, or any other term that feels real to you. Remember, this is your prayer. Begin with a statement recognizing God, such as: “I know there is only one power and one life. That is the life of God.” Or, ”I know there is an Infinite Spirit that I call the Universe.” or ”I recognize the One as the power, the presence, and the love of All That Is.” Use whatever works for you. And feel this truth in your heart.
Create your own Recognition statement here:
UnificationIn the Unification step of Affirmative Prayer, we affirm that the same Spirit that God is, we are. We are of God. We are Divine emanations of the Most High. Since God is all there is, there can be nothing outside of God, and no one is separate from God. And so we realize and declare our Oneness as spiritual beings. After you do the above Recognition step, declare your unity with the Allness of God, such as: “I know that I am one with God”. Or “I know that I am one with that Infinite Mind that has created all there is.” Or “I recognize my unity with All That Is.” Feel this to be the truth of your being.
Create your own Unification statement here:
RealizationIn Step 3 of your Affirmative Prayer, you want to Realize the qualities or attributes of God which you want to embrace within yourself–to call forth in your own awareness. These are the Divine qualities inherent within you which you want to become more conscious of. To realize is to make real. And so you might want to say something like, “I know that the Divine qualities of peace, power, plenty, and wisdom are already within me. I embrace them now.” Or, “All that God is, I AM. I step forth into my true Divinity, saying yes to my prosperity, guidance, order, harmony, health and love.”
Create your own Realization statement here:
ThanksgivingStep 4 of your Affirmative Prayer is Thanksgiving. An attitude of gratitude is essential in establishing a new intention for our lives. In giving thanks, we are declaring that it is already done. We are grateful for knowing that it is already done in the Mind of God. In your Thanksgiving step, you may want to say something like “I am so grateful for the revelation of this spiritual Truth in my life.” Or, “It is with great gratitude that I accept this transformation of consciousness for myself.” Or, “I am grateful for my perfect health, wholeness and well-being.” Remember to feel the gratitude. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in what the appearances are. Know that it is done and give thanks.
Create your own Thanksgiving statement here:
ReleaseIn Step 5, the Release step of your Affirmative Prayer, you let go and let God. You are turning your affirmative declaration of Truth entirely over to Infinite Love, Spirit, the Allness that is God. It is a very important step, because as long as you hold on to it, nothing can take place. Release is also an act of trust. You release your prayer trusting in the all good of God. You release it knowing that truly it is done. You may want to simply say, “I release. I let go. I let the Spirit do Its perfect work.” Or, “I trust the Universe to provide for me. It is done. It is so.” Or, “And so it is! Amen.”
Create your own Release statement here: