"So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24)
Prayer is the heart of Unity. Unity was founded on the practice of prayer. It is the most important tool in our spiritual toolbox.
Thought is creative. Because thought is creative, we can see how important it is to choose thoughts that reflect the peace and happiness we all desire.
Prayer is a tool we can use to keep our thoughts, and therefore our life experiences, positive, creative, joyful, and peace filled.
What is Affirmative Prayer?
Unity is based in the power of “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). 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 reflects the certainty that we are each being led to our highest good, despite any temporary appearances. Metaphysicians believe that thoughts transmit magnetic energy and this energy attracts other energy of the same frequency. Whether you are conscious of it or not, your thoughts are transmitting energy that is attracting more of the same. When you remain focused on your intentions, you will draw those things into your life. By using an affirmative prayer approach, we can visualize and plan for the future with faith that the power of God is continually blessing our lives with unlimited possibilities. Affirmative prayer leads to an awakening of our spiritual selves. In faith, we pray giving thanks in advance that the Universe is meeting our every need.
Affirmative prayer increases our awareness of God. Scripture says: the kingdom of God is within you; Christ in you is your hope of glory; you are the temple of the living God; God’s spirit dwells in you. Prayer is the way that we connect with that indwelling Spirit on a more conscious level. God is an all-providing, positive, creative energy – or Spirit – of unconditional love and unlimited goodness, and prayer is the way we access and bring it forth. Prayer is the way that we tap into that Christ power and connect with the All-ness and One-ness of God.
What you pray for is not as important as where you pray from. The consciousness, mindset, faith and belief from which you pray are actually more powerful than the words you use.
How Does Unity Support Prayer?
- Written prayer requests can be placed in our prayer box in the lobby, in the prayer box in the prayer room, or collected after the love offering during Sunday service
- Our prayer room is open before and after Sunday service.
- Online prayer requests may be submitted via the web form.
- Prayer Associates from Silent Unity are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for prayer over the phone at 1-800-NOW-PRAY (1-800-669-7729).
- Prayer Chaplains are available for private prayer after service every Sunday.