Sunday, May 3, 2009

prayer, explained

what follows (below) is Rev. Julie's "thought for the day" for May 3, 2009.

she does a great job (using quotes and insight) describing this thing called "prayer."

Quotes of the day

Common people do not pray; they only beg. ..-George Bernard Shaw

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us. ..-Socrates

Pray that you will never have to bear all that you are able to endure. ..-Jewish proverb

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. ..-Soren Kierkegaard

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. ..-Saint Augustine

Something to think about

You alone have the responsibility to shape your life. Nothing and no one can deny you greatness once you understand this: There is no one to stop you but yourself. No one can cheat you out of ultimate success or happiness but you. The power to succeed or fail is yours alone. More powerful then all the success slogans ever written is the realization that everyone has but one boss. That boss is you.

Inspiration for today


It is a mistake to think that there is only one form of prayer. There are many. As a rule, the best form is the one that happens to appeal most to you at the moment. The essential point in overcoming any difficulty, or solving any problem, is that you should become more conscious of the presence and the goodness of God than you are of the trouble; and as you approach this state of mind, any conscious fear that you have will steadily lessen.

Scientific prayer, or treatment, consists in getting the problem out of your mind by realizing the omnipresence of God, and it is by far the most efficient from of prayer-if you can use it.

Many people, of course, are not yet ready for this approach, and yet will get excellent results with orthodox forms of prayer, provided they dwell as little as possible upon negative things.

In praying for a sick person, for instance, avoid enumerating and dwelling upon the symptoms. Pray for healing and health. In praying for a soldier in battle, one should pray for his safety and welfare. Do not pray for God to protect him from shot and shell or other dangers, as this is dwelling on the negative side. This mistake would not harm the soldier in any way, but it would very much lessen your power to help him. Pray Divine Love to be with him at all times, and have faith that this will be the case.

Truth students, who employ scientific prayer, can use it in different forms. The Golden Key is best when you are confronted with a definite difficulty from which you want to be freed. When, on the other hand, you want to bring some new good into your life, a meditation like The Good Shepherd might be better. Yet people get amazing results with any kind of problem by the use of either of these forms.

Just browsing at random through the Bible until the eye falls on an inspiring text has brought extraordinary results many times.

Pray gently. Don't make your prayers too long. Really expect results.

"I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and I spring forth with a mighty faith
to do the things that need to be done by me."
-Charles Fillmore

Rev. Julie McKay-Wilkinson
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cell- 704-281-8427
Unity Center for Spiritual Living
7300 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC,28262

* graphic (picture) by microsoft clipart. pencil drawing by joal martino.


  1. I'm with Anne Shirley: she thought it best to go out into a field under the moonlight and just feel a prayer. Everything is prayer. Everything we do is a prayer.

  2. Yes!

    Every thought is a prayer, attracting (that which we think about) into our own, personal mellow-drama.

    Sometimes, thoughts manifest in strange ways. Sometimes, our conflicted thoughts negate each other, so it appears as if the Law of Attraction doesn't "work."

    If this Whole "thing" is Love, Love-ing, maybe Praise is the reflection back from the relative to the I'relative (relatively speaking).

    Suzanne! I LOVE it when you visit! Happy Mother's Day, baby!
    :) Lenman