Are you feeling stuck? Does it seem like your prayers are falling on deaf ears? You are not alone! Our Heavenly Father listens to our prayers, but sometimes our energy and unbelief keep us trapped in immaturity.
I want to show you how to use affirmative prayer to bring joy, confidence and encouragement into your life. Learning to pray affirmatively changes so much when it comes to prayer!
What is Affirmative Prayer?
As we mature in our spiritual journey, we should realize that we are approaching God as a generous Father—not with desperation or begging. We can have full confidence in his desire to bless us.
Too often, we fall into a trap of begging the Divine mind to make changes for us. The problem is, this traps us in a negative energy of desperation and discontent. Affirmative action brings the Universal Law of Attraction and Biblical form of prayer together, using this tool to approach God in the right way.
Using positive language and positive energy, we can approach God with gratitude, joy and confidence in His goodness no matter what our circumstance.
3 Steps to Affirmative Prayer
These steps of affirmative prayer will help you take the right action path in approaching the Devine mind with your desired outcome. As you approach your prayer with an attitude of affirmation, remember to keep that same energy in your day-to-day life.
1. Believing and Opening
God tells us over and over again that we should ask Him for good things. But, He doesn’t just tell us to ask, He tells us to ask with belief in the generosity and power of God.
Luke 11:11-13 “What father among you, if his son asks for[d] a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
I’ve been asked before, “But what if my prayer request isn’t good for me? Won’t that be trying to force God’s hand?” Let me break this thought down a bit—first, you will NEVER force Divine intelligence to act outside of His Will. What He says is that He wants to give us good gifts to support our well-being. He’s already said it! And, part of this process is knowing yourself and God well enough to ask for what IS good for you.
You need to be tuned in enough to what the Spirit of God is telling you to know when you are wanting something with selfishness or bad motives.
James 4 explains this warning about searching yourself before you come to God: “You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”
If you truly believe that God wants to bless you, you will have a completely different approach to your spiritual practice that is open and ready to see any blessings he places in your life. Pray out loud and with your arms outstretched to receive:
“As a Child of God, I am given blessings from my Father, and I am open to receiving them.”
2. Changing Your Language
Affirmative prayer will have an uplifting impact on how you go about your day.
Are you praying needy energy prayers, like “God will you PLEASE heal me?” or “God, can you please give me this?” These kinds of prayers focus your energy and emotions on the lack. You are caught in a scarcity mindset that suggests deep disbelief of what God can (or will) do for you.
Rather than pleading and anxiety, approach the Father with confidence and gratitude—not confidence in what YOU can do, but confidence in who HE is and what HE can do.
Change your “will you” or “can you” prayer treatment to one of thankfulness as if it has already happened. You can have FULL confidence that he will do these things, even if it doesn’t happen today, tomorrow or within this lifetime. For example, you could pray with full belief:
“Thank you for my healthy body that is now freed from pain. Thank you, God, for blessing me with this amazing, healthy body. I am so grateful for it. I am using it for the goodness of my life and to bless others. Thank you, God. I am grateful for the healing that has occurred and that continues to transpire in my life.”
You may realize the parts of you that ARE healthy and allowing you to work. You might be grateful that one day you know your body will be completely without flaws. You might find that your body is exactly how it needs to be right now and rest in his grace as being sufficient. When you are open to his blessing, the blessing itself may sometimes surprise you.
3. Using Affirmative Words
The power of affirmative prayer isn’t just in shifting your perspective, but also in impacting how you act towards others. When you feel the generosity and grace of God, you will be more gracious and generous towards others. In your gratitude and joy, you will be a blessing to those around you with your positive energy.
Release your words of affirmation in prayer with a final word of “Amen,” which means, “so be it.” You could even say “so be it” or “and so it is” if you prefer closing with that over amen. The point is to let the affirmative prayer go.
Letting go is a crucial step because you should be at peace at the end of your prayer. You’ve put it in God’s hands and rest confident that he will handle it how he chooses—always with goodness and graciousness.
Becoming obsessive is another form of disbelief. Trust God to take it from here and stop making it a central point of your life. This whole process isn’t about getting things but letting God lead you.
Affirmative Prayer is a Great Act of Faith
There are many examples of people having this kind of great faith in the Bible. Peter told Jesus if He said the word, Peter would be able to walk on water. The woman was healed of her bleeding issue when she touched Jesus’s cloak in faith. While God has still blessed some in their unbelief, he often has to spend much longer teaching them to believe and trust his Word.
If you have children, teach or coach, then you know how important it is for those children to trust your lead. It’s obnoxious if they question your teaching style or your ability to care for them, despite being fully dependent on you and far less knowledgeable.
God gave us experiences with children as a picture of our relationship with Him. It is just as absurd when we worry in our unbelief that maybe he isn’t capable of seeing our situation or taking care of us in the way that is BEST for us.
When you use affirmative prayer, you trust God. He can be the joyful and giving Father who says, “Thank you for trusting me. I’m glad you are believing in what I want for you as well.”
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