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Prayerfulness

“…True prayer is measured by weight, not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length.” – C. H. Spurgeon

No rational being, equipped with spiritual knowledge, can deny the role of prayer in human life.

The real question, however, has to do with the how, whys and wherefores of prayer.

Lots of people believe in the showmanship of prayer. But Victor Hugo says “To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.”

Whatever your opinion about prayer, this fact you shouldn’t overlook, that it is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

Be Prayerful!
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Did you know? – Praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head 180 degrees.

MY PRAYER FOR YOU

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My Prayer for You

“There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him.” – William Law

“Dear reader, may your way be rough and tough, may you be treated unfairly, suffer betrayal, experience loneliness. And may you suffer pain too. These things I pray you to have, from time to time, Amen.”

I know many who’ll reject this magnificent prayer and even speak against it in some strange gobbledygook tongues!

If you think I do not wish you well, just say “Same to you, Sunny”, and I’m cool with that.

I prayed these things for you so you can succeed, know the value of justice, understand the importance of loyalty, appreciate friendship, and be compassionate.

Be not deceived. Whether I pray these things or not they’ll happen to you. I’m only opening your consciousness to the message in your misfortunes so you can reap the most benefits from your experiences.

Do you know woman suffers excruciating pains in labour, even at risk of her own life, to bring forth another beautiful life? That, my friend, is the process of natural manifestation.

Good Morning. I Love You!
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Did you know? – An Indian woman gave birth to her baby while using the toilet on a train that emptied directly onto the tracks. She passed out after giving birth, and after she reported what happened, rail workers found the baby alive and unharmed.

PRAYER ESSENCE

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Prayer Essence

“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” – Mother Teresa

No matter what anyone thinks, prayer is good. However, its role is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.

Prayer shouldn’t be a mere mental exercise or vocal, dramatic performance. It is talking to God intimately, like a friend.

Often the challenge is how we pray and what we pray about.

Many monopolize the conversation and miss the majestic harmony of hearing God’s response!

Therefore, when you pray, go quietly into the silent corner of your heart and, without fanfare, pour out your heart unto the Living God Most High.

Hey, remember to pause and listen. He’ll tell you something too.

Good Morning!
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Did you know? – The practice of silence can help you handle stress. At the beginning, listening to your inner voice could be strange and uncontrollable, but then you will feel much better and wiser.

HOW TO PRAY

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How to Pray

“Prayer is not a check request asking for things from God. It is a deposit slip – a way of depositing God’s character into our bankrupt souls.” – Dutch Sheets

Do you know that the most essential part of praying is listening to God’s reply?

The power of prayer does not depend on technique or method; it depends on the depth of your knowledge of God.

God sometimes wants you to sit before Him in quietness. He doesn’t want you to do all the talking.

But the reality is that people miss the majestic experience of hearing Him speak because they monopolize the conversation.

Keep still.

Let Him Minister To You!
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Did you know? – Power is not in our prayer but in the God to whom we pray.

RE-EXAMINE YOUR PERSPECTIVE

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Re-Examine Your Perspective

“There are things known, and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” – Aldous Huxley.

Once upon a time in my Primary School days my Religious Knowledge Teacher, at the end of her class, asked: “If there’s anyone who’ll go to Heaven who do you think that person will be?” “My father!” I answered.

Amazed at the unexpected answer, my teacher queried, “Why your father?”
Me: “… because he is a good man.”

As a little boy (and still up till now) I idolized my Dad. In my mind, he was such a perfect man. To so high a holy eminence did I hold him that I felt he could do no wrong. I love my Dad. However, as an adult and with all the superlative love and respect I still have for him, I have come to realize that he is not a perfect man.

And that, my friend, is the truth about truth – it is always constant, but your understanding of the truth may not be consistent. Our knowledge of truth varies according to our level of information, experience or exposure. Thus, what you consider truth today becomes untrue tomorrow – when your knowledge and experience become fuller.

I’m sure you can recall instances when you’ve held beliefs, opinions, positions, that you considered sacrosanct and incontrovertible, only to change such views many years down the line. Time there was when the world was deemed to be flat, but today we know for a truth that the earth is spherical.

So, my friend, never jump to the hasty conclusion that those who are dancing are crazy simply because you cannot hear the music. Always examine – and re-examine – your perspective.

Have A Vibrant Day!
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Did you know? – The star Antares is 60,000 times larger than our sun. If our sun were the size of a softball, the star Antares would be as large as a house.

INNER PEACE

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Inner Peace

“Yesterday is ashes, tomorrow wood. Only today does the fire burn brightly. Live Today!” – Old Eskimo Proverb

Inner peace is the calmness of the mind. Everyone needs it, but not everyone has it.

It enables you to reflect and meditate on your inner wisdom, to receive answers to personal challenges.

 

Do you want to possess the skill for creative solutions? The key is to have a peaceful heart, one free from worry and troubles.

To have inner peace is to learn to live in the present – to be in harmony with the Universe.

Have A Peaceful Day!
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Did you know? – A smile cannot be bagged, bought, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is no earthly good to anybody till it is given away.

FOLLOW YOUR PASSION

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Follow Your Passion

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” – Henry David Thoreau

Everyone is blessed with unique gifts to assist him to conduct his life purpose. It doesn’t, therefore, pay to compare yourself to others. Comparison keeps you from being the best form of yourself.

My friend, how do you utilise your special gift?

Do you know that because no one else is you no one else can offer what you have? So, in the words of Jessica Opare Saforo, “Let no one discourage your ambitious attitude. You don’t need a fan club to achieve your goals. Be your own motivation.”

Have A Fulfilled Day!
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Did you know? – Passionate people devote their lives to their dreams.

THE VALUE OF PAIN

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The Value of Pain

“No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.” – William Penn

For 12 years, I lived next door to Julie, and our relationship was great. I could say we were friends, in a sense. Then one day, Julie left, and great pain seized my heart…

Everyone you see is a carrier of pain. Whether it be the pain of loss, failed relationship or ruined business, there’s suffering involved; without it, we don’t learn. Pain, therefore, is the key to life’s windows; without it, there’s no life.

However, some people don’t know how to heal from old wounds; they bleed again at the slightest word. If you’re going through pain right now, be wise – turn your wound into wisdom.

You see, no teaching is more grounded than that from experience, and the wisdom from it is nothing but the healed pain.

So, whichever way you look at it, pain is inevitable, suffering is optional, and the choice to heal is yours.

Have A Glorious Day!
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Did you know? – Back pain is the most common pain condition. The best way to ease it is by gentle, regular stretching and strengthening exercises, as well as reaching and maintaining healthy body weight.

THE SEED OF POWER

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The Seed of Power

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” – Joseph Campbell

Everyone experiences a sad occurrence now and again.

To make progress, find and understand the purpose of those occurrences rather than allow them to beat us down. No doubt there have been situations where what initially seemed like a dark moment ended up bringing us enormous consequences.

So, whatever is happening to you today, it is essential to know that it contains the seed to make you stronger – if you harness the power behind it.

Have An Eventful Day!
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Did you know? – Squirrels plant thousands of new trees each year – by forgetting where they put their acorns.

MEET NEGATIVE WITH POSITIVE

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Meet Negative with Positive

“Become a ‘possibilitarian’. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Are you hurting right now? Be careful, because it is easy for hurt people to hurt people.

Abusive patterns get passed on, generation after generation, but you can break the chain with your choices. So, what to do?

Meet anger with sympathy; contempt with compassion; cruelty with kindness; grimaces with smiles.

When you forget about the fault, there is nothing to forgive. Love is the weapon of the future.

Have A Lovely Day!
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Did you know? – Blind people smile even though they’ve never seen anyone smile.

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