Why some prayers go unansweredBy Ramon Tulfo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
You want to be a successful businessman, executive, writer, soldier or office employee this year?
Tell the Universe you are already what you want to be, give thanks, and expect it.
Don’t say, “I will be a successful businessman” because that’s in the future and the future may never come.
Instead, say, “Thank you, Universe (God, Lord, Allah, Jehovah or whatever you call the Deity) for making me a successful businessman.”
God has no concept of time; He only knows of the Eternal Now.
So whatever you ask of God, thank Him for already granting your prayer even before it has come.
Neale Donald Walsch, author of the best-selling Conversations with God, said, “Even before you ask (God) has already given it to you.”
But ask God before the Universe (God and the Universe are interchangeable, it’s just a matter of name) for your prayer will be answered.
By being grateful for your prayer before it is answered, you’re telling your subconscious mind that it is so.
Many prayers go unanswered because they were worded in a negative way.
Here’s an example of a negative prayer: “Lord, I want to be rich because I don’t want to keep borrowing money from my relatives and friends.”
The words “want to be rich” drive the wealth farther away. The word “don’t” attracts what is not desired all the more.
The Universe is always positive and so the prayer may as well have been worded thus: “Lord, I am poor and want to keep borrowing money from my relatives and friends.”
George Sison, advocate of the New Thought movement in the country, says in his book, A Miracle Awaits You: “Our orientation is to stress what we don’t like. On the contrary, we attract it all the more.”
Sison continues: “The Bible says it succinctly: ‘Resist not evil’ because that is what you get and what you resist stays in your mind. The more you resist an undesirable thought the longer its effects on you, and oftentimes fits you.”
The prayer above should have been, “God, thank you for making me wealthy. I am now able to pay back the money I owe my relatives and friends.”
When you constantly talk about your problems with friends, those problems will even get worse because you pay so much attention to them.
Walsch, like Sison, says the same about problems: “What you resist, persists.”
Most Filipinos, especially the poor, are fond of saying things they dislike, such as, “Pesteng buhay ito (Damn this miserable life).”
By putting them into words—Pesteng buhay ito—they’re decreeing to the Universe for their miserable life to continue.
“Nagpapasalamat ako dahil mas maganda na ang kalagayan ko kesa dati (I am grateful that my circumstances are better now than before),” should have been much better.
Even if not much has changed in your life, by verbalizing what you desire, you are decreeing a better situation.
And the better situation will surely come.
If you want to be rich, act the part.
Hang out in places where rich people go.
You don’t have to eat what they eat or buy what they buy, but try to get to places where they gather.
You can drink coffee in a five-star hotel if you can’t afford the food. Or just window-shop in places where the rich buy what they need or want.
When you go to the enclave of the wealthy, you imbibe the wealth consciousness in the atmosphere.
Think and act rich and let your subconscious do the job of making you one.
“Practice! Try to eat in an expensive five-star restaurant. Save up for it if necessary, or you can project that you get invitations to dine at such places.
But it is better for you to pay for yourself as often as possible. Forget the cost. Just go, sit down, eat leisurely and most of all, enjoy! “says Sison.
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