Make Room for Miracles, Part 4:
A Miracle Through Affirmation Prayers
April 25, 2010
The Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Godlefski, Pastor
Montgomery United Methodist Church
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
2he makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters;
3 he restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil;
for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff,
they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
thou anointest my head with oil,
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
I want to speak with you today about a prayer style that is very powerful, very useful and very encouraging. It is called Affirmation Prayer. What is an Affirmation Prayer? An Affirmation Prayer is a bold, positive statement of faith. One example is our prayer; I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
When you go to your time of private prayer, I invite you to try this style of prayer. You can use the Bible’s Affirmations; you can use the Daily Word Affirmations found on the Daily Word website, or you can make up your own. Using your own is probably the best of all. I invite you to prayer in the style of Affirmation Prayers.
Here are some more examples of Affirmation Prayers:
When Jesus did a healing, He very often closed the healing with an Affirmation Prayer which was, Your faith has made you well. He used this over and over again; it was a bold, positive statement of faith.
Another example, if you are speaking to a medical condition is, This is a temporary condition from which I will recover. If you use this kind of Affirmation principle your prayer will take on a wonderful boldness and a wonderful power. You will be telling the Lord of your intention.
I'm remembering a Bible story wherein a blind man comes to Jesus and says, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And surprisingly, Jesus says, "What would you have me do for you?" Now, wouldn't it have been obvious that the blind man needed sight? Why was Jesus asking a question like this? Jesus knew that the man needed to state his intention as part of his healing process. The man said, "Lord, that I may see." This was his affirmation prayer. Notice that he did not say, "That my blindness may be gone." He used a very positive, affirmative statement. That's an important clue to praying in the affirmative prayer style. I invite you to make use of this Affirmation principle when you pray.
The twenty-third Psalm is a collection of Affirmation prayers. The Lord’s Prayer is also a collection of Affirmations. When we say the twenty-third Psalm or the Lord’s Prayer, we tend to say them in chant form, we think of them as chants. I challenge you to see these two great pieces of scripture in a whole new way. See them as collection of affirmations-brief, powerful, positive statements of faith.
For example, does the twenty-third Psalm say, May the Lord be my Shepherd? Or does it say, Someday I shall not want? No, it doesn’t say that. It says, The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. Those are brief, powerful, positive statements of faith. They are Affirmations and that is what makes these such remarkable, powerful Scriptural statements, and why people have loved these passages so much over the years.
Let’s explore this some more. Does the Scripture say, Someday he will make me lie down in green pastures? No, it states, He makes me lie down in green pastures. God is blessing me right now, today. Affirmation praying is a positive, present tense statement, grabbing hold of the truth in the immediate moment, and claiming it as already granted.
When God created the world, He created it with an Affirmation. At the very beginning of the world, He said, Let there be light. And there was light. This is the power of the Affirmative word.
Now let’s us examine the Lord’s Prayer. Instead of looking at it as a chanting prayer, although that is perfectly legitimate, I invite you to look at it as an Affirmation Prayer. An Affirmation translation of this would be:
Dear Father, You are in Heaven and
Your Name is Wonderful.
Your Kingdom has come!
Your Will is being done on Earth as it is being done in Heaven.
You are giving us our Daily bread and are forgiving us our trespasses.
In Your image, we are forgiving those who trespass against us.
You are now delivering us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom, and power and the glory, eternally; and it is so! Amen!
Now, isn't that a refreshing way to pray the Lord's prayer? Don't you feel uplifted inside as you think of the concepts in this way? I think that's what Jesus wanted for his disciples - and that's us, too.
The twenty-third Psalm and the Lord’s Prayer are collections of powerful statements of faith, they are Affirmations.
Now, please take the Scripture paper in hand with a pen and or pencil. I invite you to write down an Affirmation, this can be whatever feels right to you. Take some time to think about it, and come up with an Affirmative statement that you could say in your private, prayer time that you want to see manifest in your life.
Here are some examples to help you with this idea:
• I am getting better and
• I can do my school work with ease.
• God is helping me right now.
• I have nothing to worry about.
• God has always provided for me and always will.
(After several minutes, Pastor Tony now asks the congregation, “Does anyone want to share their Affirmation sentence?”)
Below are some Affirmations that the congregation shared.
• I can get through anything
with the help of my Lord.
• I am happy with the way that my relationship with the Lord has deepened and gotten better and better throughout my life.
• I am blessed.
• I am grateful for my good health and blessed life.
Even as we listen to the affirmations prayers of others, we tend to say in our hearts, "That's my prayer, too!" A sense of enthusiasm springs up within us. We feel energy being generated by Affirmation Prayers.
Compose them yourself. Use examples from the Bible. Use the Affirmations in every Daily Word devotional magazine reading. If you use them repeatedly, and boldly, you will find amazing transformations happening in your life. Remember, Jesus knew and loved the 23rd Psalm. He personally identified with the image of the Good Shepherd. Claim His affirmations for yourself. "I will fear no evil! I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!"
Let’s make Affirmations part of our prayer life. In this way we will be participating in the great flow of the Bible’s tradition, from the twenty-third Psalm through the Lord’s Prayer. And we will be making room for amazing miracles in our lives.
God loves you; I do, too. Have a wonderful week!
© 2010 Anthony J. Godlefski