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I believe in my prayer and the answer to it because I believe in Godís unfailing willingness to give me the kingdom, which is the immutable law of good.  I do not make attempts to coerce or influence God because I realize that I am already one with God.  As the result of this awareness, I expect, accept and receive every good thing that life has to offer.  I believe, I know, and I act.  I have accepted my
partnership with God, therefore today and every day what God has given me in abundance, I share with others, because Godís wellspring of good
never runs dry.  And So It Is.
          - Dr. O. C. Smith, November 2001



"Protection Prayer"
The Light of God surrounds me.
The Love of God enfolds me.
The Presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God Is.
And so it is!

*Note:  please mentally personalize the following prayers as you read them.  If you are praying for someone else, or for your self, first say, either mentally or orally, "This prayer is for - name -"

Prayer for Protection
             Knowing that God, Infinite Spirit, is right where I am, I know and I know that I know, that the Spirit of God protects me and sustains me in Divine Protection. I have perfect faith in God and in God's guidance.  I positively believe in God's Love and Protection.  I accept and receive God's Protection, knowing that no matter what may happen around me, only Good happens to me.  This I declare as the truth for me now.  Mentally, I dwell on the Presence of God with me now.  I claim and believe in this Presence as It surrounds me, presses against me, and flows through me, now.  My life is governed and directed by the Love of God.  My mind is at peace.  I am Divinely Protected now and always, and for this, and so much more, I give thanks.  All is well with me now.  And so it is.  Amen.

Prayer for Safety and Security
              I realize in this very moment that I am "of God  and in God" ... this is the Truth of me and this Truth keeps me free from harm's way.  There is that within me that knows, without doubting, that I am Divinely guided and directed to do that which I am to do without any sense of separation from Infinite Spirit.  The Spirit of God has created me, and the Spirit of God embraces me ... my faith is strong, alive and well within me.  In this Divine Embrace I desire peace for myself and peace for everyone.  I perform my duties knowing that God has placed me in this capacity to perform these duties.  No matter what may come to me, I never allow myself to feel separated from God.  God is in the midst of me ... surrounds me ... embraces me ... and protects me ... right where I am.  I am deeply thankful for this understanding ... and I go forth knowing that the Father and I are One.  And so it is.  Amen.  

Prayer of Confidence
               In this moment I turn to God within me ... within my heart and within my mind ... and I recognize that I am not all of God ... but all that I am is God.  Closer to me than breathing, I feel the Presence of God with me and within me.  I feel this Divine Essence as It restores my soul ... and though I walk through a land that is unknown to me ... I do not feel fear as my mind is filled with faith.  I realize that I am One with this All-Powerful Infinite Presence.  As I connect with It in my mind, a sense of radiant confidence moves through my soul.  My heart is strong and my mind is clear ... as I move forward with confidence that all that I need comes to me when it is needed ... all that I need to know ... is known to me when I need to know it.  This is the Spirit of God working in my mind filling me up with faith and hope.  I move forward with a greater sense of confidence as I know that it is God that infuses me with confidence.  I am absolutely certain that each and every day God is showering me with great blessings of strength, confidence and self assurance.  There is nothing in me that doubts my ability to complete the purpose that God has set forth for me.  I realize and actualize my faith dynamically in my mind as I mentally conceive of a vision that is greater than anything that I have experienced before ... and that my future experiences will be patterned from this great vision within me now ... a vision of leadership, accomplishment and dignity.  Nothing and no one can shake my faith in my One-ness with God, Infinite Spirit.  And so it is.  Amen.




"You can overcome any obstacle. You can achieve the most tremendous things
          by faith power.
Have big faith - not any old watered-down faith, and the change
            in you and in your experience will be little short of miraculous."
                     - Norman Vincent Peale

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