“Please, God! I’m lonely. Send me my soul mate!” “God! I need money. Help me win the lottery!” Have you ever prayed that way? It’s like we’re trying to convince God that we’re worthy and deserving and if we just beg enough and in the right way, the blessings we seek will be bestowed on us. What if instead you simply knew that abundance, love, health and a flow of opportunities were your Divine birthright? Last weekend I took a workshop on the topic of Affirmative Prayer at the Unity Church in Hyannis, MA (Cape Cod.) I’d love to share some of the powerful ideas and techniques I learned.

Let’s start with a definition of affirmative prayer. It’s based on the metaphysical idea that our thoughts and feelings create our reality. In this form of prayer, you’re focused on the positive outcome you seek rather than the scary or negative situation you may be facing. It relates to the statement from Jesus in Mark 11:24. “So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

A traditional prayer may sound something like “I’m desperate for work and money. Please send a job.” In contrast, an affirmative prayer assumes that the Universe/God has our back. We are supported and loved and are encouraged to feel the reality of that wisdom, love, and knowledge. You might say something like:

“I step into the flow of infinite abundance. Blessings come to me from every direction in both expected and unexpected ways. Wonderful things happen to me. I open my heart and mind to receive all that life has to offer.”

Try saying it out loud or recording it for playback. Don’t you feel great when you hear it?! What I love about this form of prayer is that it puts you in touch with Divine guidance. It’s almost as if you can feel that inner wisdom whispering encouragement to you through that still, quiet inner voice. In fact, that’s often how the prayers are answered. You feel an intuitive nudge to make a phone call, attend a workshop, listen to a podcast or apply for a certain job. When you pay attention to that wisdom and take action, your answered prayer becomes your reality.

Need some more affirmative prayer ideas? Here are a few from the Unity.org prayer site:

“God is the illuminating presence lighting my way. I am assured of right guidance whether the path before me is winding or straight, clear or uncertain. I am filled with joy and confidence. I know that I am being led in ways that will bring forth my highest good. I hold this truth in my heart as I pray in the Silence …”

“Attuned to divine light, I release any concern or question to Spirit within. With this light as my guide, I am ready to walk a new course. I have faith in my divine intuition to direct me on the path of peace and fulfillment. I pray in the Silence, fearless and free …”

Want some additional support?

You can fill out a form requesting affirmative prayer at https://www.unity.org/prayer/request-prayer

You can call and request prayer at

1-800-NOW-PRAY (669-7729)

International: 01-816-969-2000

There’s even an app called uPray!