First, strive to sense Spirit is everywhere. Then bring into your mind the person or problem you’re praying for.
Visualize that Spirit fills the person or situation fully, abundantly and perfectly. Visualize that the person or problem is entirely transformed in a delightful and ideal manner. For example, picture that the illness is healed and the person is dancing in health and joy. Or, picture that the enemies have come into accord and are embracing one another in cooperation and trust. In other words, picture that the lack is now perfectly fulfilled.
Visualize the ideal. Then offer your new image to the Lord as a prayer. Mentally see perfection as clearly and vividly as you can. Then release your image to God with the sincere conclusion, May Your will be done. Let go of the image completely. Don’t think about it for the rest of the day.
Leave the image in God’s hands.
It is best to practice visualization while in serene mystical attunement, which will help you to know what to visualize.
Nine — AFFIRMATIVE PRAYER
Through Affirmative Prayer you can help overcome negative events, destructive emotions and self-defeating states of mind in those who request prayer.
In Affirmative Prayer you realize that your mind is part of the Infinite Mind and is thus connected with all individual minds. In the awareness that all human minds are joined together in the Infinite Consciousness, you bring the person who requires prayerful assistance into your mind. Then you affirm and recognize that God is present in this person’s body, mind, heart, life and circumstances.
Yes, yes, yes! God’s Spirit abides within you. God is moving and expressing perfectly within you now. Yes, yes, yes!
Ten — METAPHYSICAL PRAYER
Metaphysics means beyond physics, the study of original source and true cause. We humans tend to have a “herd consciousness” which keeps us from realizing True Cause and most of life’s possibilities. We habitually follow the fears and primitive perspectives of our ignorant groups, thus limiting our ways of thinking and living.
In Metaphysical Prayer, you consciously recognize the Divine everywhere and in everyone.
In attunement with Spirit, first recognize the spiritual self of the person for whom prayer is being offered. Simply abide in Spirit and let Spirit reveal the real, true self of the person to you.
Then, abiding in awareness of that person’s spiritual self, observe that the negative condition and false belief falls completely away. It is dissolved by Spirit into nothingness. Aware of Spirit, see him or her totally free of spiritual ignorance and the former problem. Recognize the person as pure conscious Spirit, entirely emancipated from the problem and any negative, self-destructive desire(s) which may have caused the trouble in the first place. See that the person is now entirely whole and happy. (Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes is full of beautiful metaphysical prayers. It’s published by Dodd, Mead and Company, New York.)
Eleven — REALIZATION OF GOD EVERYWHERE
This is another form of mystical and metaphysical prayer. It is especially effective when used after deep meditation as you abide in profound awareness of, and unity with, Spirit.
Mentally chant, You, You, You! and realize the presence of God in everyone and throughout the universe.
Then also bring the person needing prayer and the problem into your mind. Continue to chant You, You, You! and recognize that the Presence, Love and Power of God gracefully, totally and victoriously prevail within the person and the problem.
Continue to chant You, You, You! until you realize that Spirit has saturated and operated upon the person and situation in a perfect, loving, transformational act. Then release your prayer with Amen or Om.
Twelve — INSPIRED PRAYER
As your spiritual awareness grows deeper and you can sense Spirit more easily, you may often wish to practice Inspired Prayer.
Abide in Spirit after meditation and simply allow yourself to be moved by Spirit as you pray for your personal needs or those of others. Let your prayers be inspired by the Divine Consciousness which flows through you, through your mind and heart.