“According to Conversations with God, Book 1:
“You will not have that for which you ask, nor can you have anything you want. This is because your very request is a statement of lack, and your saying you want a thing only works to produce that precise experience – wanting – in your reality. The correct prayer is therefore never a prayer of supplication, but a prayer of gratitude.”
Now, read the above passage again slowly and let it sink in for a bit…
Did the thought cross your mind that being grateful for what has yet to manifest itself in your life appears to be somewhat backward? It really is quite reasonable, however, when you stop to realize that the Scriptures of essentially all major religions are very clear about the creative power of human thought. For example, remember the oft-quoted Bible verse that says, “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
If you take this statement literally, the statement is promising you that when you really want something, your thoughts (and feelings) are actually focused on the wanting and not the having. The only result, therefore, can be that you stay in a wanting state, which in effect serves to keep away that which you wish to experience. On the contrary, if you adopt the practice of being grateful in advance of having a particular desire fulfilled, you are essentially affirming the inevitability of its fulfillment.”
Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”
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