Prayer Chaplain Corner
Prayer Chaplain Corner
Greetings from your prayer chaplain team.
Let’s step back into childhood for a moment and reminisce. What was the first prayer you ever learned to say? Mine went like this: Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep (I don’t know what that means, but it sounds good because sleep rhymes with keep). And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take (That’s really scary. I don’t want to die in my sleep, and where will He be taking my soul? Quick-let’s move on to something better). I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight (Insert request for new toy here. And by the way, God, I’d like that new toy to arrive tomorrow). God bless Mommy, and Daddy, and sissy (and I’m leaving my brother, Johnny, off the list because he ripped the arm off my Barbie doll today). Amen (I don’t know what that means, either. I guess it means good-bye).
I hope you’re chuckling at my youthfully sincere but misguided interpretation of how to pray. I really had no guidance on the purpose of prayer, how best to do it, or when and how often to do it.
Now fast-forward forty-three years to 2017. That’s when I received my first formal instruction in prayer by joining our Unity prayer chaplain team. This has been a wonderfully rewarding experience and I have learned a lot, but the focus has been on praying with and for others. I want to learn more about how to pray for myself, and it’s not just about getting something that costs much more than I can afford. It’s about way more than that. It’s about using prayer as a tool to harness the creative power of the Universe on my behalf. It’s about changing my life for the better. It’s about recognizing the Christ in me.
Thankfully, this wish has been granted. Rev. Dr. Patrick is offering two one-hour spiritual enrichment classes in which we can all learn how to pray. Instruction is on the Power of Transformative Prayer. This information is taken from the Foundation of Unity Prayer class that Rev. Dr. Patrick teaches for Unity Worldwide Institute. I hope to see you on April 7th and 14th at 1:15 to learn the powerful, transformative, Unity Prayer Method. (Maybe I can get some of those childhood prayer questions answered, too.)
Unity Prayer Chaplain Team