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The Power Of Prayer
I was taught to pray with my father, mother, brother and sister at an early age. I have never questioned whether my prayers were heard. I knew as a child, every invocation was heard. I also knew that each prayer was answered; not always in the way I'd like, but in the way I needed for my spiritual growth.
Benefits Of Praying
When we pray, our heart rate slows, blood pressure drops and we experience a greater feeling of calmness.
In a study done by the National Institue of Health, people who prayed daily were shown to be 40 percent less likely to have high blood pressure than those without prayer.
Dearest Father In Heaven -
Mold me as a little child with love in pure perfection
Bless my body, keep it whole, to serve my brothers and sisters
Renew and strengthen my life-giving energy
May Thy power move through me always.
Thou art merciful and all-healing
Thy love moves within me
Shine thy light through the darkness of my ignorance
Daily I will seek to live thy word
My dreams of perfection are the bridges that
carry me into the realm of pure reflection
I release all bitterness and resentment
Returning now to divine order
Bless my restless mind...lead me to peace
Inspire my words fill my mind with lofty thoughts
Thy infinite intelligence capable of infinite expansion
Share with me this day your will
Thou Art With Me
Help me oh Father to obey physical, social and moral laws
With burning, joyous power I will obey wisdom's chamber
With you as my captain darkness cannot stay
Thou art the ocean, I am the wave, we are one
Submerge me in your eternal light
Permeate every particle of my being
Charity, compassion, forgiveness is my song
Thou art within me, I listen, I hear
I understand not the mystery of life
Or the challenges before me
Loss and pain invade my nights
I grieve for him, my son
He dwells with Thee, even so
A waterfall of tears
Invade my heart's ache
A longing persists...an unfinished symphony
Bless me, dear Father, that I may focus on living Thy holy word
May my roots be planted deep in Thy heart's desire
Endowed with wisdom, coated with humility
Giving birth to a whole new story
And the glory be to Thee forever.
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© 2016 Audrey Hunt
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 22, 2020:
I shared this one here.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 31, 2018:
Prayer is powerful. Prayer is a direct lifeline to our creator who hears and answers our prayers. Praying also shows our level of faith.
I'm so very sorry to hear about your husband's terrible experiences. It's almost unbelievable. He really is a "Miracle Man" and so very blessed to have you at his side.
Thank you, dear Margie, for reading my poem and finding it beautiful.
Blessings to you and yours.
Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on March 07, 2018:
A beautiful prayer to start my day! My husband broke his neck on a scooter accident and three days after we got home from the hospital he ended back in the hospital with 4 bypass heart surgery. We had so many people praying for us and it gave us both so much strength, we felt the prayers of God's people. He is truly blessed by God and I call him a miracle man!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 28, 2018:
Thank you for your lovely comments. Its through constant prayer to our Heavenly Father that we are inspired. We must listen...prayers are always answerd in one way or the other.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 30, 2017:
Beautiful prayer. Those who believe in Him live by His word and their prayers are always answered.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 01, 2017:
I thank you for your sweet words. You've said "Praying aloud when you can and silently when necessary, coupled with a listening spirit". It's so important that we remember to listen with the spirit. Thank you.
Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on April 10, 2017:
There is little I might say that has not been eloquently said already. Praying aloud when you can and silently when necessary, coupled with a listening spirit, even what the scriptures call for: "pray continuously" is a key to the companionship of the Holy Ghost and the inspiration and whisperings we need to guide us forward safely. You know that, and you have said it beautifully that we might share your prayer with you.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 04, 2017:
Thank you for your generous and kind comments. How marvelous that you teach your granddaughter to pray and to especially acknowledge God for who He is. Peace and love to you.
BODYLEVIVE from Alabama, USA on January 22, 2017:
Yes, I do believe in the power of prayer. It is part of my getting ready for the day and ends my day. I teach my granddaughter the importance of prayer, not to ask for anything all the time but just to acknowledge God for who He is. I love your work, it's wonderful and peaceful. I enjoyed reading your prayer.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 24, 2016:
Thank you my friend. So nice to see you and know that you pray as well.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 23, 2016:
Prayer has always been a part of my life and your prayer is beautiful.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 27, 2016:
Oh, thank you so very much. God answers prayers...I know this first hand.
I'm so grateful for the gift of prayer. You feel the same way. How wonderful!
Thank you my friend.
LJ Scott from Phoenix, Az. on August 27, 2016:
This is absolutely true and very besautifully expressed... for if it weren't for God where would I be??? I shudder to think...
What a wonderfully Blessed expression ... thanks for sharing this
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 23, 2016:
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your poor sick pet. I will certainly be praying for you. I know first hand how powerful prayer is. Three of us along with our dog were saved from perishing in a fire last week...all because of a quick and fervent prayer! Thanks dear lady.
I can't even imagine a mother losing two sons (and a husband.) Bless her dear heart. She was right about the pain. Life is never quite the same after a tragedy like this.
Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement and support. It means everything to me! Thank you too for sharing.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 22, 2016:
What a beautiful prayer Audrey! This world needs more prayers and people who desire peace and understanding. My mother lost both of her sons (my brothers) and husband before she entered the next life. She always said that losing a child was the worst kind of pain much as she loved my dad. Blessings to you and just know that your son will be waiting for you in heaven when it is your time to join him. Sharing this! Your prayer may help others.
Audrey Howitt from California on August 18, 2016:
I have an ailing pet--and in need of some grace today--thought I would pay a visit here!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 16, 2016:
Oh yes, we do need Him now more than ever. Just imagine what might happen if we all joined hands to pray for world peace. Thank you Becca for supporting my prayer.
Becca Hubbard-Woods from Outside your window. on August 16, 2016:
This is absolutely beautiful. I find myself praying more and more with the way people are behaving. I think we need Him more now than ever. Thank you for sharing!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 16, 2016:
Thank you Fiddelman for your lovely comment. I love "prayer touches the heart of God." So powerful!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 15, 2016:
Thank you kindly for your comments. Faith is everything! When we trust in Him all worry and concern takes a back seat. Thank you.
I know He listens to our prayers. He answers them as well...maybe not the way we expect nor as soon as we'd like. His time is not our time and His ways are not our ways. Thank you so much for liking my prayer.
Blessings and love to you.
Thank you so much for the poems you wrote about me 2 years ago and for being here now. You have such a beautiful, kind way of commenting. You never fail to make others feel better about themselves. A lovely gift to possess.
I appreciate your empathy and generosity. You, my friend, are a lovely, good and spiritual man.
Peace, love and goodness to you,
Your comments mean so much to me. These days prayer is more needed then ever before. Just think about the changes for good that would happen if we all prayed together!
My best to you.
Thanks so very much for being here to read my hub on prayer. I appreciate your comments.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 15, 2016:
Yes, I've had to do a bit of 'releasing' lately myself. It's tough. My younger sister has dementia - alzheimers disease and she's at the stage now where she is argumentative and somewhat abusive. I supported her for as long as I could. Now I know I must release her along with a degree of bitterness for my own good. Other then the death of my beautiful son this has been the hardest for me. We were very close.
Thanks Peg for your support.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 10, 2016:
Thank you for being here. I'm filled with joy to know that my simple prayer brought you happiness.
Blessings to you each minute of every day.
I'm very touched to know that you still remember the time you first read about the loss of my boy to cancer. I live with this vacuum in my life constantly and will never recover. Because of the pain I carry I appreciate your kind words more today than ever. Thank you precious friend...thank you.
Fiddleman on August 10, 2016:
Prayer touches the heart of God. Sweet prayer.
Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on August 09, 2016:
Hi Audrey this is a beautiful heart touching prayer :) May God bless you and comfort you until you meet your loved one in heaven :) Be strong !!
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 09, 2016:
A beautiful prayer Audrey and I do believe in the power of prayer not of ourselves but the word trusted in Jesus name and sharing it with others (at least one other) where the bible says where 2 or more are in His name there He is also. Our faith is so much stronger put in Him. God bless you.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 09, 2016:
Thank you for your perfect comment. So nice to hear that your spirit feels lifted because of my prayer. And I love the "holy goosebumps."
Blessings to you,
What a wonderful surprise to see you back on HP! I've missed you so much. I understand exactly what you mean about some years being harder than others with the loss of your dear mother. I experience the same. It just never gets easier. I wish I could give you a real hug but I'm reaching out and sending you a virtual one hoping you will feel it.
Please take care, dear friend and know that I care too.
Hugs and love,
Nell Rose from England on August 09, 2016:
Awesome poem and prayer Audrey. I think we all need to sit back and reflect on things and this is the best way to do it, wonderful!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 07, 2016:
Thank you dear Mike for being here. I really appreciate all your support. You are a blessing to me.
I truly would not have survived the many challenges in my life without the power of prayer. Miracles have come my way. Many of my prayers have been answered and if the truth be known...all of them have.
Thank you dearest friend for your inspiration and for your sweet example.
I love your beautiful poem to me. You are such a shining light for goodness. Thank you...thank you.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 05, 2016:
Great hub! I like the style and a beautiful prayer.
Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on August 01, 2016:
Thank you for this beautiful and inspiring prayer. I truly loved the whole thing, but the line that rings out in these troubled times is, "I release all bitterness and resentment." That is so difficult to do and yet, so rewarding, like a conversation with our Father in Heaven.
Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on July 31, 2016:
Beautiful words indeed. Words l need to keep safely in my heart . You write beautifully despite the pain you must have suffered.
Today is the date of 55 years ago ...the death of my mother. Some years like this one today hit me hard. Most years l merely think of her as l often do anyway, remembering as much a 10 year old child can possibly remember. Today was different. This year it's hard and l don't know why. I only know that reading your beautiful prayer has helped me more than l can explain. Thank you.
Susie Lehto from Minnesota on July 28, 2016:
What a beautiful hub you have created here, it has lifted my spirit higher. Thank you for the holy goose bumps!
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 24, 2016:
I came back to share this beautiful prayer.
And to listen to the song of Prayer
With it's words of encouragement
To keep us strong
* Blessings my dear friend
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 22, 2016:
Do you know what a blessing you've been to me during our hub page years? No matter what I write about you continue to comment with just the right words. I love you dear friend.
The power of prayer is a constant in my life. I'm so grateful. Thank you dear lady for believing!
Dr Ran Paran
Hello doctor. Thank you for being here and for appreciating my poem and message.
Blessings to you and yours.
There would be a change for the better if we all believed in the power of prayer. And we certainly need a change for the better at this time. In fact I'll go as far as to say that prayer is our only hope during these very difficult times.
Thank you dear friend for your comments and for being you!
I'm so glad to see you here dear lady. I love your faith along with your great attitude.
You are a beautiful example to all of us of kindness, humility and understanding. I want to say thanks to you for being here for me all these years.
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 13, 2016:
Dear Audrey, I love you songs to God
Prayers with a musical tone
When you sing you are never alone
You will always have and audience of one
The Prayer is one of my favorites
Blessings my friend
Faith Reaper from southern USA on July 13, 2016:
Oh, Dear Audrey,
Thank you for sharing this most beautiful prayer! Prayer is so important to me in my daily life. I wake up and pray before I step out of the bed and continue to pray throughout my day. I know He hears and answers. Praying is how we stay in communication with our sweet Lord God. It is amazing to listen ...
You are precious and so is your prayer.
God bless you, sweet friend
mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on June 22, 2016:
Hello Audrey - That was such a nice read. You put your beautiful heart into this and it came shining through. Many need to see this, and benefit from your prayer.
Dianna Mendez on June 20, 2016:
I am in agreement with your prayer. I often talk to God about my weaknesses and ask him to make me stronger. Even though we know our loved ones are safe in the arms of our Father above, we still grieve their absence. Prayers and hugs for your today.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 20, 2016:
Amen to the prayer. I like the McGill quote as well. The verse beginning "Bless my restless mind" expresses my thoughts exactly. Amen, again!
Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on June 19, 2016:
In light of the anger and cruelty that so plagues the world in these difficult times, this poem illuminates that which I think God had in mind for the human spirit. If only more could understand and embrace these loving thoughts and humility. Beautifully, written, Audrey. :-)
Dr Pran Rangan from Kanpur (UP), India on June 19, 2016:
A beautiful poem. It touched my heart.
Thanks for sharing.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 17, 2016:
Such a beautiful poem and prayer--It is heartfelt!
I do believe in the power of prayers. Thank you.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 17, 2016:
If only every person would believe and pray for God's will in their life. I know you miss your son, but isn't it wonderful knowing that he is safe with God and you will see him again? Your prayer touched me in a beautiful way. Thank you Audrey...
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 16, 2016:
Thank you my friend for leaving this very valuable comment. Prayer keeps me anchored and focusing on something much more important than the sad state our nation is in.
Sending love and goodness to you.
Thank you for taking time to read and comment. I appreciate your words and prayers.
Hello dear Audrey. How my heart lights up when I see your name on my hubs. Thanks for being here and for your kind comments.
Thank you for your lovely comments. So great to see you.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 16, 2016:
Yes...very trying times. I realize how good and innocent the old days were. Now, if you will excuse me...I have a book to write. :)
Thank you for reading my prayer...it came from my heart. I appreciate your comments very much.
Peace and joy to you dear friend.
Al Wordlaw from Chicago on June 16, 2016:
This was a wonderful prayer Audrey. I'm always moved by a sincere prayer. Your prayer touched me so deeply that I want to read more of your articles. God bless you! :-)
manatita44 from london on June 16, 2016:
Audrey, Once again you have my condolences ...my commiserations. About your poem, it is one of the most beautiful, insightful and loving prayers that I have seen on HP. I commend your heart of beauty and indomitable Faith.
Last night I wrote to you on e-mail. I also held you in my thoughts at my Centre of worship. In my two poems to you of some two and a half years ago, I mentioned Todd in Heaven. Lovingly, of course, and I still remember. Is it him?
Your poem is so beautiful! Of course the message of your sadness is also there, and I repeat that I'm sending you some garlands from my Heart. God is the Author of all Garlands, of course; indeed our infinite Source of Love and I dare say that I highly appreciate your looking in this direction. Again, I wish you more inner strength and deepest Fortitude.
In our Beloved's Heart of Beauty, Peace and Love.-Manatita
Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on June 16, 2016:
Beautiful, not over-emotional, but definitely universal. I couldn't answer the question as to whether I believe in prayer or not, because I am not sure. I do, however, pray every day. I try to communicate with God and I think he is there for me and with me.
But regardless of all that, this is just me saying to you that I love what you have written.
And for what it's worth, bless you.
Nell Rose from England on June 16, 2016:
Beautiful prayer and poem, and I teared up at the words about your son, I am so sorry again, said it lots of times over the years, but still I remember him or what you told us about him, xx
Reynold Jay from Saginaw, Michigan on June 16, 2016:
You made me happy with your prayer. Thank you for this.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 16, 2016:
What a nice prayer to join with you in. It makes me happy to read and offer up such a prayer. Thank you
Audrey Howitt from California on June 15, 2016:
Beautiful write Audrey!
junko on June 15, 2016:
Death is so final far as communication goes but I heard you say " Thor art within me I listen and I hear I understand not the mystery of life." That told me you are spiritual and look in not up for Your God. God is a spirit in you and you know that spirit has been good to and for you as you navigated your life. The spirit of your love one is not dead and can't die unless you forget. You knew and communicated with your love one's spirit and knew his spirit better then the Holy Spirit. You touch and held a body and spirit, the body is gone but rejoice in his spirit. You are blessed to miss someone, I feel your pain not all but some. I will pray for your peace of mind now.
Dianna Mendez on June 15, 2016:
This is a model prayer for the times we live in today. Prayer does change things and we should be relentless in our daily approach to heaven's throne on behalf of others.
FlourishAnyway from USA on June 15, 2016:
I agree with Bill. With all that is going on in the world it is nice to read about the search for hope and goodness.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 15, 2016:
I hope your prayer is answered. These are trying times we live in.