A Different Way to Pray

Do you ever feel as if you pray for the things you want or need and feel as if your prayers never get answered?

I used to feel that way and I know a lot of people do. I bring this up because I had an interesting conversation with a young girl while checking out at a local department store.

I’m not sure how we got on the conversation, but she told me she had put in a request for a job that would move her to a bigger city.  It would also move her up the ladder within her present company.  This was something she REALLY wanted.

We chatted a few moments more and then I suggested that she see herself working in her new job, to FEEL it as if it was so, and to give thanks for it.

“That’s exactly what I’m doing,” she said. “You know, I used to pray and pray for things and life was always hard,” she continued. “Then one day I decided to pray differently. I decided to give thanks for what I was asking for. All of the sudden life got so much easier! I’m pretty sure I’m going to get this job.”

Gratitude is the key to opening up to receive.


When you sit in gratitude, you sit in faith. You send a message out to the universe that says, “I know I am worthy. And I am sitting in gratitude, knowing that I will be supported and loved.”

Most people pray and say things like, “God, if you’ll let me…” or “God, if you think it’s right…” We don’t allow ourselves to receive because we are awaiting a response from God that says it’s okay to receive. But we are the ones who hold the key to our abundance.

Whether you’re wanting a better job, to feel better about yourself, wanting guidance or wanting a better relationship with someone you love, if you feel this at a deep level and it’s coming from your heart, you’re being shown where to go. This is God guiding you. Instead of limiting God and shutting down to the guidance, give thanks and see yourself having what you want in your life. Feel it throughout your body as if you’ve already received it.

When you sit in gratitude for the things your heart desires, knowing this is where you’re being guided, you create an opening to receive them!

In my book, The Enlightened Mom, I tell a story from many years ago when I was praying about money. I sat in prayer and shared all of my thoughts and fears with God. Then I went into gratitude for guidance and for helping me heal. Immediately I got an answer. It said, “Terri, I didn’t put you on this planet to suffer. I put you on this planet to prosper.”

Whoaaaa!!!!! I was so blown away by that. That message was the kick in the rump I needed– to see that I was the one indeed who limited my financial abundance. Not God. I got the answer by sharing my fears, but then I sat in gratitude that healing had already occurred. And, boy, did it! That message changed my life!

So how are you limiting God? Are you sitting in gratitude for the things in your heart? Where is your heart guiding you?

I invite you to check in with yourself and see where you are being guided. Sit in prayer and meditation. See yourself in the picture you want to create and give thanks. Feel everything. Give thanks to God for lifting your limiting beliefs. And THEN stay open. You might be surprised at what you receive when you give yourself permission to pray differently! Please share your thoughts, feelings and questions in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!


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