Prosperity Prayer Week 6: Gratitude

August 7, 2011

Today is week six of our 8-week exploration of Lynn Robinson’s Prosperity Prayer. I encourage you to say this prayer out loud, daily, for as long as it takes to truly internalize it. Use these posts as a way to create powerful visualizations of this inspired prayer.

Dear God —

I surrender my financial affairs and concerns about money to your Divine care and love.

I ask that you remove my worries, anxieties and fears about money, and replace them with faith.

I know and trust that my debts will be paid and money will flow into my life.

I have only to look to nature to see proof of the abundance you provide.

I release all negative thoughts about money, and know that prosperity is my true state.

I commit to being grateful for all that I now have in my life.

This week is fun and easy. Let this week be a game, be completely positive. See how far you can take yourself in your commitment to gratitude.

You have come so far, releasing many things and taking in new attitudes of faith and prosperity. Now you get to feel your gratitude for many things.

I commit…”

Woah! Hold up there! You actually want me to commit to this?

Yes. To commit to something means to pledge yourself to a position. The word root is interesting. The prefix “com” means “together” or “in association with.” “Mit” comes from the Latin verb mittere, which means “to give over.” So by committing, you are binding yourself to this position. This is not haphazard or a passing fancy. You are making a true commitment to what you are about to say.

“…to being grateful…”

The word “grateful” is well understood. It means to be warmly or deeply appreciative.

“…to all that I now have in my life.

There are two important words in this sentence. You are committing to being grateful for all that you now have in your life. That means everything. And the next word that you should not leave out is now. This is not about the past or the future, this is about now.

One of the best ways to develop a “gratitude attitude” is to keep a gratitude journal. Get a very small notebook that fits in your pocket or your purse, that you carry with you everywhere.

And now just start listing things. Start with the easy things first, but do not feel that you need to stop there. Because you are committing to being grateful for all that you now have in your life.

Make sure that you add to the list each day. Go back and read the easy things, letting yourself bask in the glow of how it feels to be deeply and warmly appreciative of them.

Some of you may feel that this gratitude attitude is a trick designed to make you feel wealthy without your financial position ever changing. But that is absolutely not what you want for yourself, nor is it something that I advocate. This is not a “feel good” approach at all.

Remember that in the third stanza of the Prayer, you state that you know and trust that money will flow into your life. Money will not go where it is not appreciated. Money wants to flow to you when you are in a state of gratitude.

But the most important thing about this gratitude attitude is that it will feel truly wonderful. It will help you shift into a perspective that is pure joy.

Take a 5-minute gratitude break at least once a day this week, and more often if you can. Sit and stand in one place, and then as you look around, stop at each thing you see, and say, “I am grateful for this (name of the object).” Don’t skip anything. Don’t try to focus in one particular place or another. Just let yourself see what you see.

Do not try to censor your thoughts, or tell yourself that you certainly are NOT grateful for a particular thing or person. Maybe you will have a hard time when your eyes pass over your boss or the window that does not have the view that you think it should or the walls around you that have no window at all. But don’t stop. Just say, “I am grateful for my boss. I am grateful for this window.” Because you do not know what gift lies in this thing or this person being in your life. This inclusion of all that is in your life is a part of true surrender.

Be grateful for exactly what is in your life, right now, every part of it. You are committing to that, as part of your process of giving Money a place it will be loved and enjoyed.

May your day be filled with blessings as you and Money discover each other anew.

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Mark Malatesta August 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Hi Marilyn, How could I NOT take a moment to stop (after reading this post) and say THANK YOU… express my GRATITUDE for YOU… let you know that I am warmly and deeply appreciative for YOU… and the fact that you took time to write and share this message. I’m going to sign up for your list now… don’t think I’m getting your emails. Thanks for this reminder to stop and smell the money. Or is it flowers? Or… everything that life has to offer… including social interaction? I know I’ve been somewhat antisocial lately but I have been 2 days in a row on FB now… maybe the beginning of a long-term commitment to relationships other than the one I have with my laptop. Hmm. Have a great day and please keep posting this thoughtful content. I’ll be watching… :)

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Marilyn December 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Mark – I thought I’d answered your wonderful comment and realize now that I have not thanked you! I hope these past months have helped you find wonderful riches – both those right in front of you and those yet to be discovered!

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