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Biblical Verses to commit to memory:

Matthew 21:22
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Mark 11:24
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Matthew 17:20
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Matthew 21:21
Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

James 5:15
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Deuteronomy 32:20
And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

2 Chronicles 19:9
And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.

Psalm 31:23
O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.

Proverbs 13:17
A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

Proverbs 28:20
A faithful man shall abound with blessings:

Matthew 6:30
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Matthew 9:2
And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

Matthew 9:22
But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Matthew 9:29
Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

Matthew 14:31
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Matthew 15:28
Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Matthew 16:8
Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?

Matthew 24:45
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

Matthew 25:23
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Mark 4:40
And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

Mark 5:34
And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Mark 10:52
And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Luke 7:50
And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

Luke 8:25
And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

Luke 8:48
And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

Luke 12:28
If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Luke 12:42
And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?

Luke 16:11
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

Luke 17:6
And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

Luke 17:19
And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Luke 18:42
And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.

Luke 19:17
And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

Romans 1:17
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Matthew 5:44
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Matthew 6:6
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:7
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Matthew 9:38
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Mark 6:46
And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.

Luke 5:16
And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

Luke 6:12
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Luke 9:28
And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.

Acts 1:14
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

Romans 1:9
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

Romans 8:26
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Romans 15:30
Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;

1 Corinthians 14:15
What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

2 Corithians 1:11
Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

Phillipians 1:4
Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

Phillipians 1:9
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

Colossians 1:9
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Colossians 4:2
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

1 Thessalonians 3:10
Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing.

2 Thessalonians 1:11
Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

1 Timothy 2:1
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

1 Timothy 2:8
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Philemon 1:4
I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,

Hebrews 13:18
Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it is time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen:
Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.

--Edward Teller

Faith is not believing that God can do something. It is Knowing that he will do it.

The Power of Spiritual Affirmations

The subject of "faith" is one of the most common subjects mentioned by Jesus in the Bible. He particularly mentions "faith" in connection with prayer. From all of the above verses, it is obvious that Jesus taught that for prayer to work, it must be accompanied by "faith". But what is "faith"?

Faith is knowing what is going to happen before it happens. It is knowing that God has granted your heartfelt, unselfish prayer, before you even pray it. So how can we "know" this? The answer is that we must understand what "faith" really is.

The bible says that "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him". Hebrews 11:6. Jesus taught us that each of us have the ability to know the truth and that our faith should be faith in God. We must:

A. Have faith in God’s omnipotence, knowing that God is all powerful;
B. Have faith in God’s omnipresence, knowing that God is always present;
C. Have faith in God’s omniscience, being aware that God is all knowing.

Jesus also taught us that we must have faith in God's word. This means that we must have faith in God's spoken word, his prophesy, wisdom and knowledge. God created the world by his spoken word. The spoken word is a creative word. So when Jesus said, "Therefore I say unto you, What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them", he meant exactly that!

This scriptural passage begins to make sense if you substitute the word "Know" for the word "believe." Thus, the scripture would read [t]herefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, know that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

If we know that God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, and that God's word is always true, then we can know that our ernest, unselfish prayers not only will be granted, but have been granted, even before we ask them. Jesus said "As ye believe, so shall you recieve". This is what he meant.

William Arthur Ward once said that “Faith is knowing there is an ocean because you have seen a brook.” Hebrews simply says, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" (11:1).Faith declares, 'God is able!' God is faithful to His promise, and He will do it (1 Thess 5:24). Faith counts on God. 'With God nothing shall be impossible' (Luke 1:37).

So what do affirmations have to do with prayer? The answer is really simple. There are varying degrees of "faith" and "beliefs". The strongest belief is when we know that the object of the belief will occur. Affirmations, which consist of repetitative thinking or chanting of positive phrases, can reinforce beliefs and make them stronger. They can, through repetition, change the underlying thinking that is keeping you depressed, worried, angry, addicted or hopeless. They can change a belief into a knowing.

Affirmations can teach you to change destructive thinking you are not even aware of into positive beliefs. In the garden of our minds, "weeds" or negative thoughts, can choke out the positive mental attiudes that God intends for us to have. These type of "weeds" are destructive, unhealthy thoughts, beliefs, and interpretations left over from years of automatic thinking. Affirmations can replace this cycle of negativity with the beauty of Godly abundance.

Affirmations are a very powerful and quick way to reprogram your mind. They are strong, positive and believable statements about you. To be sucessful in your prayer life, you must change "beliefs" into "knowing". Because this new landscape is unknown to you, visualizing it ahead of time will be unfamiliar. Therefore, these statements about the subject of the area of desired change will lay down the fertile soil necessary for the positive beliefs to take root and arise to the point that they are no longer merely "beliefs", but they become things that we know to be true.

Positive Affirmations

Positive Affirmations help program our mind to accept what we, as Christians should already know: that God answers prayers. This page explains how and why positive affirmations can be used to instill the knowledge within you that God will provide for all of your needs and bring positive and permanent change to your life. You will also learn how to create and supercharge your own affirmations because, as stated above, the key to effective power is knowing with all of your heart, mind and soul, that God will grant that prayer.

What are Affirmations?

Every thought you think every word you say is a part of our self-talk or inner dialogue, which is a stream of affirmations. Some of it we are aware of and some of it, we are not.We are continually affirming subconsciously with our words and thoughts and this flow of beliefs and affirmations is creating our life experience in every moment.

Beliefs are just learned thought patterns that we have developed since childhood, many of these work well for us, but others may now be working against us. Some are dysfunctional and may be sabotaging us from achieving what we pray for. Every affirmation we think or say is a reflection of our inner truth or beliefs. It is important to realize that some of these "inner truths" may not actually be true. They may be based on invalid or inappropriate impressions we constructed as children, which if examined as an adult can be exposed as inappropriate. For example, fear of the darkness or of insects.

Our subconscious mind uses the behaviour patterns we have learned to automatically respond and react to many everyday events in our life. Some of these events may cause us to fear, for one reason or another, and that fear may not be based upon any real reason. It is essential that we be able to respond quickly to events around us which would be impossible if we had to re-examine every aspect of things every time something simple happens.

Our learned responses and thought patterns enable us to automatically respond to circumstances quickly and easily. Problems arise however, if at an early stage some of the foundation beliefs on which many of the others are built were formed from a skewed perspective, maybe the strategy was appropriate for a perceived difficult circumstance, however often such beliefs are totally inappropriate for succeeding in the real world as adults. One example is if were taught as a youngster that we were unworthy somehow of God answering our prayers. Of course, God hears all prayers, but we may hold a deep unconsious belief that he does not.

You can use "Positive Affirmations", which are usually short positive statements targeted at these specific subconscious beliefs, to challenge and undermine negative beliefs and to replace them with positive, spiritual and self-nurturing beliefs. It is a kind of "brainwashing" only you get to choose which negative beliefs to wash away.

It is important to remember of course that everything we say and think is a positive or a negative affirmation. Using positive affirmation statements forces us to keep focussed on our inner goals and reminds us to think consciously about our words and thoughts in order to modify them to reflect our positive affirmation.

 Do affirmations work

YES! Affirmations really work. You will be hard pushed to find any self help program anywhere that does not include affirmations, even the ones that appear to pooh-pooh affirmations include them under some slightly different guise. And the reason for this is, they work. The more determined you are to make your changes, the more you are prepared to accept change and let go of the past, the better they will work for you.

Why affirmations work

By choosing to think and say positive affirmations as true, the subconscious is forced into one of two reactions - avoidance or reappraisal. The bigger the issue the bigger the gap between the positive affirmation and the perceived inner truth and the more likely that one is going to experience resistance. Once the affirmation is firmly set into your mind, you can a belief into a knowing.

The subconscious mind finds it easier to stay with its perceived inner truth and avoid the challenge using any means at its disposal to avoid examining the issue. You will recognise this reaction by a strong negative feeling inside as you state the positive affirmations. Equally if you experience a sense of joy and well being, your mind is instinctively responding to something it believes to be true. When you get this emotion, you know your affirmations are working! The experience of God is always joy.

Continually repeating affirmations with conviction and passion will chip away at even the strongest resistance and allow God to enter into the equation and work his magic. However there are a number of additional techniques you can use that will enhance your affirmations and magnify their effectiveness many fold.

Once the resistance is broken, your subconscious is able to re-examine the core belief and patterns you have been working on. The effect can be startling and things can change very quickly as the dysfunctional beliefs get identified and replaced by your own new inner truth. Depending on how deep into your consciousness these beliefs lay, every other learned pattern and belief that relied on the original belief as a premise, becomes unfounded.And this opens the mind to "knowing" not only that God can answer prayers, but that God "will" answer your prayers.

The subconscious has to re-examine all of this false programming and this can lead to a period of introspection. If you find yourself experiencing serious resistance or have identified an area of trauma in your life, I strongly urge that you pray about it and seek professional spiritual counseling and medical treatment. The journey you are embarking on will release you from the past, but having proper support around you as you go through the process will make it so much easier.

Because affirmations actually reprogram your thought patterns, they change the way you think and feel about things, and because you have replaced dysfunctional beliefs with your own new positive beliefs, positive change through God comes easily and naturally. This will start to reflect in your external life, you will start to experience seismic changes for the better in many aspects of your life.

How quickly do affirmations work

From day one, there will be affirmations you love and enjoy saying, these affirmations are likely to be very effective for you and you are likely to start experience changes almost immediately. Others will feel very negative, almost like a big lie, this indicates resistance and these areas may take longer to impact. How quickly you can resolve an issue like this is like asking how long is a piece of string. It depends on the issue, how deeply the belief is held and how determined you are to bring about change in that area of your life, the latter being perhaps the most important of all.

If you are truly ready and want to make changes, the quicker those changes will come for you. People have made conscoius changes in their beliefs almost instantaneously, once you are prepared to embrace and accept a change and you believe it to be right for you from your very heart, then that change will happen. So it is not really a question of time. It is more a question of how accepting of the change you can be.

However, you should be under no illusion that by embarking on this process you are starting a journey for your lifetime. As you see and experience the techniques working for yourself will be driven to explore your inner-self further and other techniques. As you make your changes in one aspect of your life, other issues will pop up that you may want to deal with. The joy is, you would now have the knowledge and skill to deal with these issues effectively.

Will Affirmations help me?

Yes. No matter what aspect of life you're dealing with or who you are, affirmations will not only make you feel better about yourself and your life. But if used correctly, they can manifest real change in your life. Changing the way you think, reprogramming your mind and removing the old negative beliefs that have been sabotaging you again and again throughout your life. They can enable you to achieve the life you've always wanted for yourself by removing the interference that prevents God from being in control of your life.

Why doesn't everyone use Affirmations?

They do! It has been demonstrated that nearly 90% of our thoughts are negative, no wonder we find ourselves struggling. Each negative thought or word is a "negative" affirmation and these nasty little beasts can be even more powerful than positive affirmations because we often find them easier to accept. It is these negative thoughts that feed and validate our negative internal beliefs. Under this kind of negative bombardment most people simply do not have the strength to break free of their negative thoughts and become hopelessly locked into their own (usually false) negative beliefs. This creates a gate in your mind where the influence of God is not allowed to pass, since God always gives you the right of free choice.

Positive affirmations are designed to challenge those negative beliefs and start to stem the flow of negative thoughts and words that seek to validate them. Affirmations are more than just repeating words. It is a whole process of becoming aware of your thoughts and words in everyday life, choosing to think and project happy positive thoughts. The more you can consciously inject the spirit of you affirmations into your daily thoughts and words, the quicker they will work for you.

How to create your own affirmations

Start by taking some time to think about areas in your life you would like to improve and how you might want your life to be. Pray about those areas because often, God will reveal them to you. It is worth taking some time over this process. Write the most important ones down in a list.

Now look at each item on the list and write out a few positive statements for each. They must be positive and in the present tense, focus on what you do want, not on what you don't want.

For example if my list of things that were important to me included...

"A fulfilling job"

My affirmation might look like this

Through God, I have a wonderful job that fulfils me on many levels

Creating your own affirmations is the perfect way to get the right affirmations for you. If have included a few further samples below, as well as links to some affirmation lists (above). These should give you a good idea on how they should look and feel.

. Here is an example of a very simple releasing affirmation.

"I am ready and willing to release the past, now and allow God to act in my life."

Supercharging Affirmations

As I have said earlier, there are other techniques you can use that can super-charge the effectiveness of your affirmations. I will outline a few here briefly.

Affirmation Mirror work

Perhaps the most powerful way of using affirmations is to state them while you are looking in a mirror. Some of the most important messages you have received have been from people looking you straight in the eye. By looking yourself in the eye as you state your affirmation you magnify the importance of the message to yourself.

Written Affirmations

A great way of keeping your affirmation at the forefront of your mind is to write them down, leave notes or cards around so that you notice them throughout the day. Another idea is to write your affirmation down many times (10-20), this helps imprint it on your mind.

Say Affirmations with Passion

Say your affirmations with passion, the higher your emotional state as you say them, the more effective they are.

Sing Affirmations

One of the most effective ways to use affirmations is to sing them! The mind is much more accepting of affirmation messages when they are sung.

Example Affirmations

Affirmations for Health

Every Cell in my body vibrates with energy and health from God.
God has forgiven me and loves me. Therefore, I also Love myself. This Godly love heals my life. God nourishes my mind, body and soul.

Affirmations for Abundance

I prosper wherever I turn to God for abundance and I know that I deserve prosperity
of all kinds. The more grateful to God that I am, the more reasons I find to be grateful
I pay my bills with love as I know abundance flows freely through me.

Affirmations for Love

God has forgiven me of all my transgressions. I know that I deserve Love and accept it now. I give out Love and it is returned to me multiplied. I rejoice in the Love I encounter everyday

Affirmations for Romance

God has given me a wonderful partner and we are both happy and at peace. I      I release any desperation and allow God's love to find me. I attract only healthy relationships to me.

Affirmations for Weight Loss

I am the perfect weight for me. I choose to make positive healthy choices for myself.
I choose to exercise regularly

Affirmations for Self Esteem

God believes in me. When I believe in myself, so do others. I express my needs and feelings. I am my own unique self, created by God to be special, creative and wonderful.

Affirmations for Peace and Harmony

All my relationships are loving and harmonious. I am at peace I trust in the process of life. Affirmations for Joy and Happiness.

God brings joy to my life and my Life is a joy filled with delightful surprises. Because of this, my life is a joy filled with love, fun and friendship. All I need do is stop all criticism, forgive, relax and be open. I choose love, joy and freedom, open my heart and allow God to bring wonderful things to flow into my life.