“The Power of Prayer”
Guest Writer: R. L. Norman
- I pray that the doctors find out what illness my friend has, and cures him.
- I pray that my cousin graduates high school, continues on to college, and stops hanging with the wrong crowd–before he ends up in jail.
- I pray that my fifth novel, “Honey Hush, Don’t Ask and I Won’t Tell” (the next installment of my “Honey Let Me Tell You” book series), finally is released because it’s a year overdue.
- I pray that my most impoverished relative and friend both be bestowed with many blessings in 2016.
You see, this list has been in a sealed envelope in my bible since January 1, 2016.
So, on New Year’s Day 2017, I sat in a comfortable chair in my den. It’s that place in my home where I can relax and be at one with my thoughts. It’s where I can think about the past, present and future. It’s that one area where I feel a sense of inner peace, and feel closer to God.
It’s my inner sanctum.
My understated, cozy den has a large shelf that spans the length of one wall, and is filled with all types of books–including my series of novels. As the shadows from the fireplace illuminated the room and emanated a sense of calm, I reminisced about the past year.
I thought about all the things that I had hoped to accomplish: acquiring a new job and home, earning more money, writing another book–just so many things that I wanted to do.
Every year we have hopes, dreams and goals for what we want to do in the coming year. We ponder those things that will make our lives better. Every year we make resolutions.
And then at the end of the year, we sit around and think about what we have actually accomplished, and ruminated about the things we want to do in the next year.
We think about getting a new job. Losing or gaining weight. Changing our lifestyle, or entering into a relationship.
We think about what we hope and wish for, and then we set out to accomplish those goals.
But what do most of us end up doing?
For the first month or so, we do the best we can to meet our goals. We think about it, put our efforts into it–and strive to achieve it. We instill the thought of achievement in our minds and go for it.
We try doing this practically every day until slowly but surely, the thrill is gone. The urge of achieving our goals eventually subsides. Then we forget about it until the next year, when the cycle of making and keeping New Year’s resolutions starts all over again.
For example, a friend of mine wanted to get into a new relationship so he went on date after date after date. But that didn’t last long. I suppose that he tired of the “calls answering for the booty.”
Another friend wanted to lose weight, so every morning he went to the gym and worked out. That lasted for a little over a month. Then he went back to sitting in front of his TV. I guess he missed the feel of his butt print on his comfortable couch! (LOL.)
And then, there’s me. One of the things I wanted to do in the New Year was to try to eat right, and become a vegetarian. But because I missed eating meat, that lasted about two days! (Hmmmmm…LOL!)
But keep in mind that with all our efforts, if we don’t succeed in meeting our goals, we are not failures. Our intentions are good.
And for a while, I was one of those people. But for the last several years, I’ve changed my ways.
Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I make a prayer wish list to my God.
I compose a list of ten things that I want to happen in the coming year. Five things are for me, and five are for family and friends. Then I seal the envelope, get on my knees and say a prayer to God for these blessings to come true. Then I put it in my bible and leave it there until the next New Year’s Day.
And on that day, I sit in my comfortable chair, open that envelope, and read the list to see which wishes have been answered.
Keep in mind that I don’t do this as a test of God’s ability to answer my prayers; instead, it’s an alternative to making resolutions. Simply, it’s my special prayer list to my God. The power of prayer is wonderful because:
- The doctors did find out that my friend has curable cancer. His health is improving by leaps and bounds.
- My cousin did graduate high school. Currently, he’s enrolled in Tuskegee University,with an internship job in electrical engineering.
- My fifth book was published, and is doing quite well in sales.
- And the biggest miracle was that a friend who’d lost pretty much everything:his money, job and possessions due to identity fraud, is now in a new home and a great job.
You see, I approach the New Year with encouragement and faith in
myself, others–and especially God.
The lesson? To live day-by-day doing the best we can to be the best we can be.
And the power of prayer does work! Prayer is a wonderful thing, but only if we have the faith to believe that we will achieve and succeed.
R. L. Norman is a writer, performer and author of the popular series of novels entitled, “Honey Let Me Tell You.” The fourth and latest installment is “Love Is Complicated.” The sequel will be available soon. As well, he performs“Norman’s One Night Stand,” a one-man show he conceived and wrote, showcasing the main character of his series. R. L. also is writing a play based on “Honey Let Me Tell You.” All of these endeavors are part of the production company he’s forming. You may reach R. L. at his on line home, www.rlnorman1.wix.com/honeyletmetellyou; by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org; on Facebook at RL NORMAN; on Twitter, @rl_norman; and on Instagram:rlnorman1.