The prayer “Breathing in God’s stillness” has helped me in many life situations and I would like to share the most recent one with you:I don’t use my checkbook often but occasionally I do need to write a check, so I keep it in my purse just in case. Last Monday, I needed to pay my yoga teacher for the next five weeks of yoga and I realized that it wasn’t there. I didn't panic because I was pretty sure I had left it at home. However, I couldn’t find it that night and it remained missing over the course of the next few days. I still didn’t panic because no money had been taken out of my account. When I went to the bank to get some new checks, I learned that it would cost $30 to cancel the old ones. The bank employee advised me to look a few more days before doing the cancellation.I was still confident they were not stolen, so I decided to follow his advice. I tried to think systematically where I could have put them and realized that I hadn’t seen them since my trip to Germany two weeks before. So I went into the storage area and made sure I hadn't left it in my suitcase. Then I looked in all the places I had looked before... I even turned the paper recycling upside down to make sure it hadn’t fallen into the recycling bin. Now I started to panic! And then I realized that I hadn’t done the one thing yet: Pray!I sat down and breathed in God’s stillness for a few minutes, becoming aware of the presence of God with me at all times. And then I said, “God, you know where my checkbook is; please guide me to it.” (Actually, I was not as polite as I make myself look now. I was annoyed at that time and fearful and demanded: God, guide me to the checkbook right now!)
Immediately I knew where it was without thinking about it!!!I had taken the checkbook out of my purse in Germany because I didn't need the checks. To keep it safe, I had put it into the side pocket of the computer bag I wasn’t carrying with me regularly.I’m still amazed when prayer is answered this way. Here is why I found it so easily: I didn't rely on my thoughts of where it could be! I asked for guidance and help!My thoughts had taken me to all the places I “thought” the checkbook could be but my thoughts (my will) are not always connected with the knowledge of the Universe. I had to come to the point of asking for God’s help (Thy Will) and that made it possible for me to get out of the way and let God guide me to it. The Breath Prayer "Be Still" helped me to calm down enough to listen to the knowledge within me.How does it work? I am not exactly sure but I know that if I pray and meditate in my life and am aware of God's presence within me, I don't have to know. It just works!Why does it take many of us so long to connect with the power of prayer? Why is it the last thing so many of us think about?