Today is Unity’s 29th annual World Day of Prayer. You can participate by going to https://www.unity.org/article/unity-world-day-prayer-2022 or by simply taking a moment to get centered and join with our Unity family all around the world as we affirm the power of prayer with today’s Daily Word –
I hold the high watch as I pray.
As we align our thoughts and feelings with spiritual truth…and give thanks that as we touch the peace and perfection of God, the oneness we feel not only lifts our consciousness, but through us, raises the vibration of health, love, and life for everyone and for our entire planet.
The following Reflection Questions, shared on the Unity World Day of Prayer webpage, can help us take our prayer practice a little deeper:
How can I elevate my mind?
When I feel overloaded with my human circumstances, when the world presses in from all sides, how do I shift into prayer? What spiritual tools do I employ to calm human concerns, harness the power of mind, and open my heart?
“We have no independent mind; there is only universal Mind; but we have consciousness in that mind and we have control over that consciousness. We have control over our own thoughts, and our thoughts make up our consciousness.” —Charles Fillmore, Keep a True Lent
What does it mean to hold the high watch?
Holding the high watch is our ability to slip into the state of silence, beyond thoughts, upholding the truth for those with whom we pray. How do I transition from conscious thought to spiritual silence? How do I proceed when becoming aware of intrusive thoughts?
“True prayer brings about an exalted radiation of energy, and when it is accompanied by faith, judgment, and love, the word of Truth bursts forth in a stream of light that, when held in mind, illumines, uplifts, and glorifies.” —Charles Fillmore, Atom-Smashing Power of Mind
How does my prayer make a difference?
With my participation in World Day of Prayer, I become part of a global consciousness for individual as well as collective prayer intentions. What inner spiritual capacities can I recognize, claim, and hold as my contribution? How might I foster peace of mind in support of peace in the world?
“The way to heal the nations is to start in our own consciousness. Let us get in touch with the great spiritual reservoir of love and harmony within us. Then let our harmonious radiance brighten our own homes, let it radiate to our government, and then to the whole world. Peace begins in the center of our own harmonious consciousness.” —May Rowland, Dare to Believe!
Let us both hold and send out our prayers for forgiveness, understanding, wisdom, compassion, healing and peace for our own lives, our community, our nation, our world – and our planet on this World Day of Prayer – and everyday.