The Power of Prayer When You Have Cancer
I’ve never particularly religious person, but I have always believed in prayer. As a small child, I used to pray that I wouldn’t have bad dreams, because they scared me.
As I’ve grown older, I’ve turned to prayer more frequently and especially when I was going through breast cancer.
How Prayer Assisted Me
I had an interesting thing happen to me in the early stages of diagnosis and surgery. I was contemplating going into the hospital for my lumpectomy surgery and, never having been in the hospital for anything other than childbirth, I was pretty nervous about it. I decided it might be a good idea to ask my friends to pray for me in the hour prior to the scheduled surgery. I sent out an email to friends across the world, knowing that they would want to help however they could.
On the morning of my surgery, as my husband and my best friend kept me company in the hospital room to which I’d been assigned, I was calm and grounded, I did some yoga while I waited, and then I almost felt uplifted, surrounded by love. It was really quite amazing and still brings tears to my eyes as I remember it. I looked at the clock and realized it was the time I’d asked my friends to pray for me. My surgery went smoothly and I healed quickly.
If you are going through cancer, please know that you have this wonderful resource available to you and your friends, regardless of their religious feelings, will most likely be glad to help you this way. Don’t be shy to ask them for their prayers.
A Beautiful Quote
When I was going through breast cancer, I did a lot of soul searching and one of the books that really helped me was Iyanla Vanzant’s “One Day My Soul Just Opened Up”. It’s a beautifully written book, she is so wise, and she had this to say about prayer:
“The language of prayer, whether it is done in supplication (asking for something) or affirmation (declaring that something is already done) helps to bring the mental, physical and emotional bodies into alignment. These bodies, commonly referred to as mind, body and spirit, ignite the energy of the Divine when they are in alignment… This energy is within us… What we pray for, we already have, but in most cases we are not aware of it… When we pray, we are asking for the intervention of Spirit on our behalf or on behalf of someone else. Spiritual intervention is always a divine win-win situation that will unfold in a divine manner according to divine will.”
I certainly believe this to be true. One interesting thing I’ve learned about prayer is that you sometimes need to give up any preconceived notions about how you think things ought to pan out and just be open to what does occur. Let go of the process and just know that the infinite wisdom of the Divine will manifest and the power of miracles will unfold a perfect solution and healing for everyone involved.
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