Prayer: A Way of Being

BY REV. DORAL PULLEY, Today’s Church Tampa Bay

And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, who touched my clothes?” (Mark 5:30)

Without you telling them, people can tell when you are a person who prays consciously and consistently. There is a positive energy that people feel exuding from you. They intuitively know that there is something special about you. Some people may describe it as a light in your eyes, a shine on your face, or a halo above your head.

That is how people felt about Jesus, our Perfect Pattern. The woman who had an issue of blood realized that making a connection with Jesus would make a difference in her life (Mark 5:25-34). Although she exhausted her financial resources in seeking medical attention, hearing about Jesus gave her hope for healing. She did not feel that prayer from Jesus or conversation with him was necessary for her to be whole. She was clear that all she needed to do was be in his presence close enough to touch his clothes, and her faith in Jesus being Jesus was enough to heal her.

Peter, a disciple of Jesus Christ, manifested this same aura. “They brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them (Acts 5:15).” Like Jesus, Peter did not need to see anything, think anything, say anything or do anything to heal the people. Peter being Peter, was enough. You being you is enough. You being your authentic self is more than enough.

Through prayer, cut any fake identity so that you see yourself as God’s beloved offspring. Strip any faulty perception until you see yourself made in the image and likeness of God. Bend any erroneous idea of yourself to the truth that you are a spiritual being living in a spiritual universe that is governed by the spiritual law of love.

Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Today’s Church Tampa Bay, 940 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg (Staybridge Suites) and 5107 North Central Ave., Tampa.

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