Last week, I wrote about how my favorite author, Napoleon Hill, would read his Bible, pray and sit quietly with a notepad to hear what the Holy Spirit was saying to him, his morning routine. Hill further shared how his study and meditation time was the most important time of his day; it got him on the path to success. Those positive thoughts gave direction to his day. Unlike many of us, he listened to his thoughts which were coming from a Higher Power.
Hill cited this short prayer daily: “O Divine Providence, I ask not for more riches but more wisdom with which to make wiser use of the riches you gave me at birth, consisting in the power to control and direct my own mind to whatever ends I might desire.” – Napoleon Hill
What if you and I tried this practice? I know most of you are being responsible; you take time to read and study the Word daily, rarely missing the opportunity. But for those readers who are not beginning your day with at least an hour or more reading the word, praying and meditating, here is a challenge to you. Begin today!
Set aside an hour, dedicated to reading scriptures, meditating on what you’ve read; and praying. Quiet your mind, and meditate and hear from the Holy Spirit, in faith. See, feel and believe yourself already in possession of whatever it is you have asked, and I’m not referring only to money.
Whether that is for a healed, cured body from cancer of any type, from Type 2 diabetes, see yourself healed from that depressed feeling; you’re healed from that addiction, whether it is to cigarettes, alcohol or drugs. You can see yourself free from it, and it can and will happen as your faith continues to grow. One day, like a puff of smoke, that thing, that illness, that problem will be gone forever!
Afterward, for the rest of the day, be a doer of the scriptures of which you studied and reflected upon early in the morning. Here is what scripture has to say on this subject. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” – James 1:22.
And all day, walk by faith and not by sight. “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Why get into this new routine? This would be an excellent time to do a new thing. How many of you have heard the definition of insanity? It is doing the same thing and expecting new results. Consider this your new thing, and if this saying is true, you are sure to get different results.
This summer, I did something different, and it is definitely true. My new results were immediate. When I coordinated an event at The Sylvan Theater for the Oprah Winfrey “Belief” Series, my results were tremendously different. This opportunity brought some exciting, new people into my life and gave me new experiences and a new satisfaction. That’s what I wish for each and every one who reads this column.
In summary, begin your one-hour morning meditation next week. Place your Bible nearby with a notepad and pen and glasses. Being organized will help you to get going right away. Turn on the light, and begin, being guided by the Holy Spirit as to where to start your study. You could start in the Old Testament or, like me, I’m a New Testament fan. Enjoy the value of morning prayer and meditation; it works.
Lyndia Grant is a radio talk show host on 1340, WYCB AM, Fridays at 6 p.m. Visit her website at www.lyndiagrant.com, call her at 202-558-2107 and send emails to email@example.com.