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Title:
Every day I pray : prayers for awakening to the grace of inner communion
Author:
Vanzant, Iyanla.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2001.
Physical Description:
158 pages ; 19 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780684860008
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Book

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Beloved:Over the years, I have received many letters from readers who want to know how to pray. Some are afraid they are praying wrong. Some want a formula. Some think that their prayers are unworthy. I know how it feels to be afraid to pray, afraid you're praying wrong, afraid that your prayers are unheard. So I pass on to you the knowledge that changed my approach to and experience of prayer: your every thought, every word, every action is a prayer. If we can focus on God's presence in everything and everyone, then prayer will become as natural to us as breathing.This book is a collection of prayers I have written over the years in my prayer journals. They address a variety of topics and situations. It is my prayer that they will spark a light in your heart, and you will come to know the peace of God's grace. Please join me in making the thoughts, words and actions of our everyday lives more reverent, honorable and loving so that we can anchor the peace, joy and harmony of God on this planet.Be Blessed. Iyanla


Author Notes

Iyanla Vanzant was born in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from the Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York in 1978 and earned a law degree from the City University of New York Law School at Queens College in 1988. She was a public defender in Philadelphia for three years.

She is an author, inspirational speaker, and talk show host. She is the author of several books including Peace from Broken Pieces, Acts of Faith: Daily Meditations for People of Color, Up from Here: Reclaiming the Male Spirit, and Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving. She is the host of Iyanla: Fix My Life.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Prayer is "an inner communion with the divine" and should be "as natural as breathing," writes spirituality diva Vanzant, author of the bestselling In the Meantime, in this collection drawn from her ongoing "Prayer Journal." There's undeniable energy (and a lot of exclamation points) in Vanzant's personal entreaties; she's fond of ringing but generic affirmations of God (who is "awesome," "magnificent," "amazing" and "a skilled negotiator") and self ("I praise my body! I love my body!"). "[E]very thought, every word, every action is a prayer," Vanzant says, but she still offers specifics: there are prayers for "Alignment with God" and for blessing married couples; to "Eliminate Tiredness or Exhaustion" and to give thanks. Her fervent desire for the Divine presence in every facet of life will be inspiring for many, but others might find her detailed invocations ("Teach me to monitor my thoughts and desires to ensure that they are filled with love, harmony and peace for myself and everyone in my life in all situations and under all circumstances"; "Please purge my agenda today. Take out of my life everything...that could possibly take my focus from you") a trifle demanding. Replete with "I" statements, many of her prayers seem self-absorbed; the longer, more reflective ones, such as "Prayer When Ending a Relationship" and "God's Promise" strike deeper chords. Vanzant's spirituality of is powerful and motivating, as is her rags-to-riches bio, but occasionally this volume seems as much about her as it is about God. Photos of Vanzant and her children. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 15
For Building a Prayer Lifep. 25
Morning Prayerp. 28
Let There Be Lightp. 31
Prayer of Acknowledgmentp. 33
Prayer for Alignment with Godp. 35
Practicing the Presence of Godp. 38
Welcoming the Holy Spirit into Your Lifep. 40
Prayer for Guidancep. 42
I Am!p. 43
Prayer for Clarityp. 45
I Am Willing to Changep. 48
Prayer of Transformationp. 49
Prayer for Inner Strengthp. 51
Please Untie the Notsp. 54
Prayer for Divine Correctionp. 56
God's Promisep. 60
The Perfect Lovep. 62
A Blessing for the Bodyp. 63
Prayer for a Married Couplep. 65
A Father's Prayer for His Childp. 68
A Mother's Prayer for Her Child(ren)p. 71
A Mother's Prayer for Her Unborn Childp. 74
Prayer for Protectionp. 78
A Prayer for Self-Forgivenessp. 80
The Freedom of Forgivenessp. 83
Please Forgive Mep. 84
Prayer for Strength When Doing Something Newp. 87
Prayer for Peace in Difficult Tasksp. 90
Prayer for the Overwhelmedp. 92
To Eliminate Tiredness or Exhaustionp. 94
To Speak the Truthp. 96
Prayer of Thanksgivingp. 98
Blessing for a Mealp. 100
Just a Bit of Thanks!p. 101
Prosperity Prayerp. 103
Prayer to Eliminate Debtp. 107
Prayer of Gratitudep. 110
I Am Thanking You Right Nowp. 112
Thank God for Faith!p. 115
Prayer for Faithp. 117
The Divine Power in Mep. 119
In Fear or Anxietyp. 123
In Times of Despairp. 125
In Regretp. 127
In Times of Lonelinessp. 130
In Times of Griefp. 132
For Wisdom Through Griefp. 135
When You've Been Hurtp. 137
Prayer When Ending a Relationship (or in Any Experience of Sudden Loss)p. 140
In My Weakest Momentp. 143
Prayer of Surrenderp. 144
Prayer for Healingp. 147
Prayer for Peacep. 149
The Power of Peacep. 150
Prayer for World Peacep. 152
Prayer of Celebrationp. 154
Evening Prayerp. 157