Posted by: Donna Cunningham | September 2, 2013

Something to Help You Believe that Prayer Works

For the past month,  I have been waiting and anticipating a landmark in Skywriter’s history–my 600th post. I had no idea what it would be, but hoped it would be something special.  This is it! Number 600! Thank you to all my readers–I have truly loved sharing with you these past few years.

 This came in the email this morning, when I was feeling pretty low. I hope it helps any of you out there that are feeling low, too.

THIS WILL TRULY LIFT  YOU UP SPIRITUALLY.

     ENJOY & BELIEVE  Isaiah 65:24 This is a story written by a woman doctor who worked in Africa

One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all we could do, she died, leaving us with a tiny, premature baby and a crying two-year-old daughter. We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive; as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an  incubator).   We also had no special feeding facilities. Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts. One student midwife went for the box we had for such babies and the cotton wool that the baby would be wrapped in.

Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle. She came  back shortly in distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical climates).  ‘And it is our last hot water bottle!’ she exclaimed. As in the West, it is no good crying over spilled milk, so in  Central  Africa  it might be considered no good crying over  burst water bottles. They do not grow on trees, and there are no drugstores down forest pathways.

‘All right,’ I said, ‘put the baby as near the fire as you safely can, and sleep between the baby and the door to keep it free from drafts. Your job is to keep the baby warm.’

The following noon, as I did most days, I went to have prayers with any of the orphanage children who chose to gather with me. I gave the youngsters various suggestions of things to pray about and told them about the tiny baby. I explained our problem about keeping the baby warm enough, mentioning the hot water bottle, and that the baby could so easily die if it got chills. I also told them of the two-year-old sister, crying because her mother had died.

During prayer time, one ten -year-old girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual  blunt conciseness of our African children. ‘Please, God,’ she prayed,  ‘send us a hot water bottle today. It’ll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon.’  While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added, ‘And while You are about it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so she’ll know You really love her?’

As often with children’s prayers, I was put on the spot. Could I honestly  say ‘Amen?’ I just did not believe that God could do this.  Oh, yes, I know that He can do everything; the Bible says so. But there  are limits, aren’t there? The only way God could answer this particular prayer would be by sending me a parcel from the homeland. I had been in   Africa   for almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever, received a parcel  from home.  Anyway, if anyone did send me a parcel, who would put in a hot water bottle? I lived on the equator!

Halfway through the afternoon, while I was teaching in the nurses’ training school, a message was sent that there was a car at my front door. By the time I reached home, the car had gone, but there on the verandah was a large 22-pound parcel. I felt tears pricking my eyes. I could not open the parcel alone, so I sent for the orphanage children.

Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot. We folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly. Excitement was mounting. Some       thirty or forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large cardboard box.  From the top, I lifted out brightly-colored, knitted jerseys. Eyes sparkled as I gave them out. Then there were the knitted bandages for the leprosy patients, and the children looked a little bored. Then came a box  of mixed raisins and sultanas – that would make a batch of buns for the weekend.

Then, as I put my hand in again, I felt the…..could it really be? I grasped it and pulled it out. Yes, a brand new, rubber hot water bottle. I cried. I had not asked God to send it; I had not truly believed that He could.

Ruth was in the front row of the children. She rushed forward, crying out, ‘If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly, too!’ Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small beautifully-dressed dolly. Her eyes shone! She had never doubted!

Looking up at me, she asked, ‘Can I go over with you and give this dolly to that little girl, so she’ll know that Jesus really loves her?’   ‘Of course,’ I replied!

That parcel had been on the way for five whole months, packed up by my former Sunday school class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God’s       prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator.  And one of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child – five months before, in answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it ‘that afternoon.’

‘Before they call, I will answer.’ (Isaiah 65:24)

When you receive this, say the prayer. That’s all I ask. No strings  attached. Just send it on to whomever you want – but do send it on. Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive. There is no cost, but a  lot of rewards. Let’s continue praying for one another.  This awesome prayer takes less than a minute.

Heavenly Father, I ask you to bless my friends reading this. I ask You to minister to their spirit. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and  mercy. Where there is self doubting, release a renewed confidence to work through them; where there is tiredness or exhaustion, I ask You to give them understanding, guidance, and strength. Where there is fear, reveal  your love and release to them Your courage. Bless their finances, give them greater vision, and raise up leaders and friends to support and  encourage them.  I ask You to do these things in Jesus’ name. Amen

PS: from a reader: I sent your uplifting blog to a friend of mine, and she is an expect in biblical studies. She informed me that your Hot Water Bottle story was a true story, a faith testimony, written several decades ago by Helen Roseveare. Here is a link if you are interested: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/h/hotwaterbottle.htm#.UiWdOz-33b0.

(Donna: Though it never even occurred to me to doubt that it was a true story–it just rang with the truth–there will probably be readers who do. I mean, if someone was going to make up a story,  I think they’d have come up with a bigger payoff for prayer than a water bottle and a dolly!)

PS. From Donna. I am  catching a bit of flack for posting something that is so “heavily Christian,”  so here’s a disclaimer. Not everyone who prays is a churchgoing, Bible thumping type who judges and condemns others for their sins. Thankfully.  We Astrologers also pray, at least lots of the ones I know.  My admiration for the woman who wrote this story isn’t because she’s a believer, it’s because she is a loving, committed person who clearly cares deeply for the orphans she serves.  But why do I need to apologize for that?

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  1. I think we are true magicians. We are the main actors in making things happen. And of course God exists but he works in a different way we imagine.

  2. For many years I ‘lived by Faith’ – every day having to trust God for my needs. Everyday I went out, just to see if there was anyone out there who needed help, encouragement or anything else I could offer, putting my own needs last. It was one of the most wonderful times of my life- and lo and behold, I would be invited to dinner one night, or receive boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables the next day and somehow I always had enough. I prayed very specifically that as I ministered to others, that God would take care of my exact needs. I have seen over and over, especially in urgent situations like the above, prayers answered immediately. It’s refreshing to see a post like this on an astrology site. Thank you Donna and God Bless You!

    • thank you, Marie. What you’ve shared helps lift me too. One of my mantras is, “God provides ALL my needs.” And it always produces results. There are a couple of hitches, however. One is that it doesn’t cover all my wishes, just my needs. And two, that some of the things I really, really need are not things I would pray for…like a lesson in humility at times I get a bit full of myself. Oh, well! Donna

      • Dearest Donna,

        Thank you so much for sharing…..A

  3. Thank you for posting this Donna.
    Here I am reading about Pluto transits, Uranus/ Pluto in Virgo and mid-life career dissatisfaction and trying to understand this extended slump in my life life of generalized discontent with much of it thus far.
    ” Have you remembered to pray? ” was the message I got from this….I sort of lost my faith, so it’s been awhile.
    Seeing this synchronistically posted here is exactly the answer to this current search. I will be specific, yes.
    Love it when things like this happen.
    Thank you.

  4. Hi Donna!

    Good to hear from you again. I do hope your hands are feeling better! Interesting post… Yes, I do believe that miracles happen all the time. Aligning ourselves to see and receive them isn’t always easy. Children, having less life experience that causes resistance, seem to have a more simple and direct expectation to receive. It’s no joke getting older. It takes a lot of courage and, I’m learning, a sense of humor to keep going or rather, to keep BEING. I won’t be passing this on (as I don’t do chain mail) but thankfully you didn’t ask anyone to in your comments you just posted it. While I was a bit surprised at the heavy christian message & tone, this is your blog and you have the right to write whatever you want.

    I also hope that you will be posting again on astrology regularly to this blog someday in the future – I miss your articles and insights. They always gave me food for thought. And if not, thanks for all you have done.

    In the meantime, wishing you a speedy recovery and uplifted spirits!

    love & light

    namaste
    ~mf

    • Not everyone who prays is a church-going Christian–should I have posted a disclaimer? Astrologers also pray, at least the ones I know. My hands have been okay for over a year, but I’ve been working very hard all year to finish a book on stelliums. I look forward to blogging regularly when it’s over and I’ve had a chance to rest. Donna

      • Hi Donna

        So pleased to hear that your hands are ok! I’m sorry I didn’t know earlier. Congrats on your healing!

        As for my comment. I certainly didn’t mean to put you on the defensive or give you any ‘flack’. Speaking for myself, you have nothing to apologize for, at least not to me. As I stated, it is your blog and you can post whatever you want. I didn’t mention anything about whether or not astrologers pray or anything about church. I simply stated that I was surprised by the heavy christian tone. Not that you shouldn’t write about it but to my knowledge over the years that I have subscribed to this blog, you haven’t before. If you have I guess I just missed those posts or wasn’t subscribed yet. So I was surprised. That’s all. This is part of the limitation of the internet when posting comments. You can’t hear my tone of voice or see my face.I wasn’t trying to offend you. If someone else has commented it could be because it’s difficult to pry apart the connotation and cultural context of christianity (which is all around us) and its very real role, as a religion, in the oppression of women and, I believe, astrology and astrologers. But again, if its not a problem and works for you, this is your blog and you write what resonates for you.

        I’m looking forward to your book on stelliums and wish you all the best in the future.

        namaste
        ~mf

  5. A beautiful story, Donna. Thank you. I shared it on Facebook; I hope you don’t mind. Blessings to you.

    • Glad you did, Rian. I think a lot of people could use an uplift right now. Donna

      • Dear Donna,

        Thank you so much for sharing…. as I read the story
        I felt deep emotion … Simply put we can pick apart
        and poke … use Astrology as a tool for dissecting…
        or other Metaphysical theroy…BUT when it comes to
        our Heavenly Father … he will bring us to our bended
        knees..which he gave to us so we could kneel down.
        Bottom line we can not out smart him, push him, or even
        bargain with him… God is the Almighty God!….Amen!

        Yesterday I was feeling ill and also feeling sorry for
        myself… had to go to grocery store my disable daughter
        was with me… my hearing is very bad so she tells me if
        someone is talking to me… She said Mom this lady is
        asking you something so I turned around to see this lady
        in a wheelchair with oxygen tank … she couldn’t have
        weighed more than 80 lbs. she was holding a tiny dog,
        and as I tried to make conversation with her ..which I
        can talk but I can not understand what is being said back.
        I was overwhelmed with emotion looking in her eyes and
        watching her struggle to talk to me… honestly my heart was
        was flooded with emotion and a feeling of needing to help
        her….. This beautiful lady was at the steps of Heaven’s door!
        I truly doubt she will live another week…. As I walked away
        I wanted to run and hold her to do anything to help her…
        I told my daughter when we were on the next aisle Tammy
        remember me telling you the old saying… as I often repeat
        what my elders taught me way back in time…

        The saying goes like this!….
        I WAS FEELING SORRY FOR MYSELF BECAUSE I HAD
        NO SHOES… UNTIL I MET A MAN WITH ‘NO FEET’….

        I have not stopped praying for her …don’t even know her name
        but I know God knows and I know prayers are powerful…
        the same as the little girl who prayed for a Hot water bottle
        and Baby Doll… she never once questioned God’s love.

        It is amazing to me how as adults we have ‘No Faith
        yet children rarely question when praying …..maybe
        we should have the ~faith of child in our hearts’!..

        Donna, this note is from me to you…. I have never met
        you…. but Dear One,…. I hear you talking to me when I
        am low and when I question the way certain life events
        have left me with a deep hole in my heart…. I hear you …
        and your words to me are God is a good God!…he wants
        the best for you in every way because he needs you to
        help with his work on earth….
        I WANT YOU TO KNOW DONNA YOU ARE VERY MUCH
        LOVED AND AN ANGEL OF GIVING HOPE……
        NEVER FORGET THE AWESOME SPIRIT THAT GLOWS
        THROUGH YOU TO SOMEONE LIKE ME WHO KNOWS
        I WOULDN’T HAVE MADE IT WITHOUT YOU!

        MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN EVERY WAY!

        I’m sorry for the caps….typing I taught myself…

        Much Love,
        Charmaine,

  6. It is the law of atraction in action. the format or backdrop means little. It is the pure positive intent that manifests.

  7. It is a very sweet story. Unfortunately, i know that prayer does not always work, no matter how fervent or pure. What kind of god picks and chooses.

    I would never attack you for posting this sweet little story; but those of us on the other side of the equation are forever “left behind” if they are to believe that prayer has power but not for us…

    • I get what you’re saying completely.

    • I agree with you you, mimi. I prayed that my son, and all that came into contact with my son while serving in Iraq, would be safe. I prayed for 2 years that he would come home to his daughter and wife….but, he did not. This prayer, I felt, was not a selfish desire and no intention of self satisfaction was I seeking.

      For myself, I have spent my entire life questioning everything and this includes the ideation of “God”. What I have come to understand, with the help of Astrology, is that there is a higher power/s that we are birthed from. I just find it irrational to think that this omnipotent creator of all is actually listening to each and every prayer from 1 in a gazillion souls all throughout the Multiverse. I think that our prayers are answered through a network of conscious thought bridged from those here and those who have passed on to the other side. It just makes a great deal more sense to me to see it from this perspective. I actually know that we can psychically tune in to each other’s frequencies and pick up information. I have done this many times and it does work.

      Actually I do not believe nor understand a “God” but I do understand the need to create and to love. If there is a “god” she is a mother. I have never seen nor met a father who loves like a mother loves.
      There is a saying, “As above, so below” that lends credence to my theory. If “God” is a father then he needs to find a new job, and, I would have no hesitation in firing him personally ….but, I digress..

      I do like this story as it illustrates that we are all connected and through that connection a hope, wish or dream is just a thought away from being manifested in the material plane.

      As for a “Christian” overtone …..well, seeing as how I have never met nor seen one ( living the teachings of Christ ) I find that they are a myth….sort of like Unicorns.

      All in all, though, sentimental and profound stories, no matter the origin, always bear hearing and so much better to witness.

      • jjsanto; Several members of my family are military. Yet I cannot really conceive of the depth of your loss. No amount of saccharine platitudes about love or light or joy or even the more thoughtful ideas like ultimate purpose or greater good or an afterlife reunion will suffice. No honest theist can claim to understand tragedy, death, or pain nor claim to be without uncertainty and doubt.

        For me, prayer is more about programming one’s own soul. Of aligning with frequencies greater than the personal. Greater than human collective aspects like esp, archetypes, global consciousness. Of connection to something truly cosmic– beyond the scale of the universe itself. Occasionally, yes, I do get replies. Which are in “words” that are quite different from my own habitual ways of thinking. Often they are connected to feminine aspects of the Divine Infinite. In my experience usually forceful, direct, and clearly a voice of wisdom.

        Rejecting the idea of God as father is to reject a partial understanding, something all too often the projection of structural elites. But there’s no need therefore to reject the metaphor of a protector, a just and kind ruler, a creative energy. Nor is the western tradition berift of feminine images of God– the Christian mystics, particularly the women, are proof of that. God the mother is there.

        “As above, so below” is an aphorism of Hermeticism, a continuation of the lineages of Egypt by way of the Alexandrian Greeks. Add to that kabbalah of the Hebrews and astrology of Mesopotamia. This way of western esotericism was (and is) for the spiritual evolution of the individual soul that is in addition to the general salvation of the exoteric church. Esotericism uses symbols and metaphors as an approach to something beyond the human mind. Which are expressed as myths– patterns of truth.They contain elements of physical reality, human history, psychological archetypes, and connect to cosmic transcendence.
        This is the fullness of visionofa of a

  8. Very beautiful. Thank you.

  9. Thank you so much for posting this wonderful story! Simple faith is so important, and this was a wonderful reminder of that. Be well, Donna.

  10. I pray all the time, Donna, and have followed astrology as a hobby since I was 15. God created all of it, is my answer. Beautiful post!

  11. I believe in astrology, and pray often. I’ve studied Science of Mind for years at the Agape Spiritual Center founded by Rev. Michael Beckwith. There is nothing wrong with prayer.

    I believe that the Great Creator is in the center of all that is, was, and will ever be.

    I love the story, and the prayer.

    NAMASTE’

  12. Dear Donna,

    Your article made me choke up – our spirituality
    and our abilities to manifest out of highest power
    are so encouraging. There is a plan.There is an order.

    Peace,
    Esther Molly

  13. I’m definitely surprised to read this kind of post from you, but it’s awesome that you posted this:)

  14. Thanks for sharing this with us Donna, it was very heartwarming.
    I am another astrologer who prays and it’s cool to know that I am not alone.

  15. Thanks so much for the post, Donna. I know that God does answer prayers and this story is a manifestation of that truth. And don’t apologize for the Christian message. Let’s not be political correct and hide our faith!

  16. Dear Donna, Congratulations on reaching this milestone, and thank you for bringing your readers this inspiring story. I am not ‘heavily Christian’ myself, but I would say you are doing God’s work. Keep it up! May all your own prayers be answered so perfectly!

  17. The form is Christian, but the content is Universal. Great story! Thanks Donna!

  18. Congrats on your 600th post! I skipped the story (to return to later) and read the disclaimer. Faith in, and reliance upon, God is to be commended – not condemned. If your spirit is low, then where else are you supposed to go for a refill? I’m happy that you know how to ignore people with a low view of God.

    (Btw, dear mimi: God is the kind of God that created a perfect Plan. When our prayers are aligned with that Plan, then they are answered. Instead of asking about God, try asking why YOU aren’t aligned with God’s Will and changing your prayer. My prayers are always answered…sometimes in ways and via routes that I don’t expect, understand or appreciate in the short-term. But God-given hindsight,foresight, and insight is 20/20 for me. God is awesome, not santa claus!)

    Love,

    1st house neptune in sagittarius trine jupiter and sextile 10th house pluto
    12th house moon – uranus in scorpio
    8th house sun (in cancer! we have the same birthday), mercury, and jupiter
    etc.

    • the perfect plan, you mean me living with my husband as we grew old together? well forgive me for wanting THAT?
      why my perfect healthy husband was unable to fight the ravages of cancer, with the best doctors, the best medicine, the best health going into it all?
      it figures you have neptune in the first house, it’s all clear to you as long as you look through your special glasses.

      I guess i should have asked god to kill him off sooner; then i would have been in alignment with his plan.

      • Oh, my. I know that mimi suffered a great deal with the lingering fatal illness of her beloved husband, as we were in correspondence during that time. (I believe it was your second Saturn return to your Neptune-Saturn natal conjunction, right?)

        It is so wrong to judge others when we have never suffered in the way they have. I don’t believe that anyone who hasn’t yet been through the depths of grief at the death of someone you love deeply has any understanding as yet of what true grief is.

        Grief is almost a taboo in modern life–we’re supposed to be over it a week after the funeral, so as not to make others uncomfortable. Grief in the intense phase is one year in length, and more if the circumstances of the death were terrible ones. (Judge not, least you be judged.) Donna

      • Spiritual Journey~

        Some people say there is no God.
        They will claim that God is a crutch
        a fairy tale. They will argue with
        scientific explanations .They will point
        to evil and injustice everywhere.

        You can not argue with these people.

        Suffering will come you can not avoid it.
        When it comes it can overwhelm you.
        Tragedy can break and shatter our world.
        It is then when we see what is truly important

        Grief and pain have their own duration
        from them comes our greatest creativity.

        Charmaine,

      • Ah, Charmaine, so well put, especially as to the effect of suffering. Donna

  19. Thank you Donna,

    This special story came at the right time for me too.
    I’m going to say this beautiful prayer each day from now on. Thank you for posting it. I am so grateful there are people like you on this earth.

    Many special blessings to you,
    Susan

  20. I’m in agreement! I haven’t been to church but for a wedding or funeral but I pray.

  21. Hi Donna, Thank you very much for your email and congratulations on reaching your 6,000th blog post!! :) As a Pagan I know the power of prayer, we just call it different things. The message to me from your post was ‘Have Faith’, which is nothing to do with ‘religion’…. so you don’t need to add any disclaimers! Prayers are simple requests to the Universe and we all have the ability to ask:) I hope you’re feeling better and thank you again for your inspiring messages, they’re always welcome in my Inbox xxx

    • Hi Donna, I sent your uplifting blog to a friend of mine, and she is an expect in biblical studies. She informed me that your Hot Water Bottle story was a true story, a faith testimony, written several decades ago by Helen Roseveare. Here is a link if you are interested: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/h/hotwaterbottle.htm#.UiWdOz-33b0

      Thank you again for posting such interesting material,
      Positive and happy thoughts to you from Vienna,
      Barbara

      • Thank you so much, Barbara. I’m going to add that link to the post itself. Donna

  22. Here’s to Truth and Inspiration, always too big to fit into only one religion!
    As a serious Capricorn, with a self-reliant Moon in Aries, having faith that I have a right to ask and receive has been a major life theme for me. But it is the way the Universe works, and as I get older, I surrender to it more and more.

    Thank you, Donna, for this post and the 599 others!

  23. Just had to say thank you, Donna. You are one of my favorite astrologers, and now I can say that you’ve renewed my Faith in the power of prayer. I have never been religious, and I attend Unity church which is non-denominational. I found out recently that Maya Angelou was, many years ago, inspired by Unity church in S.F.
    I am certain that prayer works it’s miracles more so when you Believe in it. It’s the Faith part that is essential. Just like the law of attraction.
    I’ve had a good cry now, and with my faith restored….I feel uplifted with only YOU to thank, my dear. God Bless.

    • You know, I just this morning added a link to the post, which tells that it is a true story. I wouldn’t know how many of my readers didn’t believe it was true, but it had never occurred to me to doubt it, as it had the ring of truth. I think most of us adult today have a layer of cynicism as so many of our authority figures have been shown to be corrupt. I think it takes a child like the one in the story to have the kind of unflinching faith to make a prayer like that one come true. Donna

      • THANK YOU and THANK YOU AGAIN !
        Posting this story and YOUR PASSION in reflecting the long awaiting, patience, upon receiving this after some 599 other posts.
        The relating aspect of a relationship is important, whether we are silent in wonder as it (a relationship) grows thoughts may come and go; belief may apply or not, in fact truth or fantasy apply as much or not as witnessing does for belief; in all of our actions, there is some reflect our faith and relationship to/with something. In fact, the 599th post may be a good example of scoffing, changing the subjects, confusing issues, and insincerity in action as much as mixing of topics that can cross a span of senses of reasoning.

        OF BELIEF OR CONVERSION; CONVERSATION DOESN’T HAVE TO BE INTERPRETED AS ONE OF THE ABOVE TO BE RELATED; MAKING SENSE IS IMPORTANT FOR THE RELATING TO CONTINUE.

        RELATING RELATIONSHIPS AND BELIEF OR DISBELIEF, IN THIS TRUE STORY, RELATING BY PRAYER HAPPENED.

        I THANK YOU FOR RELATING.

        PS,
        A BELIEVER AS I STATED ABOVE, I THOUGHT TO SEARCH TO SEE IF THERE WAS A SPECIFIC ANSWER “”Something to Help You Believe that Prayer Works”” KEYWORDING A SEARCH ON A AN ONLINE CHRISTIAN BIBLE DATBASE.
        SPECIFICALLY THE WORS “”TO BELIEVE IN PRAYER”” only located FOUR RESULTS,
        “Isaiah 65:24″ I ADD, NOW KNOWING AND UNDERSTANDING; MORE AND LESS.
        NOT TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT, I Believe we are to “listen for/to God who The Lord is the same and of” as written as The Greatest Commandment NUMBER 1 as written that Jesus spoke in context where he had to mention that with the second most important. In my context here, “”To know all there is to know is to much for man to know; to know the Love Of God is to have the understanding””, knowing and imagining a belief in that, may be important to know here on this post,l and that may relate to a Commandment if not directly BEING COMMANDMENT NUMBER THREE.or whatever the category or rank; in all as much as RELATING LOVE AND DISCERN to be WITH GODS GRACE TO WISDOM AND POWER in our CONVERSING,

        RIGHT or TRUE (EITHER) of LOVE, we often do not know what to ask as there may be many possibilities.
        There may be a sphere we live on that all 360 degrees of possibilities could range a span in all directions.
        ASTROLOGY I FIND VERY HELPFUL AND ADMIRE WISDOM PRESENT IN INTERPRETATIONS OF POSSIBILITIES,
        THE Facts seem that we each have points of places we are, and a stride that is of our own comfort or discern, and only so much ability to understand even what we think we know.

        WHAT ASTROLOGY COULD APPLY TO THE OTHER FOUR SCRIPTURES WITH THE WORDS – TO, BELIEVE, IN, PRAYER -, OR ALL FIVE SCRIPTURES (INCLUDING Isaiah 65:24) is probably rhe same answer to all of them as astrology applies to any other subject; i.e. time, timing, age, circumstance, contexts, relativity, belief, interpretation, understanding, season, reason, sustenance, purpose, meaning, consideration, direction, motion.
        I AM NOT SURE ABOUT ASTROLOGY being applicable to “momentum” and :”propensity” )both separate or together, though the two can be intertwined with “faith” and “fate” , astrology may not apply to either of those two other than how everything relates to creation here and in the cosmos of what we know and can imagine.
        I believe Wisdom to be a separate relativity that was right there with God at creation and of ‘when’ “He saw that it was good”, i believe it means He had also seen something through.
        What we discern probably should pare with wisdom and with what we can understand to be “in prayer”.

        pss
        The other four I found-

        Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer …
        Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe
        that you have received it, and it will be yours. …
        //bible.cc/mark/11-24.htm – 18k

        Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask …
        … You will receive whatever you ask for in prayer, if you believe.” … …
        //bible.cc/matthew/21-22.htm – 17k

        John 17:20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those …
        ….. My prayer is not for them alone. I pray
        also for those who will believe in me …
        //bible.cc/john/17-20.htm – 17k

        Acts 16:13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the …
        … On the Sabbath we went beyond the city gate to the riverside, where we had reason
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  24. I enjoyed this, Donna. Thank you. Jennifer

  25. Dear Donna,

    This e-mail from you came just at the right time for me. I am in a situation where I am feeling very hopeless and despondent. Just before I read your story about the doctor, I was thinking that only a heartfelt prayer could help my situation. Now, I know without a doubt that God is with me and hears all my thoughts and clumsy prayers. Sometimes, it is hard to pray like a child does without any doubt or disbelief. But, I also know that in order to enter into God’s Kingdom on Earth, “Heaven”, we must become like a little child.

  26. Donna, I know that God loves astrologers and all people. God understands all the differences in people. There are so many different pathways to God. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for posting this. Your post was an answer to a prayer from me.

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

  27. Prayer is a good topic. Thanks, Donna.

    There’s no bigger challenge to our faith than suffering. When we lose our faith, we begin to question our beliefs, including any belief we may have had in the power of prayer. Losing our health, home or a loved one (or watching them suffer), or experiencing chronic pain, loneliness, alienation, cruelty, abandonment or a profound injustice – these are among the many reasons we grieve. Sometimes it’s very difficult to understand why a loving God would ever allow such terrible things to happen, without answering our prayers or intervening. And yet, sometimes God does.

    It’s a mystery to me also, though I take comfort in knowing God is there beside me in my suffering, helping me to bear my burdens and guide me through the dark. My relationship with God has changed over the years, and while I don’t recommend it (and wouldn’t wish it on anyone), the pain I’ve experienced has helped to refine my faith and draw me closer to God; it’s also changed the way I pray.

    Now when I pray for myself, I usually ask that God mold and change *me* by softening any hardness in my heart, turning my flaws into strengths and using my gifts (and even my pain) to serve others (Virgo Rising/Pluto conjunct from the 12th). Sometimes I can feel God moving through me, comforting me, speaking softly and sweetly in the silence. For me, there’s an emptiness only God can fill, and it only comes through surrender. When I pray for others, I ask that their own hardened hearts be softened and that they be blessed with the courage, wisdom and guidance they truly need. And I ask that they remember. If there’s a ‘secret’ to prayer, I believe it’s that our longing for God should be greater than our longing for anything else.
    “Let your longing relentlessly beat upon the cloud of unknowing that lies between you and your God.” The Cloud of Unknowing, P.63.

    Don’t know if anyone else has commented or not, but in response to the Syria crisis as well as other suffering around the world, the Pope has asked that all good people, believers and non-believers, join together in a day of prayer and fasting, this coming Saturday, September 7th. We’ll pray for peace in the world and in our lives: http://www.nevispages.com/pope-francis-announces-day-of-prayer-and-fasting-on-saturday-7-september-2013/

    • Thanks for all you shared, LB. About the Day of Prayer, as the last thing the world needs is more trouble in the Mideast.

      And about praying about a hardened heart. Oh, my, that’s a reminder I needed today, as I’m having some serious problems with two of my friends that I have serious doubts are really friends at all. There’s this prayer I say like that, but I’m not sure I am willing to pray this time with all my heart about the situation:

      Dear God of all Creation. Let me not hold anything against anyone, nor find fault with anyone or anything. I MEAN IT, LORD!

      I MEAN IT, LORD is the kicker. You never want to add that unless you’re willing to have it answered, because things start happening right away. Okay, consider it prayed! Donna

  28. Dear Donna,

    I am so excited about this and Your story – they both touch me personally,
    I DEEPLY believe in God and I do know that that the prayers work- so much so that I pray ONLY for important things /life/death/people I love etc/ never ‘frivolous’ ones- I’ve had lots of suffering and tragedy in my life, but suffered the most at times when I was ‘drained’ of faith and/or letting cynicism cast the shadow on my mind. Life is not meant to be always happy, but when we suffer badly we sometimes forget that- we are simply not meant to understand everything when things happen.
    On the other hand most people of our fate /church in particular/ do not approve astrology, and I’ve been studying it /western, jyotish/ for 35 years and I do not see any mutual exclusivity- on the contrary. It does help people better understand themselves /btw I am clinical psych by vocation/training/ find the meaning in what seemingly appears to be ‘unfair’ in our world, and world in general. /Let’s pray for Syria!/

    You Donna obviously know that the same God is in everything.
    I am so glad I found out that you are not only an astrologer with profound understanding, but a spiritual person as well /Oh political correctness again- religious or spiritual- or both/
    I am sending love,

    Anna

    Aquarius/Sag Moon/Cn Asc

    Lost a ‘friend’ recently – still not able to get over the hurt or pray like you do
    to get my heart cleansed of ‘judgment’- it comes helpful too, thank you Donna!

    • It was astrology that brought me back to God in the first year I was studying it (I had lost my faith due to horrible family problems), because I could see that it worked, and how could it possibly work in such fine details if there wasn’t someone or something that created it all–the solar system and its correlation with our individual charts. Donna

  29. I felt the same when I started- during my first Sa return tragedy and my family falling apart happened, my illness as well- it simply felt ‘fated’ -my brother was almost dying: There is no doubt in my mind that my prayers saved him- but in my prayers I offered everything /my life/ in exchange for my brother’s life- I was young, I didn’t know much at that time…- he did survive, but my life started falling apart- divorce, single mom obligations, health issues being neglected leading to my long hospitalization… I started my study of astrology.
    I felt that God was crying for me for having to face all this- but it felt ‘fair’ /In two years I was ok and even better off than before in many areas/. But I did hit a rock bottom!
    Anna

    • What a terrible era in your life…they do pass, but its hard to have faith about that when it’s going on. Donna

  30. Thank you for sharing such a Remarkably Spiritual and Beautiful Affirmation of the Depth of Faith, power of prayer and AWESOME LOVE & MERCY are Heavenly Father delights in showering on us , so that we unquestionably KNOW he’s there “He Hears, He Answers, He’s LOVE”

  31. Sorry I’m so late to this party; just catching up on e-mail left to fester while I worked on some research. As is typical for us in the Pac. NW, I wasn’t raised with religion. Thus I never went through either angry negative associations or automatic cultural identification.
    A series of mystical experiences over decades plus reading, reading, and more reading, then grad school, finally brought me to a place where I am comfortable as a Christian. I’m within the arc of western esoteric traditions, which at least in part arose in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Those traditions, renewed during the Renaissance, include alchemy, astrology, kabbalah, Pythagorean geometry, etc. In formal terminology, this lineage is called Christian Hermeticism.
    But the here and now of social justice should be not ignored, either. Notice that the story was not just about prayer– it demonstrates the real need for ordinary care and small ways to serve.
    Implied also is recognition of how inequitable social and economic structures relate to human suffering. No amount of 1920s “positive thinking” or its New Age equivalent called “The Law of Attraction” will fix that. These are simply mean-spirited variations of Blame the Victim. That whatever happens is what is deserved.
    IMHO, the Infinite Divine is way more intelligent, complex, and compassionate than that. The path of spiritual evolution is open, the example set. But the work is ours to do.

    • “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:15-17

      Rafi ~ I agree with what you’ve written about what it means to be a loving, mindful, and *involved* spiritual being, and regularly have similar conversations with friends who mostly disagree.:) While prayer, meditation and other spiritual practices can draw us closer to the Divine and, if we’re willing, Divine will, it’s through compassionate action that our faith comes alive. God often speaks to us through the voiceless and small.

      Who knows which of us might someday be like the far away person in the story, allowing God to work through us by answering a small prayer before it was even asked.


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