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The Seven Great Prayers


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 28/01/2014 -

Returning home from the doctor when you have just been diagnosed with colon cancer, many things go through your mind.  Am I going to die?  What will my wife do?   How much time do I have left? And, the list goes on. Exhausted and total defeated, I decided to do what I always do, bury myself in e-mail!  The first e-mail I read got my attention quickly.  The Seven Great prayers was the subject line. As I read, the e-mail revealed the first of the seven prayers.  The prayer was simply; ”I Love you God.”  That’s it.  As I thought about it, I really haven’t spent a lot of time telling God that I love him, but I realized that as a father, I needed to hear,” I love you,” so, I supposed God does too. It is like the conversation you have with your daughter when she wants to borrow money for that new pair of shoes she has her eyes on.  The conversation goes something like this, “I love you Daddy, you know, I really love you! (pause) Can I borrow £20?”  The thing is, the strategy works every time! So, I began to pray.  “I love you God, I really want to serve you, but you’ve got to help me with this cancer.  If I put the cancer in your hands, I could serve you better. Your will be done Lord, but know that I love you.” As I glanced down for the next prayer, the email said that I would receive it tomorrow and I would get one each day until I had received all seven. The next day, I couldn’t wait to see the prayer. It was simple as well. The prayer was “Thank you God for….”  I thought for a minute and began.  Thank you God, for an early diagnosis.  Thank you God, for a great doctor. Thank you God, for a loving and supportive wife. The thank you’s continued for over 90 minutes!  I simply thanked God for all of the many blessings that he had given me. One by one, once a day I received the prayers.  And they were an amazing help for me with tests, surgery, and recovery.  I still pray them today, eight years later, and cancer free. All the seven great prayers were later put into a book.  I have shared only the first two with you because of space, but here they are;

1. I Love You God

2. Thank You God for…

3. God, You are Inside Me

4. I Attract God’s Blessings

5. God, I See You Everywhere

6. God Bless and I Love…

7. God, Let Me Do Your Good Works. I am sure they will help you too.

[From Tony Agnesi. The Book is called: The 7 Great Prayers, For a Lifetime of Hope and Blessings, Paul and Tracey McManus, Vanguard Press]

 




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