The Power of Imagination
The power of imagination is one of the greatest gifts
God has given us and yet Christians speak disparagingly of it.This is
because they mistakenly classify it in their mind with fancy, fantasy,
or speculation, and yet all great achievements, say our psychologists,
belong first to the imagination.
A young American who crossed the English Channel in a
small aircraft which was kept aloft by nothing more than pedal power,
shows the power of imagination in action. As he pedaled this kept the
propeller turning and in this way he made his way, sometimes just a few
feet above the waves across the Channel.
In an interview with a reporter he said, 'I have flown
this Channel a thousand times in my imagination. I have seen the water
beneath my feet, seen the ships, the clouds, the occasional threat of a
storm ... and then heard the cheers of the people as they saw me coming
in to land.'
It was essential to his success that he flew the
Channel in his imagination, or else (according to his own admission) he
would never have flown it at all.
The power of imagination is not to conjure up
false or foolhardy things; that is fantasy, but to take things that are
capable of achievement, albeit with great effort, and to turn them into
Many psychologists say that the power of imagination is ten times
more powerful than the will. They say that if the will is set in one
direction and the imagination is firmly set in another, the imagination
will ultimately win.
Part of the power of prayer is to harness the
imagination and use it to turn ideas into facts. How then do we employ
the power of imagination in prayer? Let's say that during your prayer
time you become conscious of a number of spiritual deficiencies in your
You become aware perhaps that you are lacking in genuine
love, or joy - or even peace. Imagination comes to your aid when you
see yourself receiving those qualities, and picture them flowing into
you straight from the throne of God.
Harness the power of imagination and you will
discover that what the will cannot do, the imagination used by the Holy
Spirit will bring into your life what you desire.
Link imagination with affirmation and say it as we as
see it. There is no doubt that God wants to give you His love, His joy,
His peace, and indeed any other fruit of the Spirit of which you may be
You don't have to keep on asking for it, because through
the blessings of imagination and affirmation it can flow right into
you. Don't say, 'Oh God, please, please, give me the love I need,' but:
'Lord, right now I am being filled with your love.
Lord, right now I am being fIlled with your peace. Lord,
right now I am being filled with your joy. 'Some Christians confuse the
use of the imagination and affirmation with what is commonly called
They are not the same thing. Auto-suggestion as the name
implies is self-centered. Using the imagination in the way I have
described centers on God. Auto-suggestion is used to trick the mind
into believing what may not be true.
The right use of the imagination deals only with truth.
We have no right, of course, to use the imagination beyond its proper
limits and to expect all our desires to come to pass.
This is why before employing the imagination we must ask
ourselves three questions: Is what I am asking for clearly the will of
God? Am I sure beyond all doubt that God wants me to have this thing -
and have it now?
Is there any uncertainty in my mind about its truth?
There are those, of course, who find it difficult to see things in
their imagination. They don't think in terms of pictures, and have
difficulty in putting their imagination to work.
Let them not despair. Practice a few moments every day
developing an Image of yourself in different situations. The proud you
becoming humble. The fearful you, holding your head up high.
The resentful you, offering the hand of forgiveness.
Just hold the picture there, if only for a few seconds. The discipline
of the moments, if observed daily, will, I assure you, be infinitely
When imagination is used to picture the realized end of
a situation and it is held clearly in the mind's eye, then all the
doors of the personality fly open and the power of God floods in.
So see it done. Link the power of imagination with
affirmation and new power will flow into your prayers.
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