Prayer and manifestation are one in the same

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With New Age spirituality on the rise, social media has erupted with a new dialogue surrounding the topic — more specifically, manifestation and the Law of Attraction.

According to, this law is one that describes our ability to “attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on.”

The Law of Attraction is nothing new, having first appeared in print in 1877 by philosopher Helena Blavatsky, this concept has re-emerged and found a place in the ideological beliefs of a generation that is rejecting traditional forms of religion.

With social media playing such a large role in the spread of thoughts, ideas and beliefs, we can often see that information and misinformation come hand in hand. There are a few misconceptions about this ideology that often deter people from further exploring its facets.

  1. You can’t be a Christian and believe in the power of manifestation.

Simply put, manifestation can be found in many parts of Christianity, and even aligns with some of the practices of Christians.

Some may say that believing in the power of the mind and attracting what you put energy toward goes against the concept of God’s sovereignty. Although once you remove all labels, prayer and manifestation are one in the same. The act of praying to your God, removing negative thoughts, and visualizing your blessings can be considered manifestation.

  1. Manifestation works on its own.

It would be nice to be able to retweet a post saying that you will receive a large sum of money and wake up to a million dollars in your checking account, however, the Law of Attraction does not work this way. While visualizing the things that you wish to attract is the first step, one must put forth the effort required to be able to have their desires become their reality.

The things you do on a daily basis must align with what you are trying to attract, otherwise your efforts become futile.

  1. Manifestation is for lazy people.

World renowned Law of Attraction teacher Bob Proctor once said, “Your purpose explains what you are doing with your life. Your vision explains how you are living your purpose. Your goals enable you to realize your vision.”

The Law of Attraction at its core is a method to push yourself closer to your goals and desires through mental redirection. One could argue that following and believing in this law is the exact opposite of laziness: it is easy to go through the day to day motions while trying to accomplish your goals on autopilot, but working to consciously improve your focus on these goals and recenter your lifestyle around them takes effort and intention.