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My Thoughts on National Prayer Day

The first Thursday in May is National Prayer Day. I thought you might enjoy hearing a couple of thoughts I have on prayer.

The Power of Group Prayer

I had personal experience with the power of group prayer. In May, 2011 I wrote a post that described my experience with group prayer on Facebook. In this post I mentioned that my godson, DJ (Lorne) fell off a 3-story building in Montreal while climbing up to the roof to watch the sunrise. Then, this is what happened:

Very quickly some of DJ’s college friends put up a Facebook page called Everybody Loves Lorne. Dozens of family and friends gather inside and outside the hospital, singing, praying, meditating and providing hands-on-healing. People from all over the world offer distance-prayer and distance-healing.

As people shared their positive thoughts, DJ continued to improve. I call this the Lazarus Effect. I describe this process ashold[ing] the person going through a life challenge in their perfection. That’s what Jesus did. He never called it healing. He simply saw people who asked him for help as whole.

I encourage you to experience the Lazarus Effect in your own life, by joining with loved ones in prayer.


When you are at your wit’s end and don’t know what to do in, especially in a relationship situation, I highly recommend praying the “Ho’oponopono Prayer.” Simply stated it is:

I love you
I’m sorry
Please forgive me
Thank you

In my 2010 blog, where I first mentioned the prayer, I said:

It’s the ancient Hawaiian prayer to “make things right”. It’s since been called many things. A prayer for forgiveness, reconciliation and taking responsibility. I’ve found it quite amazing to repeat it over and over as a mantra in my head when I want to clear something.

I first found out about Ho’oponopono by reading the book Zero Limits. It’s about Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, a Hawaiian therapist, who “helped heal an entire ward of mentally ill criminals — without seeing any of them” by using this prayer.

Try saying these simple phrases and see how they can transform your life!

I Would Love to Hear from You

When you put together your own group prayer or use the Ho’oponopono Prayer in your daily practices, please let me know your results by leaving a comment on this blog. I would love to hear how these prayer tools help you and yours.


Dr. Carolyn Dean