God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Photo of Paramahansa Yogananda, courtesy of Self-Realization Fellowship

Today is the National Day of Prayer, an annual observance inviting people of all faiths to come together to pray and to heal. This year’s theme is “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” which asks us to place our faith in the power of God and reach out through prayer during our darkest hours.

Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, spoke often of the power of prayer.

In this passage from In the Sanctuary of the Soul: A Guide to Effective Prayer, he reminds us that we can and should seek help through prayer:


God does help those who help themselves. When your mind is calm and filled with faith after praying to God in meditation, you are able to see various answers to your problems; and because your mind is calm, you are capable of picking out the best solution. Follow that solution, and you will meet with success. This is applying the science of religion in your daily life.

Yogananda established the Self-Realization Fellowship Worldwide Prayer Circle, a network of groups and individuals dedicated to praying for those in need of physical, mental, or spiritual aid, and for global peace and harmony.

SRF strongly believes that prayer offers the potential to heal physical, mental and spiritual afflictions, to foster peace between people of all faiths and backgrounds, and to create a deeper understanding of the unity of all religions.

Self-Realization Fellowship is an international nonprofit religious organization founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda to introduce to people of all races, cultures and creeds the ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its time-honored methods of meditation. Among the society’s aims and ideals: To foster understanding and cooperation among all religions and a greater awareness of their underlying unity; and to disseminate a knowledge of definite scientific techniques for attaining direct personal experience of God. For more information, please visit the SRF website.

Click here to view all my posts about Paramahansa Yogananda and Self-Realization Fellowship.

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