In this chapter Peale points out that if you pray in the morning and evening the days will go easier. He writes here that you will be calmer as the day unfolds. He says, too, that your thoughts and actions will achieve more effective results for you no matter what difficulties may arise.
We learn that if done in earnest, prayer can help improve your physical health and slow the aging process. However, Peale advises in this chapter that we keep up with the latest prayer techniques.
Peale explains that there are a variety of prayer techniques which can be found in the New Testament of the Bible alone. He tells us too, that there are findings coming to light all of the time with regard to better prayer techniques that we can use to our advantage because they’ve been found by what he called, “prayer geniuses,” to be effective.
Not only is it a good idea to make it a point to talk to God throughout your day as much as possible, as if you were talking to a normal person right next to you, but that you should assume and visualize that you have what you are asking for. If you do this, what you are asking for will become at least somewhat of a reality. You must be willing to accept that you may not always get what you want and that God’s will usually brings you something better.
In, “The Power of Positive Thinking,” we are told that prayer can be used to deal with everything from a failing marriage to coming up with new creative ideas in a business environment. Of course we are also told, too, that visualizing and praying must be balanced with doing some actual work in the direction we hope to achieve success. But it is also pointed out in this chapter that our work can be directed through prayer. It is implied here that prayer will often lead to useful insights which then would guide us in the right direction.
Peale also suggests that praying for others around you can work to your advantage. In some examples; he even talks about how praying for people that don’t seem to like you can actually lower their resistance to you and bring them around to your side in a positive way.
If you choose to focus on all of the good things you liked about your day than you will sleep even better. It is explained that this is because by focusing on the positive points of a given day you are driving from your mind all of the negative things that happened. This leads to feeling more refreshed when you awaken the next morning. With continued practice this leads to more productive, positive days ahead.