Can a prayer help find a lost item?
Unless one is religious and prays often, we can assume that they will likely resort to a prayer for helping find a lost item only after having searched exhaustively and are beginning to feel desperate. If you search the internet, you will find plenty of stories where a missing item was found or even has miraculously reappeared after reciting a particular prayer or chant. The interesting thing is that these claims of answered prayers are not exclusive to a particular prayer, or even a particular religion.
We can get into a long philosophical debate that will likely span the entire spectrum from complete cynicism to blind faith in a single prayer, but that is not the intention of this post. The question here is can a prayer help one find something they have lost?
Let's first look at the most common prayers on this subject.
Christianity - Saints and Archangels
Most common interpretation of the name Chamuel is 'he who sees God'. One of seven archangels, each represented by a ray of god's light, Chamuel is the pink ray of love and compassion .
According to Spiritual Encyclopedia Archangel Chamuel is very useful in helping with relationships, and even with finding lost objects.
Here is the prayer:
"Archangel Chamuel, please help me find [name what is lost]"
Saint Anthony of Padua
A saint is a mortal, most often Christian, human being who's spirit has already entered heaven after death based on a lived life of holiness, piety and virtue, and has been officially canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.
According to www.stanthony.org, St. Anthony, was a powerful Franciscan preacher, and is one of the Catholic Church’s most popular saints, a patron saint of lost and stolen articles.
Here are two prayers:
"Dear St. Anthony please come around [name what is lost] is lost and it cannot be found."
"St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find [name what is lost] which has been lost. At least restore to me peace and tranquility of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favor, I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen."
Islam - Dua
In Arabic the word Dua means supplication, a humble prayer. It also means invocation, petition, summon, or calling upon a deity or a spirit. Muslims perform Dua only to Allah, the Supreme Being, in another words, God. Muslims took great care to record the supplications of the Muslim prophet, Muhammad, and today they recite those prayers in the same way they were passed down and documented over 1400 year ago.
Here are a few prayers translated:
"O Allah, the One who returns the lost, by Your power and awe return what I have lost, for surely I have received it as Your gift and favor." -Archives of Al-Hisnul Hasin
"O Allah, the gatherer of mankind on the day in which there is no doubt. Join between me and my lost item." Link to source
Back to the question, can a prayer help find a lost item?
On various forums, you will find many individuals that are equally convinced that a particular prayer that they have recited has helped them find something they have lost at least once if not multiple times. How could that be?
In a previous LnF App blog post we discussed how being in the right mindset is a critical first step to finding a lost item. Having a calm state of mind will help you think, rationalize, and recall things better. Also, trusting or having faith that you will find what you are looking for will help you focus on the task at hand.
What if the belief in a prayer can help put someone in the right mindset quickly and efficiently, hence greatly increasing their chances of finding what they are looking for? If that is the case, we can safely conclude that prayer works. For those that are scientific minded, what if being the right state of mind can help you quantum jump?
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