Everyday Spirituality

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Prayer II

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Excerpt from the Abridged version of the chapter Prayer from the book 21st Century Science and Health

Adding words to prayers has not proven reliable. Verbose prayers take detours into unrealistic terrain and the human ego tries to take over. The wisdom of divine Mind is immutable whereas the wisdom of human beings is mutable, therefore incapable of telling God what to do. God is “the same yesterday, and today, and forever,” (Heb. 13:8)

God’s work is done. We reflect the doing. Prayer comes with work. Not busy-work, but logical, timely, and efficient work. We can take advantage of God’s rules and receive the experience and understanding that empower us to work out our own salvation with God.

As we reflect the divine Being—the “altogether lovely” (Song of Solomon 5:16)—we are conscious of the image and likeness of God. This rule of reflection is no small task but is the work of eternity and demands unequivocal commitment of thought, energy, and desire.

God is so infinite and complete that we will constantly need to increase in spiritual understanding. Commitment to a Godlike prayer must be kept modest and open to new ideas otherwise an overzealous loyalty to what is already known will result in treachery. Fanatical devotion will claim to know an omnipresent good God but yet be found telling God, and everyone else, how to think and act. Dismiss the barren holier-than-thou attitudes that often taint a prayer.

We can refine gratitude. Being grateful is important however being grateful for manifestations of material prosperity and health is seriously different from being grateful for Life, Truth, and Love. It’s hypocritical to thank God only for material things or human ideologies, while forgetting to be grateful for honesty, humility, and hard-work. The rule of spiritual gratitude is that you will live the honesty, humility, and hard-work, not just talk about them.

Effective prayer is buoyed by an intense desire for increased grace. The desire must be combined with a genuine effort to express courage, forbearance, love, and good deeds. It is this grace that is recorded in the Bible and which the Master Christ Jesus exemplified.

Silent prayer, spiritual alertness, and sincere obedience participate in the grace of Love. We are worthy of Love. We can be patient with ourselves and with others because in this chaotic world most of us are neophytes at assimilating the divine character. Not only is it difficult to understand a God we can’t physically control, but we’ve also been hardwired to materialize our prayers by saying them out loud or repeating them ad nauseam. Audible prayers may even affect our worship of God, making it an entertainment rather than a means of increasing our spiritual knowledge.

Prayer I

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Excerpt from the Abridged version of the chapter Prayer from the book, 21st Century Science and Health

Successful prayer is the faith that all things positive and good are possible to God. Nurtured by selfless love, faith expands into spiritual understanding and reveals noteworthy experiences. Whatever has been successfully accomplished in health, religion, and science can be traced to prayer, awareness, and pro-action.

Unspoken thoughts are prayers. Desires are prayers. Sometimes these thoughts and desires are undeveloped or corrupt but God can be trusted to influence and clarify the prayers. We may pray for more righteousness, but is it a desire to be right with God, or to be right in the eyes of human beings?

Motives will be exposed. The prayers for a partner, for money, or control show rather myopic motives even ulterior motives. Through the Science of Mind-healing, the complexity of prayer is broken down and resolved.

Prayer won’t change God, because God is unchanging wisdom and Life, but prayer can adapt us to the Science of spiritual being. The premise of prayer must include the fact that God already knows what you need. We are never telling God something new. Asking God for something, no matter how lofty we sound, doesn’t guarantee satisfaction. Humility is necessary.

Don’t acquire the habit of pleading with God, as though God is a human being with a brain that can be triggered into action. It is also a mistake to think prayer coaxes the Divine Being into reality. The universe of Truth is alive and well—gracefully penetrating and encompassing consciousness now. Spiritual being is intact and scientific prayer brings us into sync with it.

God is divine Mind, intelligence. To spend time trying to give information to God is misleading. Heartfelt silent prayers are adequate to bring us closer to the source of all existence and blessedness. God comprehends all that is complete and perfect and we were made in the image and likeness of God.

 

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Prayer won’t change God, because God is unchanging wisdom and Life, but prayer can adapt us to the Science of spiritual being. The premise of prayer must include the fact that God already knows what you need. We are never telling God something new. Asking God for something, no matter how lofty we sound, doesn’t guarantee satisfaction. Humility is necessary.

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