is the beginning of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. And nothing
brings more light into our life than sincere prayer. We can pray
for light which symbolizes power and intelligence and we shall receive
as much of it as we believe. Every spiritual principle ever
demonstrated was effected through prayer of some kind. Prayer is
essential to realize the wholeness of health, happiness, prosperity
One of my Facebook Friends added a post of Ernest Holmes' ideas about
prayer and even though I have read these words many times, re-reading
them seemed to be a "refreshing" of my mind. I would
like to share those words and a few more with you in this message on
the beginning of Hanukkah.
The following is wisdom from the
writings of the American mystic Ernest Holmes, with slight
people who believe in God believe in prayer; but our idea of prayer
changes as our idea of God changes; and it is natural for each to feel
that their way of praying is the correct way. But we should bear in
mind that the prayers which are effective — no matter whose prayers
they may be
— are effective because they embody certain universal principles
which, when understood, can be consciously used.
IF GOD EVER
ANSWERED PRAYER, HE ALWAYS ANSWERS PRAYER, since He is “the same
yesterday, today and forever.” If there seems to be any failure, it
is in mankind’s ignorance or misunderstanding of the Will and Nature
We are told that (Jesus stated)
“God is Spirit, and they that worship God must worship God in spirit
and in truth.” The immediate availability of the Divine Spirit is
“neither in the mountain nor at the temple; neither Lo, here, nor lo
there, for behold the Kingdom of God is within.”
This is a true perception of
spiritual power. The power is no longer I, but “the Father
(Intelligence, Spirit, Power) who dwelleth in me.” Could we conceive
of Spirit as being incarnate in us — while at the same time being
ever more than that which is incarnated — would we not expand
spiritually and intellectually? Would not our prayers be answered
before they were uttered? “The Kingdom of God is within you.” When
we become conscious of our Oneness with Universal Good, beliefs in
evil, sin, sickness, limitation, and death tend to disappear. We shall
no longer “ask amiss,” supplicating as though God were not
willing, begging as though He were withholding.
“If ye abide in me and my
words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done
unto you.” This gives great light on an important law governing the
answering of prayer. Abiding in Him, means having no
consciousness separate from His consciousness — nothing in our
thought which denies the power and presence of Spirit. Yes, we can
readily see why prayers are answered when we are abiding in Him.
Again we read,
“Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do.” This sounds
simple at first, but it is another profound statement like unto the
first; its significance lies in the phrase: “in my name.” In
His name, means like His Nature. If our thought is as unsullied as
the Mind of God, if we are recognizing our Oneness with God, we cannot
pray for other than the good of all mankind. In such prayer we should
not dwell upon evil or adversity. The secret of spiritual power lies
in a consciousness of one’s union with the Whole, and of the
availability of Good. God is accessible to all people.
God manifests Itself
through all individuals. No two people are alike; each has a unique
place in the universe of Mind (Spirit); each lives in Mind (Spirit);
each contacts It through their own mentality, in an individual way,
drawing from It a unique expression of Its Divine Nature. If one makes
their self receptive to the idea of love, they become lovable. To the
degree that they embody love, they are love; so people who love are
loved. Whoever becomes receptive to the idea of peace, poise and calm
— whoever embodies these divine realities – finds them flowing
through them and they become peaceful, poised and calm.
There is a place in
us which lies open to the Infinite; but when the Spirit brings Its
gift, by pouring Itself through us, It can give to us only what we
take. This taking is mental. If we persist in saying that Life will
not give us that which is good (“God will not answer my prayer.”)
It cannot, for Life must reveal Itself to us through our
intelligence. The pent-up energy of life, and the possibility of
further human evolution, work through man’s imagination and will. The
time is now; the place is where we are, and it is done unto us as we
Prayer Is Essential
to Happiness. Prayer is not an act of overcoming God’s
reluctance, but should be an active acceptance of God's highest
willingness. Through prayer we recognize a spiritual law, that has
always existed, and put ourselves in alignment with it. The law of
electricity might have been used by Moses had he understood this law.
Emerson said: “Is not prayer a study of truth, a sally of the Soul
into the unfound Infinite?”
Prayer is constructive,
because it enables us to establish closer contact with the Fountain of
Wisdom, and we are less likely to be influenced by appearances around
us — to judge “according to appearance.” Righteous prayer sets
the “law of the Spirit of Life” in motion for us.
Prayer is essential, not to
the salvation of the soul, for the soul is never lost; but to the
conscious well-being of the soul that does not understand itself.
There is a vitality in our communion with the Infinite, which is
productive of the highest good. As fire warms the body, as food
strengthens us, as sunshine raises our spirits, so there is a subtle
transfusion of some invisible force in such communion, weaving
itself into the very warp and woof of our own mentalities. This
conscious commingling of our thought with Spirit is essential to the
well-being of every part of us.
Prayer has stimulated countless
millions of people to higher thoughts and nobler deeds. That which
tends to connect our minds with the Universal Mind lets in a flood
of Its consciousness. If we think of God as a Heavenly Dictator —
something apart from that which lives and moves and has Its being
where we are — then we are certain to believe ourselves
disconnected from this Infinite Presence; and the inevitable
consequence of such thinking would he a terrible fear that we should never
be able to make contact with Him! But if we know God as an
Indwelling Presence, our prayer is naturally addressed to this
Presence in us. We long for, and need, a conscious union with the
Infinite. This is as necessary to the nature and intellect of man, as
food is to the well-being of his physical body.
Prayer Is Its Own
Answer. Cause and effect are but two sides of thought, and
Spirit, being ALL, is both Cause and Effect. Prayer, then, is its own
answer. The Bible tells us: “Before they call will I answer.”
Before our prayer is framed in words, God has already answered, but
if our prayer is one of partial belief, then there is only a tendency
toward its answer; if the next day we wholly doubt, then there is
no answer at all. In dealing with Mind (Spirit), we are dealing with a
Force we cannot fool. We cannot cheat Principle out of the slightest
shadow of our most subtle concept. The hand writes and passes on, but
the writing remains; and the only thing that can erase it is writing
of a different character. There is no obstruction one cannot dissipate
by the power of Truth.
So we learn to go deeply within
ourselves, and speak as though there were a Presence there that knows;
and we should take the time to unearth this hidden cause, to penetrate
this inner chamber of consciousness. It is most worthwhile to
commune with Spirit—to sense and feel It. The approach to Spirit
is direct . . . through our own consciousness.
This Spirit flows through us.
Whatever intelligence we have is this Spirit in us. Prayer is its own
answer. We can be certain that there is an Intelligence in the
Universe to which we may come, that will guide and inspire us, a love
which overshadows. God is real to the one who believes in the Supreme
Spirit, real to the soul that senses its unity with the Whole.
day and every hour we are meeting the eternal realities of life, and
in such degree as we co-operate with these eternal realities in love,
in peace, in wisdom, and in joy—believing and receiving—we are
automatically blessed. Our prayer is answered before it is uttered.
Ernest Holmes has given us
lots to think about. But, we must do more than think, we must
pray and pray affirmatively on a daily basis and perhaps for some
several times each day in order to erase the noise and the nonsense of
the world that is imposed upon our mind. Prayer can be healing
and a renewing but only if we make it a part of our life experience.
is mankind's greatest power" stated W. Clement Stone,
noted businessman, philanthropist and author,
and this is the truth
for everyone, everywhere.
SO IT IS!
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