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True Prayer
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What did Jesus say about Prayer?

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray,believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive... Mark 11:23-25

Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. Mark 14:38

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray,use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:6-8

All things are possible with prayer, and with God. All prayers are answered. God knows the prayer of the heart before any words are spoken. True Prayer is Communion with God. Thoughts, wishes, and desires are forms of prayer. Jesus instructed us to be watchful of our thoughts, for we receive as we ask.
A prayer to know the Will of God is answered instantaneously.

What is Prayer?

Prayer is a way of asking for something. It is the medium of miracles. But the only meaningful prayer is for forgiveness, because those who have been forgiven have everything. Once forgiveness has been accepted, prayer in the usual sense becomes utterly meaningless. The prayer for forgiveness
is nothing more than a request that you may be able to recognize what you already have. In electing perception instead of knowledge, you placed yourself in a position where you could resemble your Father
only by perceiving miraculously. You have lost the knowledge that you yourself are a miracle of God. Creation [Love] is your Source and your only real function.

The Bible emphasizes that all prayer is answered, and this is indeed true. The very fact that the Holy Spirit has been asked for anything will ensure a response. Yet it is equally certain that no response given by Him will
ever be one that would increase fear. It is possible that His answer will not be heard. It is impossible, however,that it will be lost. There are many answers you have already received but have not yet heard. Be assured that they are waiting for you.

There is no Will but God's

The following prayers are helpful steps for turning
over hearts and minds to the Will of God.
His Will is Your Own.

The Serenity Prayer

Expect not that the world will change.
Opt instead, to change the way that you perceive
the world, yourself and your brother.
Pray for a peaceful state of mind.

God, grant me the Serenity
To accept the things I cannot change...
Courage to change the things I can,
And Wisdom to know the difference.

*Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
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Your will is but God's.
Let Him work through you
What we give, we would receive.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred ... let me sow love
Where there is injury ... pardon
Where there is doubt ... faith
Where there is despair ... hope
Where there is darkness ... light
Where there is sadness ... joy
Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled ... as to console
To be understood ... as to understand,
To be loved ... as to love
For it is in giving ... that we receive,
It is in pardoning ... that we are pardoned,
It is in dying ... that we are born to eternal life

The Lord's Prayer

This rendition of the Lord's Prayer
may be helpful in interpreting the meaning of the original.

Our Father, Who establishes Heaven,
All that is Real and all that is True.

Hallowed be, is Thy Presence
 Let us give Reverence only to You

Thy Kingdom is here with us and in us.
Let us be aware of it,
For it is our true home

Let us realize there is no will apart from Yours.
None that can bring us harm or loss,
or offer us anything that You have not already established in us.

Thank you this day for our daily and eternal
provisions,for You sustain us perfectly always.

Thank You for Your judgment that sees us holy and innocent
That washes us free of all we thought we were sinful for.

May we look on all others with Your true judgment also,
Saying to them "You are Holy,
You who exists in God's Holy Mind
has no ideas of sin, you are free"

Thank you Father for leading us to our true senses,
for delivering us from the belief...
loss of any kind or in any way could be real
and that we could reside in an unreal place,
apart from You and with any power but Yours.

For Yours is the only Kingdom, infinite and eternal
All powerful, all Loving and Glorious
and all that is real abide in
forever and ever.

Prayer For Guidance

Surrender to God the power of your mind,
that his Holy Thoughts would be heard.
Relinquish all other interests but to be
the way he created you.
Step back
and let Him lead the way.

Father, I give You all my thoughts today. I would have none of mine. In place of them, give me Your Own. I give You all my acts as well, that I may do Your Will instead of seeking goals which cannot be obtained, and wasting time in vain imaginings. Today I come to You. I will step back and merely follow You. Be You the Guide, and I the follower who questions not the wisdom of the Infinite, nor Love whose tenderness I cannot comprehend, but which is yet Your perfect gift to me.

*The Truly Helpful Prayer*
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You can do much on behalf of your own healing and that
of others if, in a situation calling for help, you think of it this way:

I am here only to be truly helpful. I am here to represent Him Who sent me. I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because He Who sent me will direct me. I am content to be wherever He wishes, knowing He goes there with me. I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.

Radiating Christ

A Prayer of Mother Teresa
Be a Witness for the Light of Christ

Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Yours. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus!
Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine, so to shine as to be a light to others; the light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine: it will be You shining on others through me. Let me thus praise You in the way You love best: by shining on those around me. Let me preach You without preaching, not by words, but by my example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You. Amen.


Prayer for Non-Judgment

If you are in judgment, you are not seeing with Christ's
vision. Perception and knowledge have no meeting place.
Let your own perception be exchanged for Peace.

Father, help me to be honest with myself today. Show me that I do not already know what must remain beyond my present seeing, that I will not think I understand the whole of your creation from bits of my perception, which are all that I can see. Let me recognize that this is so. Let me be relieved of judgments that I cannot make, that I may free myself and what I look upon, to be in peace as God created us. Father, today I leave creation free to be itself. I honor all its parts, in which I am included. We are one because each part contains Your memory, and truth must shine in all of us as one. Amen.


From Prayer to Communion

Be Still and Know That I Am God.

In stillness we will hear God's Voice today without intrusion of our petty thoughts, without our personal desires, and without all judgment of His holy Word. The motivating factor for healing is prayer, or asking. What you ask for you receive. But this refers to the prayer of the heart, not to the words you use in praying. Sometimes the words and the prayer are contradictory; sometimes they agree. It does not matter. Words can be helpful, particularly for the beginner, in helping concentration and facilitating the control, of
extraneous thoughts. Let us not forget, however, that words are but symbols of symbols. They are thus twice removed from reality.

Communion, not prayer, is the natural state of those who know. God and His miracle are inseparable. How beautiful indeed are the Thoughts of God who live in His Light! Your worth is beyond perception because it is beyond doubt. Do not perceive yourself in different lights. Know yourself in the One Light
where the miracle that is you is perfectly clear.

Thank You God, that your Will for me is Perfect Peace and Love.






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