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                   "Psalm 34:4 "I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." - (KJV) Holy Bible

            "Do not be afraid to talk to God, always remembering that God speaks a certain kind of language and there is nothing negative in it.  We believe in prayerful, affirmative meditation above everything else.  We believe in actually talking to God and then letting God answer.  But perhaps in our confusion we talked "at God" rather than "to" Him.  We have told Him how terrible everything is, how unhappy we are. ... Try this:  Sit or lie in complete repose, and then tell God how wonderful He is and how glad you are, how grateful.  It is at times like these that we are really tuning in to the Divine, and the Divine will always respond to us.  We shall always receive the comfort and consolation we need, the inward sense of security and well-being that everyone must have to be happy and whole."
- Ernest Holmes, Living the Science of Mind

     
We can clearly see in the ancient scriptures and in Dr. Holmes' words that we can talk to G-d and we are heard and responded to.  Not just some of us, but all of us, if we use the language that gives the Infinite something definite to respond to.  As we understand that G-d and Good are the same, then we know that the Infinite responds to that which announces the good.  The Master Mind Jesus understood this when he stated that we must speak to what is good and beautiful ... "blessed are the pure in heart," he said, and so we know that to be pure in heart is to live with our mind focused on the things of the Spirit; joy, happiness, peace, love, harmony, beauty, wisdom and abundance.  G-d, being infinite, can respond to these things for they are of the Nature of G-d.

     Let's look at this in a practical way, and let us say that two different people want a new car and so they both pray for one.  One has already taken the car of their choice for a test drive and have truly created a mental equivalent of having it in their mind.  Now, this person's prayer would be something like:  "I am accepting for my self a beautiful and luxurious 2010 black Cadillac Escalade.  This car gives me a great feeling of joy and happiness.  I feel so connected to the Good as I sit in this car and I know that joy and happiness are always G-d's desire for me.  I believe that in the Mind of G-d this car is mine and it unfolds in Divine Law and Order, now."  Since this person acted in faith and took the car for a test drive, the words in the prayer are the truth and by describing the feelings associated with the car, there is enthusiasm and confidence contained in the prayer that has attracting power.

     
Now the second person hasn't taken the time to choose the car that they want, they just want a new car.  Now this person's prayer would be something like:  "I am praying and believing for a car.  I need a car and I hope and pray that God blesses me with one."  Now, there is no feeling described in this prayer ... nothing about joy, happiness, love ... it is devoid of choice, or something definite other than in a broad sense a car.  What if he or she receives a car that doesn't run? ... has worn-out tires and leaks oil?  Wouldn't that still be an answer to the prayer?  After all, it would be a car ... but who would want that as an answer to their prayer?

     
Many people fail to fully entertain in their minds the things that they pray for before they pray ... even those who believe that G-d responds to them.  In other words, we just don't spend the time necessary to know what we really want and speak up about it, because we have failed to be "lifted up" in our mind by the things we pray for.  To "speak up" means to be definite and specific ... not just about the thing, but also about how it brings us closer to G-d by giving us a greater awareness of G-d within us ... that is, the joy, happiness, love and peace ... within us.  As Dr. Holmes writes: 
"But perhaps in our confusion we talked "at God" rather than "to" Him.  We have told Him how terrible everything is, how unhappy we are."   I believe with all my heart that the Infinite desires to provide for us all things, through Love and Law, for this allows It to express a greater measure of Itself as us, through us ... and this means the things of the Spirit.  It does not matter whether we pray for a new car, a new relationship, the healing of our current relationship, for greater health, or for peace of mind ... the Infinite responds to the "spirit" that these things awaken within us ... the joy and happiness, peace of mind, and the love.

   
Let's not allow ourselves to be distracted by the nonsense that seeking material things is not spiritual.  How else could we know that G-d wants us to have the desires of our hearts.  The Infinite has given us enough for everyone and to share and to spare, let's not let the foolishness of the race-mind to convince us otherwise.  From the Holy Bible (NIV): 
Isaiah 29:13 The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men."  

    
As we "speak up" to the joy and happiness that our desires instill within us, we are speaking "to G-d" ... not at God.  We are putting into words what we feel, what we are enthusiastic about, what is appealing to us, and what is bringing us a greater sense of being One with All the Good that G-d Is.  And in doing so, we are creating an attraction within our mind to all that supports us in our good.

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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