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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for August 29, 2010 

                                          "God is my help in every need; God does my every hunger feed; God walks beside me, guides my way through every moment of the day. ... I now am wise, I now am true, patient, kind, and loving too.  All things I am, can do, and be through Christ, the Truth that is in me. ... God is my health, I can't be sick; God is my strength, unfailing, quick; God is my all; I know no fear, since God and love and Truth are here." - Hannah More Kohaus, The Prayer of Faith 

      This week I received the Unity booklet, "Wherever You Are God Is ..." which includes the above prayer by Hannah More Kohaus, and a request that I teach the 5-Steps in Prayer-Treatment.  Knowing that everything comes to us from Spirit, I took this as divine guidance and know that I am being directed to do something that I absolutely love to do ... teach and talk about the effectiveness of prayer-treatment.  It has always been my suggestion that no matter what we may be experiencing in life, we can "open our mind to prayer" and we will realize the solution that is right for us, every time.  Prayer-treatment is the art of using words to create more good or to increase the good in our life experience.

     The simplicity of prayer is powerful and as Dr. Holmes writes in "The Science of Mind," we cannot discount the results of "blind faith" in regards to prayer.  Prayer must "convince" us, not G-d, that what we desire to have, to be, or to do, is ours for the asking.  As long as it does not seek to take anything away from anyone else, especially their freedom to choose.  This "convincing" has a lot to do with acceptance, with faith, with belief, and with persistence.  Our "conviction" must be greater than our doubts, greater than our fears, and greater than our worries.  And for some of us, this takes a great deal of convincing to get to the point, in mind, where we are powerfully certain that the thing we pray for, is ours.

In the scriptures we can read:  "But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind." (James 1:6)  I believe we would all like to have more confidence in our prayers and a realization that the Infinite responds to us affirmatively.  Prayer-treatment has been given many different names and has been taught by every legitimate metaphysical teacher/minister in different forms.  Some have taught the use of 3-Steps, others 6 or 7, but the most widely used is the 5-Steps of Prayer-Treatment.  The 5-Steps merely identify the mental process of prayer that is very natural for all of us.  So natural that several of the mental processes identified in the 5-Steps, are used in all forms of prayer either consciously or unconsciously.  The 5-Steps were identified from the method in which the Master Mind Jesus prayed in the ancient scriptures.

     The 5-Steps of Prayer-Treatment are identified as follows:  1) Recognition, 2) Unity/Identification, 3) Realization/Declaration, 4) Thanksgiving/Acceptance, 5) Release.

     This week, we will focus on Step 1, Recognition ... and will complete the remaining of the 5-Steps in the next few lessons.  In the evolutionary science of mind, we believe, as did the Master Mind Jesus, Isaiah and all the great mystics, that G-d is All; Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient ... everywhere present, all-power, and all-knowing.  There is no power to oppose G-d or to obstruct the good that we seek to experience ... "besides me there is none other" we can read in the ancient scriptures.  In our recognition that G-d is All-in-All; Principle ... we know that we are turning to that which knows and does, and in this recognition we go from trying to "make something happen" to "letting something happen."  This is key to our receiving the results that we seek in prayer.  As the Master Mind Jesus declared:  "I of mine own self can do nothing, it is the Father that doeth the work."  Our "recognition" alone of G-d's Presence right where we are, can often reveal peace where there is confusion, or health where there is discomfort.

It is important that we "recognize" what we believe about G-d, or believe God to be, for our "belief" is our God.  If we believe that God is in the heavens, then that is the God we "recognize" in this first step in treatment.  If we believe that we reach God by praying to Jesus and the Saints, then that is what we do ... although I don't think Jesus would do this.  In Ms. Kohaus' "Prayer of Faith," she writes:  "God walks beside me" ... these would not be the words I would use to "recognize" G-d, yet, I know that these words are authentic and important to the author and a great many other people.  We must all begin right where we are ... with the belief that we have established in our mind at the moment in which we pray.  We cannot feign a consciousness that we do not possess, nor would we want to.  G-d will respond to each of us "according to our belief."  And, as the Spirit-filled Jesus stated, "I know that you heareth me always" ... and this is the truth for all of us.

Dr. Ernest Holmes, following the philosophy of the Master Mind Jesus, wrote these words as his "Recognition" of G-d:  "I know that there is One Presence, One Power, One Life, One Intelligence, One Substance. It is perfect, whole, complete, and harmonious. It is the source of all things and is in and through all things. There is nothing separate from It. There is nothing that can limit Its action, there is nothing that can be separate from Its action. It always knows what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. It is the limitless source of every good thing. It is all joy, all happiness, love, harmony, and perfection in all that It is and does."


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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