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
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.
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.
Holmes, following the philosophy of the Master Mind Jesus, wrote these
words as his "Recognition" of G-d:
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."
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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