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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for October 22, 2006 

       "There may always be a human sense of separation; but the reality is that we can never be separated.  What accounts for that sometimes persistent sense of separation?  It begins with us at the moment we start to believe in two powers:  God and something else. - Dr. O. C. Smith, Founding Minister, City of Angels Church of Religious Science, Los Angeles, California; Grammy Award Singer, Author, 1936-2001

       Throughout the years many metaphysical writers have written their interpretations of the "Lord's Prayer" and some have gone so far as to translate it into the Aramaic, which was the language of Jesus.  But, translations are useless unless we understand the spirit in which the prayer was given and interpretations fall short unless we can greater understand and use the prayer to our own benefit or the benefit of the world.  This prayer has been in the collective consciousness for centuries ... and is therefore in the "subjective" mind of mankind ... and its benefits are Universal.

     Keep uppermost in your mind, as you read this message, that Jesus was Jewish ... His belief in one, all-powerful God made Him, and the Jewish People unique in ancient times. And the Jewish concept of God is Judaism's legacy to the Western world ... and is the same Principle taught in the Science of Mind. Having stated this, the following is my interpretation of the "Lord's Prayer" and some of it will be familiar to you ... and some of it may not be, and some of it I have borrowed from others:

Our Father which art in heaven,
Dr. O. C. Smith writes in his book, "Little Green Apples," ... when Jesus uttered the Lord's Prayer, the greatest prayer ever spoken, He began it by saying, "Our Father" - yours and mine - because He knew that this Infinite Presence and Love that God Is, which permeates the Universe and created us, is the same loving Presence that created Him.  In other words, what Jesus was seeking to share with us was the Truth that we are all made out of the same substance, the same "stuff."
     Therefore when we pray, we don't pray to It; we pray "as It."  Jesus said, "I and my Father [this Infinite Love and Wisdom] are One."  He knew there was no place where It ended and He began.  That is why He said, "our."  He knew that the same Principle applied to all mankind throughout eternity.  We can never be separated from this Loving Presence.

Hallowed be Thy name.
    When we recognize, God, Infinite Presence, we recognize the sacredness of our One-ness with Its nature; love, peace, harmony, joy, happiness, beauty and intelligence.  And as we enter into this Presence in our mind, we align ourselves with Its nature ... and It responds to us.

Thy kingdom is come,
     All that God Is, is Good ... and this Good is available to us now ... but, it is up to us to accept it and "let" God work through us in expressing the Good that we desire.  It is the Truth that God can only do for us ... what God can do through us ... in other words we must heal our mind of anything that prevents us from realizing that the Infinite supports us in our Good.

Thy will be done,
    Since God has created us as volitional beings ... with the ability to choose ... God's will for us is to choose ... and it will be done unto us as we choose ... through our thoughts, our beliefs and our willingness to demonstrate faith.

     On earth as it is in heaven.
     Nothing is withheld from us.  Nothing ... if we can only believe that we "have it now."  And we don't have to believe that we have it in the "physical" ... only in the "spirit" ... and this "believing" is the state of our mind that allows God to manifest our Good in our human affairs ... through us ... right here where we are ... just as we know it is so in mind.  In affirmative prayer ... we bring heaven [that which we are in the spirit of] to earth ... into the situations, circumstances and conditions of our life.

  Give us this day our daily bread;
    Not only does God answer our prayers for the things we think are important, but for even the smallest of things that we may want or need.  God is the Source of everything, and in this statement we are acknowledging that we understand this ... and we accept our Good.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
     Our mind must be free and open to the Divine impulse of ideas and guidance.  As long as we are thinking someone owes us something ... or that we owe someone something ... our mind is not "free" ... it is being disturbed by an un-truth ... in the spirit there is no debt for on this higher level of Mind, we are One ... these debts are not financial ... they are spiritual; shame, blame, guilt, etc. ... in this statement we free ourselves from the false belief in karma ... and in the moment we do, our mind is open to the influx of power and guidance of Spirit.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
     Dr. Joseph Murphy has stated over and over again that "nothing is good or bad, only thinking makes it so" ... and in this higher understanding of life we are free from "self-depreciation" ... the temptation to put ourselves down and the temptation to put someone else down ... both which create a negative atmosphere in our minds.  Our thoughts cannot be focused on that which is for an expansion and increase of Good in our life ... if we are dwelling on the negative.  All that we are is Good [God].

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.
    All Life Is God ... there is none other.  All Power Is God ... any seeming other-power is an illusion of our minds.  Whatever we accomplish, is for the glory of God ... for without the Spirit of Life within us, working through us, as us and for us ... we can do nothing.  The Master Mind Jesus stated, "I of mine own self ... can do nothing" ... and neither can we.

     The Lord's Prayer is a spiritual mind treatment in that each statement creates an "action" in mind ... an action that creates an expansion in mind of our relationship with God ... empowering us to live a more fulfilling and abundant life.


Keep the faith!
Rev. Hank Bates

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