”And I say unto you, Ask,
and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall
be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he
that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” -
attributed to Jesus, Luke 11:9-10, Holy Bible, KJV
is always the solution, for God is "... a very present help in
times of trouble." [Psalm 46:1] You are instructed to
"pray believing" and you will receive. If this is so -
and daily proofs surround us - then prayer is the greatest force in all
the world. ... Prayer is contacting, communicating, and aligning your
thought with the Infinite Intelligence which responds to the nature of
your thought and belief. Prayer will bring forth whatever you want
and need in your life, if you conform to the laws of your mind
purposefully, sincerely, and righteously. Prayer constantly is
bringing about the seemingly impossible and healing the so-called
incurable. In the history of man [human race], there is no
conceivable problem that at some time has not been solved by
prayer." - Joseph Murphy, The Amazing Laws of Cosmic Mind
[Psalm 46:1 - "God is our refuge and
strength, a very present help in trouble."]
all varieties of mundane religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall
deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear." -
Bhagavad-Gita 1500 BC
As we approach the mystical holidays of
Hanukkah and Christmas, prayer has become present in my mind even more
often than usual. Throughout this ministry it has been my
consistent mission to teach people to pray, and to pray often. So
many of us wait until we have an urgency or an emergency before we turn
to our Maker in prayer ... and for so many of us, this causes us to face
struggles that are unnecessary. As we can note from the statement
taken from the Bhagavad-Gita above, prayer has been considered essential
for a healthy mind, body and spirit, for thousands of years. From
the Bhagavad-Gita to the Torah to the Bible, prayer has been woven
through the mystery of our relationship with G-d, as we have evolved our
Both Jesus and Krishna before him, taught that
we are to turn to G-d always ... first with love for G-d, and then for
the blessings of the Spirit. Yet, too often religions have
separated us from the unconditional Love that G-d has for us, by
inventing rules, regulations, and dogma that create doubt, guilt, shame
and fear in our hearts and minds. In the Bhagavad-Gita we can
read, "Do not fear." ... and the
Master Mind Jesus stated, "Fear not little
flock for it is the Father's good pleasure to give to you."
We are told we are born in "sin" and even those who tell us
there is no "sin" will tell us we "don't have the
consciousness." And if we believe either of these "false
ideas" we have separated ourselves from G-d in our spirit. In
the scripture we can read in the Book of Habakkuk 1:13 "Thou
art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity
..." This is Truth revealed, but not necessarily
understood then, nor by very many people now. Yet, it is very
simple, there is no G-d of reward and punishment, but instead
Divine-Intelligence has created a universal Law of Cause and Effect, or
as Jesus stated, a Law of Sowing and Reaping.
So, now that we understand that G-d is always
available and the Laws of G-d are always supporting us in our Good ... "just
surrender unto Me" ... and in
practice, this means to "depend on
G-d, not person, place or thing" ...
and to "surrender" to that, in our mind, that fosters joy,
happiness, love, peace and harmony. And this is the basis of the
radical Jesus' teaching, "ask,
and it shall be given you" ...
and we all know these words, but some of us have failed to fully
understand them due to the translation of the language of Jesus into the
languages that we understand. In the language of Jesus, "ask"
means to "claim" ... it other
words, we must "name it and claim
it" if we are to receive it.
This not something new for those of you who have been following this
ministry, but for many people it is a new idea that they have yet to
To understand the process of "claiming
and receiving" we can recognize how we feel when we claim
that which is ours. Do we feel a sense of ownership? Now,
that we "have it" ... has "having it" changed us?
Now that we "have it" does it still hold the same level of
appeal to us? Are we willing for everyone to have the same thing
if they want it? Has "having it" affected our
relationship with G-d, our Provider in a positive way? Do we still
want to expand the good that we have received? The answers to
these questions are very important for whatever it is that we have
"received" must provide an affirmative answer to all these
questions ... in other words, "YES"
... to every question.
Let's go back to "basics" and realize
that as we "claim" the good that is ours to experience by
right of "desire" [of the Father], we must be steadfast and
immovable in our faith that it is "ours" to "claim"
... in other words, we must feel this increased good, is a natural
progression of our spiritual awareness to experience "having
it." When the radical Jesus stated,
"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it
more abundantly" ... we must believe that this "I"
is within us too ... and know that It is seeking to express life more
abundantly through us ... enough to share and to spare.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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