From – Tape 345 Side Two
The Nature of Prayer – Power
By Joel Goldsmith
Now God is spirit and must be worshipped in spirit and in truth and I give this to you as a starter that you are not praying when you are speaking or thinking thoughts. No matter how holy you believe your prayers are if they have in them speech or thought you are not praying. You may be setting the stage for prayer. You may be going through a preliminary stage leading to prayer. We do that in what we call contemplative meditation which is contemplative prayer when we close our eyes and silently realize God is closer to me than breathing nearer than hands and feet, where I am God is. All that the Father hath is mine.
I can never live or move or have my being outside of God for I am in God and God is in me for we are one. This is not prayer. This is a contemplative form of prayer or meditation in which we contemplate truth for the purpose of quieting our inner thoughts and fears and doubts. In other words we are faced with an appearance of the world coming to the end and we get frightened and we want to get calm. And in order to do that we close our eyes to the appearance and realize God, “thou art closer to me than breathing, thou art closer to me than the end of the world, and if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me. And if the world does end and if a bomb blows it up I will fear no evil for thou art with me and if I am where thou art I cannot be separated from life, Consciousness, love.
So whether it’s in this world or the next world I will fear no evil.” And by this time our inner fears have been stilled and now we can enter prayer which is a state of union with God that has neither words nor thoughts but is merely an opportunity for the free flow of the spirit of God within us.