1952 New Washington Series
Joel S. Goldsmith
tape 6B – 8th Chapter Romans
Higher concept of prayer, a higher concept than we’ve heretofore known is that concept in which we raise ourselves to the listening attitude and receive our assurance. Now then, whatever it is that has brought us to prayer receives directly the answering response. Let us illustrate that: just let us suppose that we need better employment than we have. Now we’re not going to pray for better employment, but we know that that’s our human need, or it seems to be our human need. At least that is the subject that’s driving us into prayer. And so, as we sit in our corner, and the first thing we realize, “Of course I know that’s not my actual need, and I know that’s nothing to pray for, but what I want to determine right now is what is my need and how do I pray for it?” And of course, the first thing that comes is, “Well, if I had the actual awareness of the presence of God, if I had God right here beside me visibly, I would have no further need, because God is fulfillment. I am come that ye might be fulfilled, and so all we have to do is have an awareness of that presence of the I, and we would be fulfilled in every way, and so then it isn’t employment that we’re going to pray for. It’s the awareness or consciousness of the presence of that I.
And so now we repeat to ourselves all the statements we can think of that have to do with the presence of God. Oh, before Abraham was I Am. That’s an assurance that we’ve never been separated from God. Lo I am with you unto the end of the world. That’s an assurance that we will never be separated from God. I will never leave you nor forsake you. That’s an assurance that we’ve never been separated from God, and, so we would rehearse in our mind everything that we could remember that would be a reassurance to us. Probably we would remember Moses in the desert and his proof of Omnipresence. Probably we would remember Elijah, or we may remember Jesus with his multitudes—feeding them and healing them, and getting gold from the fish’s mouth, and walking on water, and stilling the storm. All of those things would come to our mind and give us the reassurance of our oneness with God. And then the first thing you know a sense of peace would come over us, and we’d sit still and listen for a little while, and then would come some inner assurance of God’s presence, and that’s all. That’s all—no more to do with employment, nothing.
The activity of that truth, the activity of the presence of God in our consciousness will go out, and if it’s employment we need, It will get it for us or if it’s an oil well or a diamond mine, It will get it for us without our taking any thought about it. All that we have to take thought for is the remembrance of our oneness with God and our inseparability from God and of God’s omnipotence and omnipresence.
Well now, in the same way, let us say that somebody has asked you for help, has asked you to pray for them, for their health, has asked you for spiritual help, for your prayers, and so again, you’re going to sit down, and the first thing you’re going to do is forget who it is that phoned you and what they phoned you for or asked you for, because now that they have made the contact with you, and asked you for the help, you’re through now. You’re not going to pray for them, and you’re not going to pray their disease away.
Now you’re going to sit down and say, “All right Father, what am I here for?” Again comes the answer, “To realize more of God.” So again, you go through in your mind whatever it is that you can remember out of all of your metaphysical reading or scriptural reading, out of all the teachings and classes and lectures you’ve heard. You’d remember as many things as you could about God and God’s presence and God’s power, the universality of God, and all the rest of these things, and by the time you got through, again that feeling of peace would come upon you, and you’d sit and rejoice in it for a while. You wouldn’t rejoice that you had power over evil. You remember how the Master rebuked that. You wouldn’t rejoice that your treatment was going to get rid of a disease. You wouldn’t rejoice that the devil got chased away just because you came on the scene with prayer—no! Your only rejoicing would be, “Why my name is writ in heaven. I’m right there in the presence of God. I feel God’s presence. I’m one of the heavenly hosts,” and that’s all you’d rejoice in, and that’s all you’d have to rejoice in, and quicker than Jack Robinson you’d get a call, “I am better. I feel better, I’m getting better, or I’m completely healed.”
Oh yes you would, if you prayed aright, if you prayed so that the Spirit of God that dwells in you, could raise up this mortal body of whomever it is that called. And so you would prove again that the activity of truth or activity of God in your consciousness had become the law of health unto those who called upon you. I want this point to get more and more clear in your thought so that you actually know that when the Spirit of Truth is active in your consciousness, first perhaps through your rehearsing it, then through your receptivity in which you let It flow into you, that that activity of truth in your consciousness becomes the law of healing to whoever it is that has called upon you for help.
Remember in this higher concept of treatment and prayer we do not project our thought out and say, “Mary Jones you are better or you are spiritual or you are well.” Our treatment has nothing to do with anybody out there. Our treatment has to do with the realization that the Spirit of God dwells in us, and that the Spirit of God that dwells in us will raise up these mortal bodies. But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead, that is if the Spirit of God dwell in you, then He that raised up Christ from the dead, that is God, shall also quicken your mortal bodies or your patients or your students or your children or your grandchildren or your parents, but the Spirit of God must be there to do it: not your statements of truth or mine, not your repetition of my statements. We’re warned against vain repetitions. We’re warned against praying in public places where men can see.