Infinite Way Letter
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 5 of 7
THE PART WE PLAY (cont’d)
Seeking Within Reveals the Nature of Prayer
This unfoldment which was given in meditation again brings forth the necessity of understanding that prayer has nothing to do with seeking a person, a condition, or a thing from God. Throughout this entire revelation we are told to turn within, to seek Me, to come unto Me, to listen for the Word. This can be of benefit only if it can make you see what has been wrong with our former understanding of prayer.
Much of our prayer has been devoted to acquainting God with our desires; telling Him what we needed and what conditions we would like corrected or changed. Altogether too frequently it has been an attempt to influence God to do our bidding: whereas, prayer, as we are now beginning to comprehend, is a conscious attunement or at-one-ment with God, so that His blessing may flow unto us.
It is the nature of the sun to express light and warmth. Consequently, when we walk in the sunlight, we have no thought of asking for light and warmth—we merely accept them and enjoy them. The nature of God is love: therefore, there is no need to pray in terms of what we desire to receive from God. Simply entering into the Presence bestows the fullness of Life, Truth, Love—without taking thought, without taking thought, without asking, without praying for them. So think of yourself as walking out into the sunlight, being enfolded in its light and warmth. Think further of entering into communion with God, being enveloped and surrounded by the radiance of the Presence, in which the divine qualities and activities are revealed as the harmonies of your experience. For just as the sun expresses itself as light and warmth, so does God express Itself as harmony, wholeness, completeness, perfection, dominion, power, joy, and peace.
Students, can you not see how we are being led ever higher and higher in the unfoldment of prayer, to that place where, ultimately, we will find ourselves in the very presence of God? The purpose is to elevate us into an attitude and atmosphere of conscious union and attunement, in which we are at one with the Father; into the conscious realization of divine Love, ever enveloping, enfolding, attending us. In this understanding, prayer, and the necessity to pray without ceasing, becomes the most important and joyous part of our lives, does it not?
Let us endeavor to outgrow the belief that prayer is acquainting God with our troubles, or that prayer is asking for blessings of some specific nature. Let us, rather, think of prayer as an attitude of holy communion, in which we rise into the higher atmosphere of Spirit, wherein prayer is recognized to be the Word of God which is to unfold from within. How vastly different is our attitude when all problems are left outside the door, and we turn to God solely for the privilege of sitting at the foot of the Throne, thereby letting the glories of God’s grace be unfolded and revealed!
End Part 5