The only time that you will find a benefit, a lasting permanent benefit from prayer, is when you do not seek God to do anything. When you are satisfied to experience God’s Presence, for God is Light and in Him is no darkness. God is Omnipotence, and when there is the Presence of God, there is no other power. You will find that meditation is not as difficult as it seems. Once you go to God with no desires, without wanting God to be a power over something, just for the purpose, “Here I am, Father, that I may be where thou art, thou art where I am, that we may be one.” That’s all. That, if that is your pure motive when you go into meditation, meditation will not be difficult.
You see God cannot be reached through the human mind. You can accept that as having been proven for a million years. God cannot be reached through any activity of the human mind. It is only when you can be still. It is only in stillness, in quietness, and in confidence that God can be realized. It is only when the senses are still. It is only when you can be still and know that I am God. Be still. This I that dwells in the midst of you is God. When It utters Its Voice, the Earth melteth. When the still, small Voice utters Itself, the discords and inharmonies of sense evaporate. But you see, it is not you thinking that does it. It is when you are not thinking. In the moment that ye think not, the bridegroom cometh. In the moment that ye take no thought for your life, the Spirit answers. When you are still and no desire except that God reveal himself. I in the midst of me is mighty. Be still and know that I in the midst of me is God. Let the Voice of God utter Itself, and the Earth will melt.
God is not in the storm. God is not in the whirlwind. God is not out there in the cyclone. God is in the still, small voice, which you hear. You don’t declare it. You don’t say it. You don’t think it. You hear it. And therefore, when you go into your meditation, you go in with a hearing ear. You might hold this ear open this way. Not that you’ll hear God with your human ear, but this symbolizes for us Spiritual listening. In other words, it is the inner ear that is kept open. It merely helps us to take that attitude. It is the inner ear that hears. It is the inner eye that sees. And therefore, just be still and listen. Speak Lord, thy servant heareth. Above all, Father, I’m not seeking thee for any reason. Just to be in thy Presence, to know thy Grace. And in that listening attitude, a response comes within us of one nature or another.
You see God is closer to us than breathing and nearer than hands and feet. And God is not hiding himself from us. We are setting up the barrier ourselves by our desires, by our thoughts, by our false theology that has taught us that God does things to error. God doesn’t do anything to error, because error hasn’t any power to resist God with. All of the evil that ever was in the world is nothing but a sense of separation from God, the absence of God, for where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom, harmony, peace, joy, abundance.
Be assured of this. Moses did not pray to God to open the Red Sea. Moses merely stood still in the realization that the Presence of God was within him. The place whereon I stand is holy ground, and then standing there quietly, peacefully God could operate and open the Red Sea. Be assured that Moses never prayed for manna to fall from the sky. He knew God was not his servant. His prayer could only have been the realization of Omnipotence and Omnipresence. Here where I am, God is, and that is enough for me to know. And then being still, let the human mind be still. Let all the world be still, and then the Presence of God appears as manna.
Jesus could never have prayed for anyone’s healing nor is there any record in the New Testament that he ever did pray for anyone’s healing. Oh no, he just looked up to the Father and declared there was no other Presence. To the crippled man, “what did hinder you?” To the blind man, “open your eyes.” Even to Lazarus who was dead, he said, “I need not pray.” Of course not. Why should God do something after man asks him to. Isn’t that ridiculous? God is the All-Knowing and the All-Loving. Does He need man to remind Him of His function? Oh no, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God is the same from everlasting to everlasting. Then prayer is just standing still and realizing that.
I need not ask you Father to heal anybody. I need only rejoice in thy ever Presence. I need only rejoice that you are too pure to behold inequity. Thou art no respecter of persons. Thy rain falls on the just and the unjust. The woman taken in adultery is forgiven the very moment she wants it. The thief on the cross is forgiven in the very moment that he wants it. No waiting. Why? God is Omnipresence. God is Omnipotence. God does not have to be commanded by man. God does not have to be requested by man or prayed to by man. God needs only to be realized. Here where I am, Father, thou art. All that thou art, I am. All that thou hast is mine. Son, thou hast said, “thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” It needs only this realization. And the inner peace that follows brings the conscious union with God. For now, there is no sense of separation, nothing to cause a separation.
When you come to God, remember this. In your purest state, there is no reason for God to withhold Himself from you. Only when you by ignorance set up a sense of separation, God does not break through to you and not by God’s will but by our having set up the barrier.