Without words and without thoughts, you can almost feel your heart opening out to receive the Master, to receive divine grace, without thinking it, without speaking it. In complete silence, just have the attitude or motive of, “Here I am, Father. Thy will be done in me.” Learn to pray without words and without thoughts. This is why the Master taught, “When you pray, do not pray to be seen of men. Do not pray in public. Oh, if you pray in public, of course, you’ll gain the admiration of your fellow men. They’ll probably say you’re a saintly person, but if you do pray in public and you gain the admiration of your neighbors, you will lose God’s grace.” It’s right there in Scripture in Chapter Five, Matthew.
Don’t pray in public. That doesn’t mean don’t unite in prayer in groups. It just means be careful that you’re really going there to pray, not to be seen of men, not to please your neighbors, not to make a pretense of religion. Go to pray sacredly, secretly, even if you unite in groups. And then when you are in prayer, use the fewest words you possibly can and think the fewest thoughts you possibly can, and eventually try to pray without words and without thoughts, just by motives. See what happens when you sit still, or stand still, or if you feel like it, get on your knees, bow your head, and think no thoughts, and say no words, and see what purity of motive prompts you to be in prayer, what feeling of adoration there is, what feeling of humbleness in submitting yourself to the will of God and the grace of God without thinking it, without speaking it. Just as a motive of the heart. You shall worship God in spirit and in truth, and you do this best without words and without thoughts.
Since God is Omniscience, the all wisdom, you need tell God nothing. Since God is Omnipotence, you need not ask God to be a power. God already is the only Power. Since God is closer to you than breathing—Omnipresence—you need not seek God. You need only be still and without words or thoughts invite God in. Thy grace is my sufficiency. Thy will be done in me. Let there be light. In this way, you will learn that God is a Spirit, that God must be approached in Spirit, that God must be approached without any sense of being a temporal power that you’re going to use. God is Spirit. God is Love. God is the peace that descends in your heart, not a power to anything, or for anything, or over anything. It’s the power of expression, the creative power of the universe, the maintaining and the sustaining power. But it doesn’t do anything to anything, and, therefore, don’t pray for God to do anything. Just be still.
Remember your prayer is answered in proportion to your motive for prayer. What is your motive? If you want something done in the human universe, you are praying amiss. If you desire that God’s grace be revealed to you, you are praying in Spirit. If you are praying the prayer of adoration. Adoration. Let me explain that. Many of you perhaps say grace at mealtime. If you are saying grace—thanks for the food that’s on your table—you are praying amiss. There isn’t any God that hears such a prayer, or such thanks, or that responds to it. The only way to say grace at table in a way that brings down the benediction of Heaven is to thank God for the abundance in the Earth.
The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, and let us be grateful that it is, because God has not chosen your table to laden with food. God has sent that food here for all children of God. Your consciousness has drawn it to your table. Your prayer then must be, “Thank you, Father, that thy grace fills the Earth. Thy grace fills the land, and the trees, and the seas, and the air. Thy grace unto thy children.” The moment you are praying in that way, you cannot help a feeling of adoration. Adoration, love for the God that has filled the Earth with these bounties, filled the world with these bounties, not filled my storehouse or yours, filled the Earth that all may partake.
The fact that all are not partaking has nothing to do with God. It has to do with the fact that we have made “gods” many, and we’ve worshiped money and said that God’s grace is dependent on money or gods, or I have to earn my living by my intelligence, by my wit, by my strength. Nonsense, nonsense. Your living is the gift of God. Your work is your joy. Your living is the gift of God. All who realize that “the Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, and Son, all that I have is thine,” all these will find their tables laden but not because God choose your table, but because you brought yourself under the law of God by a universal thanksgiving that His grace is available to all who will avail themselves of it. This is why there can be adoration. There can be praise and thanksgiving, not for the benefits I have received, but for the benefits that God has ordained that man shall receive on Earth.
Do you see that we set up a barrier the moment we think in terms of “I” and “me” and “mine?” I am thankful for what God has given me. God has not given me. God has given Himself to this world, and God’s grace fills this world. And if you want your share, open your consciousness. Forget your virtues, and forget your vices. And invite God that I may be in thee and thou in me, that we be One. That I abide forever in thy dwelling place, and that thou dwellest in my heart, in my consciousness, in my soul, in my memory that I may never for a moment live without some conscious remembrance of God filling the Earth with His bounties. God offering forgiveness unto seventy times seven unto all who are willing to receive it. That I may never forget that God’s grace is available seventy times seven. His forgiveness is available seventy times seven. His Spirit is upon me. His Spirit is upon me that I may never forget that I have no life of my own to live. I cannot live separate and apart from God.
And in this lesson tonight, let us add this. My virtues cannot keep me from God. My vices cannot keep me from God. Neither life nor death can keep me from God. Neither disease nor poverty can keep me from the love of God, for I and my Father are One. Here where I am in this moment, up in Heaven, down in Hell, or in the valley of the shadow of death, here where I am this moment thou art, for we are One. Not because I deserve it, not because I’ve earned it, not because I’m good, and surely in spite of the fact that I am bad, because nothing that I can do or leave undone can separate me from the love of God. And if I were in the midst of sin, I could be forgiven by not saying a word, not thinking a thought, just pausing for a moment to realize, “God, thou art closer to me than breathing.” Not saying it, not thinking it, feeling it. Feeling it. Opening the heart and feel God there.
We ourselves set up the barriers that separate us from God. We believe that God’s love and God’s grace is dependent upon something we think, or something we say, or something we pray. God’s grace is dependent on the motive of the heart, the spirit of the heart. God’s grace is dependent on the integrity in which we close our eyes, or open our eyes, and just say, “Here I am, Father.” If we mean it, God’s grace is closer to us than this second.
Sometimes, we set up a barrier, because we want God for some purpose. We want God in order to reach health. We want God in order to reach supply or companionship. We want God in order to get forgiveness. This sets up a barrier. We shall want God only to experience God, and let God do with us what He will after that. Not for any purpose do I want God, but because a poet has said it, “I shall never rest until I am at home in thee. I shall never rest until I am at home in thee.” And you may be assured that you won’t rest, if you get all of the things you think you want. If you get all of the health and the outer things you want, you still will not rest until you are home in God, and you can achieve being home in God in this instant before you leave this room. Open your heart, not for a reason, just to receive God, to be at peace with God, to commune with God within yourself without words, without thoughts. That I may be in Thee and Thou in me, that we be One.
This passage take with you to live with. Live with it day and night. Neither life nor death can separate me from the love of God. Neither health nor sickness, neither lack nor abundance, neither war nor peace can separate me from the love of God, for I and the Father are One. Now you bring yourself under the law of God, and you bring yourself under the government of God when you make this acknowledgment. Neither life nor death can separate me from the love of God, the life of God, the will of God. Neither sickness nor health, lack nor abundance, purity or sin. Nothing can separate me from the love of God, for I and the Father are One. And the grace of God is mine by divine right. Not by the right of earning it or deserving it. By divine right, because God made me in His image and likeness. God breathed into me His life.
Therefore, I am living the God life, and no one can separate me from the God life, because that is the life that is mine. I and my Father are One. This Oneness with God is my assurance of the grace of God. If ever there could be a separation between me and God, then the grace of God would be lost. If any circumstance of life should separate me from God, there’d be no grace of God. If any circumstance of death should separate me from God, there’d be no grace of God, but neither life nor death, neither health nor sickness, neither lack nor abundance, neither purity nor sin can separate me from the love of God, for Love is God. Love is the nature of God, and that Love is the life, which is mine.
He has given us His Grace. Thank you.