Certainly, there have been enough prayers on both sides raised up to God to destroy enemies, so that if they were to be any such answer it would have appeared by now. As a matter of fact, if you cannot all use Christ Jesus as a way-shower, you’d be surprised to learn that the only way in which you can become a child of God is to pray for your enemies, not pray for their destruction, but pray for them. “It profiteth you nothing,” he says, “to pray for your friends.” “It profiteth you nothing to pray for your friends, you must pray for your enemies, if you would be children of God.”
Just to take hold of that one revelation of the master can change not only an individual’s experience on Earth, it can change the history of the world. We already know, what changes take place in the life of an individual who begins to set aside a period of prayer each day for the enemy. We know that, because we have the opportunity of living closely with quite a few thousand people who have adopted that and we know what transformation has come into their lives. We do not yet know what transformation could come into the life of a nation if a call were sent out requesting all churchgoers to report to church once a week to pray that the enemies eyes be opened, that their hearts and souls be opened to spiritual revelation. If a sincere prayer were ushered out of the hearts, and out of the minds, and out of the souls of every one of us: give us understanding of one another, give us light, give us the power of forgiveness unto seventy times seven.
Now, when I say to you that we already know the miracles that take place in the lives of individuals, it is because to some extent, metaphysicians of all schools of metaphysics, some at least of them, have adopted such programs and have witnessed transformations within their own experience.
Again, to know Him aright would be to change the concept of prayer, as it has heretofore been known, into one that would agree with the master when he teaches, take no thought for your life: What you shall eat, or what ye shall drink, or wherewithal ye shall be clothed. Seek ye the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all these things will be added unto you. But take no thought for them; do not pray for food, or clothing, or housing. Do not pray for safety or security. Do not pray for health or harmony, but seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added.
Again, we do not know what would happen to a nation or a race of people who followed that program, but we do know what happens in the lives of many thousands of individuals who have changed their mode of prayer to conform to this. That is, to seeking only the realization of God, seeking only the conscious awareness of the presence of God, and uttering and thinking no prayers for food, or clothing, or housing, or companionship, or supply, or transportation or any other thing that concerns this world.
It may be that the master was trying to tell us this also when he said, my kingdom is not of this world. If this is a true statement of the master’s it would indicate why praying to his kingdom for something of this world hasn’t worked in the past and probably won’t work in the future. My kingdom is not of this world.
To know God aright would be to start at least with the understanding that God is spirit. The very moment that we perceive the nature of God as spirit, we would lose all of our antagonisms toward other religions, or those of other religions. We would lose our biases and our bigotries, because if you can accept God as spirit, then God must be the God of all people, regardless of their religion or even of their non-religion if they choose to have none.
If God is spirit, there cannot be more than one spirit, and if God is spirit, then omnipresence must be the truth. In other words, spirit can never be confined to time or place or space. Spirit must be that which fills all space, and therefore, if God is spirit, God must be here where I am. And of course that must be true, whether I’m Jew or Gentile, Protestant or Catholic, Vedantist, Taoist, or any other faith or lack of faith, still, God must be present where I am. And no church can give that and no lack of church can change that. But one thing alone can make it demonstrable: ye shall know the truth. If you know the truth, and it makes no difference who you are or what your previous condition may have been—saintliness or sinfulness, poverty or lack, disease or health. If you know the truth of omnipresence, by knowing that truth you have set in force the motion that will wipe out not only the penalty for sin, but the sin itself.
And probably one of the few things or if not the only thing that actually will transform the sinner is that realization of omnipresence—That where I am, God is; the place whereon I stand is holy ground.
Once we know God as spirit—infinite, omnipresence, we are standing on holy ground, and we can then understand why it could be taught, know ye not that ye are the temple of the living God. Know ye not that your body is the temple of the living God. Here where I am, where I sit or stand or lie, here where I am, in prison or out, in sin or out, in disease or out, here where I am, omnipresence is—God is, spirit is. And this spirit is the transforming agency of the entire world. This spirit is the only redeeming agency in this world.
Ah yes, but it goes further. Once we acknowledge God as spirit, we are acknowledging omnipotence, all power. And just think, if you can accept spirit, as the all-power, what becomes then of either physical discord or mental discord in the place of, or in the face of. omnipresence. That is the all-presence of God or Spirit, and the all-power of God or spirit—omnipresence, omnipotence.
Think for a moment: If spirit is omnipotent of what power is either material law or mental law?
Ye shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.
Free of what? The universal belief in material and mental forces and powers.
What else is it that is binding man to personal sense other than that belief that there are other powers than God? Was it not this that took Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden? Was it not this universal belief, accepted by them, in two powers, that caused us to live this life of humans. And is it not a continuance of the belief in two powers that causes us to have sin, disease, and ultimately death?
What happens to us if we know the truth? The truth of omnipotence, that is, spirit as the only and all-power. What becomes of us—what becomes of our discords and our inharmonies if we continuously know this truth…pray, pray without ceasing that spirit is omnipotence. Spirit is the all-power and the only power, and the omnipresent power. Not out there in a holy mountain, and not here in a holy temple, ah no; the kingdom of God is neither lo here nor lo there—it is omnipresence, it is within you. If within you is the Spirit of God and the Spirit of God is omnipotence, what then becomes of this belief in two powers, or three powers, or four powers?
Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
But the truth that is to be known is omnipresence and omnipotence. And when we abide in this word and let this word abide in us, we bear fruit richly. If we do not abide in this word, and if we do not let this word abide in us, we are as a branch of a tree that is cut off and withereth and dies.
Now, the human race is the branch of a tree that is cut off and withereth. And it can only be returned to its status as child of God, if so be the Spirit of God dwell in you. If so be you accept the Spirit of God as indwelling, the master called it the Father within, but Paul called it the Christ within, same thing, two different names to different languages. If you accept the Father within as an indwelling spirit, you accept omnipotence, and omnipresence. If you accept Christ as indwelling, you accept omnipotence, and omnipresence. And after you have done that, you have one more step to take, and that is omniscience—all-knowledge, all-wisdom. And this of course is what completely changes the nature of your prayers. Once you can acknowledge that God is the all-knowing, that forever ends your ever telling God anything, or asking anything of God. For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of these things, and it is His good pleasure to give you the kingdom.