Now let us see this, because we come back to a statement, “There is no ‘giving God’, and there is no ‘withholding God’. God is a state of being; a state of being; Infinite Intelligence and Divine Love. God is a state of being, of eternal and immortal being. The life of God can’t be lengthened, and the life of God can’t be shortened. The life of God can’t change. The life of God can not age. God is a state of eternal immortal being; infinite being of good. And in Him is no darkness at all. That is prayer. “Lean not unto thine own understanding; acknowledge Him in all thy ways.” Acknowledge God as the eternal life of this universe. Acknowledge God as the infinite wisdom of this universe. Acknowledge God as the divine love of this universe. Acknowledge God, the all-knowing mind and its power of grace. That is prayer. That is prayer.
“Thy Grace is my sufficiency in all things.” “Seek not ye what ye shall eat, what ye shall drink, wherewithal ye shall be clothed. Look at the Lillies, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin. But Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
Just think of that; that should be our attitude of prayer. That should be our attitude of prayer. The acknowledgement of Divine Grace, when there is no interference on the part of our finite desires, hopes, ambitions, or even finite concepts of God.
Be assured of this; you can’t bribe God, not by tithing, not by going to church, not by meditating. But, you can bring yourself into alignment with God through prayer. Now, what is prayer? In the light of the recognition of God, as that which needs no enlightenment, and needs no help from us as to what we need, desire, or should have; prayer then is the recognition of this great Truth. Prayer is a recognition of the nature of God. Prayer is a recognition of our relationship to God. What is our relationship to God? Oneness. Oneness. We’re not finite pigmies, crying meekly up to a great big divinity that sits there, holding our fate in Its hands. No, we are joint heirs with Christ in God, to all the Heavenly riches. We are Sons of God. Now are we the Sons of God. That Divine Father doesn’t have to be reminded of Its duty to us. All we must do is acknowledge God; acknowledge the all-knowingness of the all-knowing mind; acknowledge the all-lovingness of Divine Love; acknowledge the all-power of that which knows no other power, but its own infinite nature and being. Then, we are in prayer. We align ourselves with all the good of God, through prayer. And prayer is recognition, and acknowledgment. Prayer is an abiding in this confidence. Prayer is like the 23rd psalm, in which you find exemplified in that booklet, “The Secret of the 23rd Psalm”. And the heading…
Uh oh, I haven’t got it. Excuse me. The heading over the 23rd Psalm, is “David’s confidence in God’s grace”. You know, after that line, he doesn’t need the 23rd Psalm. That’s enough of a prayer, just that one line. “Joel’s confidence in God’s grace, is prayer. And so is yours.” Confidence in God’s grace; that is prayer. And, we have it exemplified in the 23rd Psalm; “The Lord is.” And “is” is in italics. “The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want.” What more of a prayer can there be than that? “The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall…” Not a word to God there, about what he needs. But the assurance, the confidence in God’s Grace. “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul.” No appeal to God there. No turning to God. No acquainting God with our needs. Only an assurance;
“He restoreth my soul;” “He leadeth me in paths of righteousness;” “Thou prepareth a table before me;” “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me.”
Nothing but a confident assurance, and reassurance, in God’s grace. That’s prayer. That is the highest form of prayer that we can ever bring ourselves to pray. Prayer is our contact with God. Prayer is our means of aligning ourselves with God’s grace. But, prayer is a confidence, an assurance, an acknowledgement, a recognition of all that God is. And in prayer, is an omitting of ourselves from the picture, except in the sense of assurance; confidence.
Now, as you approach something of this concept of God, which is vastly different than the world’s concept of God, you will come to another great mystery, another reason for failure in prayer. As a rule, in praying to God, we are praying to God in the expectancy, or hope, of something that is to emanate from God, or come to us through God. And, that would leave you in the peculiar position of something like this; this would be us here, and we’re going to pray to God for this, over here. There it is. We’re down here, in the corner. We’re praying to God, even though the God may be within us. But, we’re praying to God for this. There’s — Here we are. Here’s God. And here’s what we’re praying for. Do you follow that? There’s us. There’s God, that we’re praying to. And there’s the thing that we’re praying to him for. And just imagine, that the whole secret is that this is God and me and what I’m praying for, all in one. And it’s already established, at this very minute.
Right now, I and the Father are one, and all the Father hath is mine.