Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
Prayer can and does work, particularly if it is mystical prayer. The world is filled with a wide variety of ways to pray. Each has its own effectiveness or lack of it. The reason any particular form of prayer is effective has not to do so much with the technique or manner of prayer, as with the person praying.
This is the secret of effective prayer; the critical factor is not primarily in the prayer itself, but in the person praying. Whatever state of mind or consciousness a person is in spiritually has far more to do with whether a prayer will be successful than the particular prayer or brand of theology from which the prayer originated.
An enlightened person possessing an awareness of higher consciousness has merely to think and their thoughts are as their prayers. The reason for this is that a person open to higher consciousness has developed a closer or inner mystical relationship to God.
The closer one is to God, the greater the likelihood that the prayer will work. The reason is that if you are close to God, the probability is that the prayer was placed in your mind by God. If God inspired your prayer, be certain that God will provide what is necessary for its materialization.
Such inspired prayer can be classified as one form of mystical prayer. Of the many forms that mystical prayer can take, the main point to realize is that all mystical prayer has God as its common denominator. More specifically, the praying person has devoted a great deal of time in their life to the pursuit of experiencing God’s Presence in a mystical sense.
Mysticism is the pursuit of the experience of the Presence of God, particularly within oneself during meditation. To some mystics, the very practice of meditation is often considered to be the highest form of prayer. When a person is in close consciousness with God, whatever they really need—according to their soul’s purpose in this lifetime—is supplied.
Christ once said, “Your Father knoweth what you have need of before you ask.” You must understand that what God knows you have need of may not be what your conscious-level mortal mind thinks it has need of. God’s response to all prayer must be in accord with your soul’s purpose, or God will not respond. Remember that God thinks in terms of what is best to achieve your soul’s purpose.
Simply put, that is why some prayer is answered while other prayer is not. Keep in mind that mystical prayer is inspired by God. God within you has placed it in your conscious thought process. Praying, then, becomes your conscious mortal mind co-operating with the innermost God level of your mind for the materialization of your prayer.
As previously stated, the effectiveness of mystical prayer is in direct proportion to how much an inner relationship exists between your conscious mind and the God level. This will be in accord or to the degree that you have given importance to establishing and maintaining an inner mystical relationship to God’s Presence at the center of your mind. Mystics throughout time have made their inner relationship with God their number one priority in life.
In the New Testament, you will find the words, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all else will be added unto you.” Heaven is described as being “within you.” This is a direct mystical reference. If a person seeks the Kingdom of God’s Heaven within oneself, all else will be added. Again, keep in mind that “all else” refers to what God deems necessary for achieving your soul’s purpose.
Mystical union fills your soul with the radiance of God’s love, beauty, inner splendor, wisdom, harmony, and peace. Feeling God’s goodness within yourself far exceeds any lesser feelings of the earthly experience. If you haven’t already made a commitment to mystical union with God, do so for the sake of the life you are living. If you have already committed yourself to mystical union with God, restate, reaffirm, and pledge yourself once again to the commitment. God’s Presence within you will answer your mystical prayer.
When you pray a prayer of the personal ego, you pray according to the will of your personal ego. The prayer revolves around the desires of your personal ego, rather than on the Will of God for your life. When a prayer is created based only on the limited energy contained within the personal ego and its will, the results of the prayer will be limited. This is why you should gladly turn over your personal ego will to God’s Universal Will. To not do so would be to immediately accept the limitation of one’s personal ego and intellect.
When God has placed the thought in your mind about what to pray for, a wonderful thing happens. God follows up the prayer-thought with a series of thoughts on how to go about doing what needs to be done with your body and mind to work with God in materializing it. God provides you with the know-how through intuitive guidance. While—following God’s guidance—you put your mind and body into motion on the physical realm, God works in the unseen realm of Universal Mind and Spirit, creating and directing energies that will underlie physical reality.
For the most part, mystical prayer is therefore a cooperative effort between your physical body’s human-mind level and the God level of your mind, or God. Guidance may come to your conscious mind’s attention as direct thoughts, feelings, hunches, or premonitions. Guidance may come to you anytime, anywhere, and not necessarily at the time you are praying or when you have just prayed.
If you have indeed prayed a God-inspired mystical prayer, it will be answered, positively. In some cases, there may be an interim period between the prayer and the positive manifestation. This period may take a little time or may stretch out to days, weeks, months, or even years.
Don’t be disheartened by the possible lengthy time frame. Occasionally, in our mortal measure of time, it takes time to clear out something in our past or current life, in order to make room for that for which you have mystically prayed. Understand that in the Mind of God, it already is a reality. It must, however, also be a reality in your mind.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ “The Theocentric Way of Life,” Volume 3: Module 23.
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