by Anees Shehroze (Brampton)
Give me O Lord, I pray Thee
firm faith, unwavering hope
Pour into my heart
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding
the Spirit of counsel and spiritual strength
the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness
and the Spirit of Thy holy fear
Light eternal, shine in my heart
Power eternal, deliver me from evil
Wisdom eternal, scatter the darkness of my ignorance
Might eternal, pity me
Grant that I may ever seek Thy face
with all my heart and soul and strength;
and, in thine infinite mercy,
bring me at last to Thy holy presence
where I shall behold Thy glory
and possess Thy promised joys
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Origen (ca. 185-254)
Lord, inspire us to read your Scriptures and to meditate upon them day and night. We beg you to give us real understanding of what we need, that we in turn may put its precepts into practice. Yet we know that understanding and good intentions are worthless, unless rooted in your graceful love. So we ask that the words of Scriptures may also be not just signs on a page, but channels of grace into our hearts.
The People of the New Message pray in gratitude. We pray for strength and virtues and relationship and guidance, for ourselves and for others.
We do not pray for miracles and divine intervention, because God has intervened by providing the miracle of the New Message, and God has placed the blessing of Knowledge in our hearts.
“In the New Message, we definitely recognize the power of prayer, the power of focused intention in the mental environnment.”
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What is prayer?
“The answer to your prayers is a preparation, a way out, a ladder with steps.”
“People pray for many things but the Angelic Assembly is waiting for the real calling from the individual— a calling usually born of despair and frustration or disappointment in the world seeking for something more real, more authentic, more permanent and more essential to their true nature and purpose for being in this world at this time.”
“In a sense, prayer is, in its truest sense, a statement you are willing to be in relationship. Otherwise prayer is just asking for favors or intervention to get you out of a situation that you don’t want to be in. It’s not real prayer. Real prayer is really the desire to be connected, to be in Relationship with Knowledge, with Jesus, with the Assembly, and with your Source. So that is really the Spirit of prayer in its truest sense.”
How does prayer work?
“You may pray to God for many things—for protection, for advantages, for a happy outcome—but God has given you the greatest possible gift. But if it is unknown or resisted or neglected, what else can God do for you?”
“Allow your deeper practice periods today to be times of true devotion, where you come to the altar of God to give yourself. This, in essence, is the true church. This is the true chapel. This is where prayer becomes real and where your mind, which is an expression of God’s Mind, in stillness, humility and openness, yields itself to its great source. In this, God blesses you and gives to you a gift to give to the world which is the result of your own development.”
“Your life will become simple, direct, magnificent and demanding—all the things that lead to accomplishment and to true satisfaction. Life asks a lot of you because your prayers for peace have been answered.”
“If you are praying for someone or with someone, you are attempting to focus the Mental Environment. You are creating a greater power between the two of you by joining your minds together in a focused activity. Here, for a moment at least, you have transcended your individuality and created a Group Mind.”
“The Angelic Presence may not give you what you request, but it will bring you closer to Knowledge which is such a greater answer. If you simply ask for favors without realizing that you are lost, you are really asking for so little. It is Knowledge within you that will enable you to regain your awareness of who you are and why you are here, where you must go and what you must do. This sense of determination will be natural to you, and it will give you a sense of freedom and liberation.”
“For if you cannot follow what God has given you to follow, if you cannot follow the deeper Knowledge that God has placed within you to guide you, then your prayers and your prostration really are not authentic.”
What should I pray for? What should I not pray for?
“You may pray for little things: for needs, for comforts, for resolution to problems. But We are speaking of something much more important here.” … “The prayer for you is: Let me be of service so that I may give. For in the end, it is all about simple service. No matter how difficult the journey, no matter how great the mountain is you must walk up, in the end it is all to assume a role that is yours to assume and to play your small but essential part in this Greater Coordination.”
“When you pray, ask that this Knowledge can become stronger within you, and create time whenever you can to be still and listen, not to ask questions, not to make petitions, not to pray for miracles, but just to listen in simplicity and humility. This is the beginning.”
“You pray for the truth to be revealed to you—not just the truth of your circumstances but the truth of your life. You pray for your life, your real life, to be given to you.”
“When you pray to God, do not pray for little things, little advantages, dispensations. Pray that Knowledge will become strong within you. Pray that you will have the forbearance and the self-discipline to hold back your fearful and reactive tendencies. Pray that those with whom you are meant to become engaged can find you in the world. Pray that you will be ready for them when they arrive, that you will realize you are making an engagement now of greater importance without trying to fully understand.”
“Pray for those that you are destined to meet—or even for those who are not ready to do their parts—to follow the power of Knowledge within themselves, the deeper intelligence that God has placed within them to guide them, to protect them and to lead them to this sacred rendezvous.”
“When you pray, ask for Knowledge to become strong and to guide you—to reveal to you your errors, to show you your weaknesses and to show you what you must correct, what you must strengthen and what you must set aside. Ask for its counsel and its wisdom, and also ask for the strength to follow it, the courage to follow it and the freedom that it will give you.”
“Think of someone in need and then give them a quality that you wish to receive yourself. Send that individual that quality. Send them love or strength or faith or encouragement or determination or surrender or acceptance or self-discipline—whatever they need to bring about resolution in their lives.”
Can I continue praying to Jesus? What about intercessory prayer?
“You can pray to Jesus, through Jesus. You can pray to the Assembly of which Jesus is a part. You can pray to the Source, but whatever the Source will do for you is through the Assembly, through the Angelic Presence that oversees this world…. It depends, you know, what you’re asking for, because the New Message says that praying for outcomes can be very hazardous, particularly for other people, because we really don’t know often what is necessary for them. Unless their life is endangered, of course, that’s an exception. To pray for strength, to pray for Knowledge, to pray for forgiveness, to pray for forbearance, these are the kinds of things to pray for, whether you pray to Jesus, the Angelic Presence or to God the Source. It all goes through the Angelic Presence, because God does not speak to the world except through the Angelic Presence. The reason for this is God has trillions of worlds to oversee, or more than that… It’s the Angelic Presence that carries out God’s will for humanity and for you. This is the Relationship, you see, that’s closer at hand for you to pray to, that’s more immediate in your life. And remember, Jesus is part of the Assembly, an important part. So that’s who to pray to. And you can also pray to your child that they don’t do something utterly disastrous. You can pray for power, strength, Knowledge and wisdom in those you care and ultimately in people you don’t even know who are faced with peril, upheaval or danger. So you can direct your prayer out into the world for the well-being of people as long as it is to strengthen them, so the power that God has put within them can serve and direct them. May the Presence be with you.”
Can I pray to Knowledge?
“You can pray to Knowledge in the sense of opening yourself to Knowledge. Knowledge is waiting; it’s already in you but it is waiting for your petition. It’s waiting for your request. It’s waiting for the real needs of your life to become predominant over the other things that concern or distract you. So you can pray for Knowledge to become stronger in you, but that is a request for you to deepen your engagement with Knowledge. And that is fine, too. To ask Knowledge to reveal something but not be willing to follow through on it, to just take it as something you’d really consider, is not honest. That’s like saying, ‘I want to be in relationship with you but not really. I want to follow you but not really. I want you to guide my life but not really.’ You really have to look at your willingness to respond, because if the willingness isn’t there, then Knowledge will not respond. Knowledge is a deeper intelligence that God has put within us, which represents a connection to Heaven, which holds for us our greater purpose in life, a deeper intelligence that assures our future redemption. So to ask for guidance or assistance honestly means that you are willing to receive and follow that guidance and assistance. It’s always important to look at your own intentions and willingness, because if that’s not there, as I have said, then Knowledge will remain silent until you really are ready to receive and follow.”
“May Knowledge grow strong in you each day. May you take each day as a process of learning about Knowledge and the need for Knowledge. May you put yourself in a position to benefit from your errors and the errors of others and build your foundation of wisdom and build your connection to the guiding Presence and Power in your life. And as you gain confidence and trust and ability, you will be able to give these to others, for the need in the world is immense.”
- ↑ Reed Summers, “The Journey to a New Life”‘ – A Free School Broadcast, March 9, 2014, Boulder, CO
- ↑ Living The Way of Knowledge, Chapter 5: The Pillar of Work
- ↑ 3.03.13.2 The Rays of Initiation (July 24, 2012)
- ↑ 4.04.14.2 Marshall Vian Summers on Prayer, March 9, 2014, Boulder, CO
- ↑ The Shock of the Future (April 30, 2011)
- ↑ Steps to Knowledge, Step 285
- ↑ Greater Community Spirituality, Chapter 6
- ↑ Preparing for the Greater Community, Chapter 4
- ↑ The One God, Chapter 9: God, Knowledge and the Angelic Presence (September 17, 2008)
- ↑ 10.010.1 The Sacred Rendezvous (January 29, 2009)
- ↑ The Great Coordination (October 25, 2016)
- ↑ The New Message for the Impoverished & Oppressed (April 18, 2008)
- ↑ The Pure Religion, The Great Faith (April 25, 2007)
- ↑ Steps to Knowledge, Step 121
- ↑ The Awakening (October 20, 2008)
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