No Prayer is Unanswered.
- When a prayer is unanswered, the delay often betokens a better answer.
2. No sincere prayer is denied.
3. The prayer of material beings can many times be answered only as such an individual has progressed to the spiritual level.
4. No prayer can hope for an answer unless it is nurtured by faith.
5. Ask and you shall receive; but you should remember that we are progressive creatures of time; therefore, you must constantly reckon with the time factor in the experience of your personal reception of the full answer to your prayers.
6. Your sincere faith implies that you have in advance virtually granted your prayer Hearer the full right to answer your petitions in accordance with the wisdom and that love which your faith depicts as always to the creator to whom you pray.
1. True praying is the attitude of reaching heavenward for attainment of your ideals.
2. Prayer is designed to make you less realizing; it is designed not to increase knowledge but rather to expand insight.
3. “Prayer is entirely a personal and spontaneous expression of the attitude of your soul toward God’s spirit.
4. “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you, for everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door of salvation will be opened.”
5. “Be not constantly overanxious about your common needs. Be not apprehensive concerning the problems of your earthly existence, but in these things by prayer and supplication, with the spirit of sincere thanksgiving, let your needs be spread out before your Father in Heaven.”
6. Prayer is an antidote for harmful introspection; it can be a beneficent ministry of the soul.
The Motive of Prayer
1. The motive of the prayer gives it right of way to the divine ear, not the social, economic, or outward religious status of the one who prays.
2. Prayer is not designed as a technique for aggrandizing self or for gaining unfair advantage over another human being; and it may not be employed to avoid the delays of time or to transcend the handicaps of space.
3. Guard against the great danger of becoming self-centered in your prayers; avoid praying much for yourself; pray more for the spiritual progress of your brethren.
4. Pray for the welfare of your families, and fellows, but especially pray for those who curse you.
5. Many resort to prayer only when in trouble; such a practice is thoughtless and misleading; a thoroughly selfish soul cannot pray in the true sense of the word.
6. True, do well to pray when harassed, but you should also be mindful to speak as a child even when all goes well with your soul.
7. And avoid materialistic praying; pray in the spirit and for the abundance of the gifts of the spirit.
Prayers are Answered
1. The sincerity of any prayer is the assurance of its being heard; but the spiritual wisdom and universe consistency of petition is the determiner of time, manner, and degree of the answer.
2. The cry of the righteous is the faith act of the child of God which opens the door of the Father’s storehouse of goodness, truth, and mercy; and these good gifts have long been in waiting for the child’s approach and personal appropriation.
3. But a wise father does not literally answer the foolish prayers of his ignorant and inexperienced children, albeit the children may derive much pleasure and real soul satisfaction from the making of such absurd petitions.
4. However, when you have become wholly dedicated to the doing of the will of God – to find him and be like him – the answer to all petitions will be forthcoming because your prayers will be in full accordance with the Father’s will; and the Father’s will is ever manifest throughout his vast of creation.
5. It is entirely true that when your will has been truly aligned with his, you can ask anything conceived by that will-union, and it will be granted.
6. What the true child desires and the infinite Father wills “Is”: such a prayer cannot remain unanswered, and no other sort of petition can possibly be fully answered.