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Faith in prayer?
« on: April 11, 2014, 08:59:08 AM »
I don't have a lot of faith in prayer so I don't do it a lot. Fundamentalist say you have to have faith for your prayer to be answered so I gave up because I don't have faith. How do I have more faith?

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2014, 12:14:00 PM »
I have a strange outlook on Fundies... if they say something, likely the opposite is true. That's going a bit far, no doubt, but oh, well.
Everything we have or receive is a gift from God, anyway. You do have faith as has been seen on here :dsunny: :dsunny: so maybe at just the right time, God will expand it (for want of a better term) in the prayer department.
Matthew 11:29 - Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2014, 04:48:13 PM »
 :cloud9: I'll share how my faith was increased/developed. God gives every man a measure of faith to receive Him. We receive Him initially, but it's not a one time thing. Every breath of inspiration that comes from Him, we receive Him some more. God is Spirit, His Son is Spirit, and He communes with us via His Spirit and His Word.

When I first received Him, I didn't know if the Word was God inspired, or man written alone. I literally didn't realize there were two books; I thought it was all one. One of the ways my faith was increased right off the bat, was to start studying the original languages. My eyes were opened when I saw that everybody's name in there meant something that was significant to our walk with Him. It was astounding to me, and proved beyond a shadow of any doubt (the opposite of faith) that God was active in the lives of men and women. Even the names of the places and things had significance.

Then I read in the NT that the things they went through were for OUR example! No wonder the OT names were significant. Studies have shown that most people learn best through repetition. The One who made us, knew this, and He made sure that He kept repeating the same lessons in different contexts over and over again, so we'd "get" it!

The next thing that was a faith builder for me, was to "stand" on scriptures. I reasoned that if salvation was a real spiritual experience and I had no doubt it was, because I was different from one day to the next and everyone around me could see it, then I decided to see if another scripture was real, and specified which one I was "testing". I did this over and over again, asking Him to show me, and He did. I was like a child stepping on stepping stones in a river, testing the strength of each one as I stepped on it.

Then as I grew, once I saw that the baptism of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit were part of OUR covenant, and that God was no respecter of persons, meaning there is not one covenant for 1st century Christians and another one for us, I asked for and received those. They are for everyone in this covenant, but not everyone chooses to believe that. I told God I wanted all of Him I could get, and I didn't care what that entailed. I also read He said He would teach us and give us wisdom. I asked for that. It is His great pleasure to give His children gifts and He gives to all who ask, liberally!

The gifts are designed to BE faith builders, in both ourselves and in those around us. We are told to build up our MOST HOLY FAITH, by praying in the Holy Ghost. It is in this we find that there are different levels of faith, just like there are different stages of growth in the natural realm.

There's a wealth of faith building that goes on in that realm that would require a much longer post, including healings, but these are the primary steps He took me through. Blessings....

PS. I was looking for my testimony post to add here, but it must have disappeared in one of the board crashes over the years. Oh well..... :winkgrin:....spared from one of these  :mock: :eek:

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"I would rather train twenty men to pray, than a thousand to preach; A minister's highest mission ought to be to teach his people to pray." -H. MacGregor

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2014, 06:48:49 PM »
"Faith comes by hearing and hearing, by the Word of God." Whatever God tells me, either by scripture, through the brethren, or in my inner ear, I can cast faith in that. I can pray the same thing back to God. At least, that's how it is with me.

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2014, 04:44:04 AM »
 :cloud9: Amen. And when we are praying in the HG, because the Word and the HG are one, we are literally HEARING the Word of God while praying. Which is why it says that we build up our MOST HOLY FAITH by praying in the HG.  As my kids would say.....SWEET! lol..... :banana: :winkgrin:
"I would rather train twenty men to pray, than a thousand to preach; A minister's highest mission ought to be to teach his people to pray." -H. MacGregor

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2014, 03:30:30 PM »
O Thou Fount of all Strength, we enter into Thy Presence with thankfulness and with love, and we ask Thee to cast out of our minds those memories which burn and to close the wounds in our hearts.

We, once more, in faith and in trust, throw ourselves on Thy understanding, and we know that in coming to Thee as our Father as well as our God, we are obeying Thy entreaty - that entreaty of Love which is sent out, again and again, to sorrowing mankind and alas, is heard not by it.

Saviour Christ, use us for Thy holy purpose in preparing the minds of others so that they may not only hear Thy Voice but may go forward in confidence certain that what is, is best...

O God, renew within us hope and faith and trust; grant that each year may see these tools strengthened - recharged, because there is much to do. Make it impossible to go back over the past - over the sadness and the betrayals by the weaker self - rather, let us draw from Thee the strength to make fresh vows that indeed we will not only follow in the footsteps of Christ ourselves but will lead others into that safe and sacred way...

O Father, we ask that the power may be given, that everything appertaining to the earth may be laid aside, and that each one may be conscious of a blessing direct from Thee... Amen...


Christ is in and through every material and ethereal atom and more in all the wide universe which surpasses any attempt by the mind of man to take in - and this little world is a part of it.
"A few drops of blood renew the whole world, and become for all men that which rennet is for milk, uniting and drawing us into one". "Christ is like leaven for the entire mass, and having made that which was damned one with himself, frees the whole from damnation".

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2014, 07:52:16 PM »
O God, cleanse us and inspire us anew with the faith which nothing can assail; pour down upon us that illumination which shall show the path in front, not free from enemies, not free from difficulties, but transformed by our faith and trust in Thee.

Grant that the consciousness may come to each of Thy children that they are not only fighting and conquering their own enemies but those who are arraigned against Thyself.

Christ, give us that valiant heart which will not turn aside from persecution, which will not quail before the criticism of others; give us that holy aspiration which shall lead us out of the unrealities of the physical world into the realities of the Life which lasts for ever...

And, above all, grant that we may be suitable tools, that our reluctance, our misgivings, all may be laid aside, and that we, as disciples of the Holy Master, may listen ever to the voice of the Spirit and obey, not as a child its stern parent, but as the heirs of everlasting life...

Father, for all Thy many good gifts we thank Thee... Amen...
"A few drops of blood renew the whole world, and become for all men that which rennet is for milk, uniting and drawing us into one". "Christ is like leaven for the entire mass, and having made that which was damned one with himself, frees the whole from damnation".

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2014, 08:01:28 PM »
 :cloud9: And the people said.....Amen. Blessings....
"I would rather train twenty men to pray, than a thousand to preach; A minister's highest mission ought to be to teach his people to pray." -H. MacGregor

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2014, 08:03:58 PM »
King Solomon married/loved many foreign wives and had many concubines..and because of this his heart was turned aside from the

  Lord....and the kingdom was divided.

  all scripture is good for reproving edification........

     He will appear again seperate  from sin.  as a refiners fire He sits and purges the people. He will burn the chaff and gather His

wheat in the barn.

   who can stand? in the day of His appearring..........

    give not out when ye are chastened..for God chastens all He receives as sons

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2014, 10:40:11 PM »
Divine Spirit of Heavenly Love, grant that we may be able to reach out and grasp Thy Strength. Make it possible that Thy little children, conscious of the wonderful link within, may be so assured of Thy protecting care, that each day may seem one step farther on, one step nearer to that faith which it is Thy Will should be their own.

O Christ, the Consoler of our hearts and the Inspirer of our minds, direct and guide us and lift us into those conditions which are Spirit. Banish from the minds of Thy children the busy world, its changing scenes, all that which, as it were, makes barriers between them and Thy great Peace; grant that we may feel in touch not only with Thy Love but with Thy Holiness, in the measure that we can understand...

Commending ourselves into Thy Hands we commence each moment in faith, in trust, confident that Thou hast provided for all our needs... O most gracious Father, we thank Thee and thank Thee again...

"A few drops of blood renew the whole world, and become for all men that which rennet is for milk, uniting and drawing us into one". "Christ is like leaven for the entire mass, and having made that which was damned one with himself, frees the whole from damnation".

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2014, 06:36:18 AM »
O Heavenly Father, give unto us that perception which brings all things to Light, that discernment that parts the fog of misunderstanding and enables us to be illumined by the radiance of Thy Love.

Being glows scorching deeper
Zephyr-like Beloved
Yielding assured
Pleading to be taken
May it not be ceasing
Arise, soar, increase
For all eternity
"A few drops of blood renew the whole world, and become for all men that which rennet is for milk, uniting and drawing us into one". "Christ is like leaven for the entire mass, and having made that which was damned one with himself, frees the whole from damnation".

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2014, 10:09:27 PM »
John 6

32 ...but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

63...the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.


Beloved Saviour, in joy and in perfect unity we gather together and we ask Thee to so vouchsafe Thy Presence unto us that we may indeed be filled with the Holy Spirit - with that holiness of heart and mind which allows us to penetrate into the courtyards of the Most High.

Father of all, we are anxious to be used. We ask Thee to use us in the way Thou thinkest best, that we may forget the calls of the physical, these being lost in the tender Voice of the Spirit. Grant that we may listen and hear - hear with that mind which is a Divine gift from Thee, hear with that inner spiritualised self - and hearing, may not only answer but may place ourselves unreservedly under Thy direction.

O God, we realise more and more that we are getting near to the centre of sacredness, when the need is greater than ever for purity of heart and mind. Grant that we may believe that wishing for purity it will be made our own. Prepare us, attune us to Thee, and give us courage and understanding - courage to go forward, and understanding to see something of the Great Plan on which Thou art working - when no force of evil will ever again have the power to hold us back, and no subtle thoughts from the enemy can veil Thy true all-loving Beauty any longer.

Grant that we may be blessed with increased faith, with peace, with love, and with unity, that we may be blessed with that knowledge of the things of the Spirit, which, in God's Name, is to be made our own, and which in time to come will turn the barrenness of earth into a Garden of Beauty indeed - the Beauty of the Spirit which fades not and is never quenched.

Into Thy Hands we commend our spirit, and resting on Thee we are confident that all will be well, and not only that, but that we may be well used in Thine honour and glory.

Amen...



Dear Lord of Life, Your wondrous Cross of radiant Light fills not only the little world which we occupy but is present throughout each and every part of Creation whether material of Spiritual; our words of adoration fall far short of Your Holy Worthiness, and yet, like a glorious miracle, You take our thoughts of love and the impulses of our hearts and You treasure them with a Love which is beyond our capacity to take in except in little part.




"A few drops of blood renew the whole world, and become for all men that which rennet is for milk, uniting and drawing us into one". "Christ is like leaven for the entire mass, and having made that which was damned one with himself, frees the whole from damnation".

Gregory of Nazianzu

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2014, 11:33:20 PM »
John 20:29
"...blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed"

Loving Saviour, we seek in faith as seeking in faith is Your wish for us - it is not for I alone, not I and mine, but Thee and Thine, and Your desire is to feed Your sheep and lambs. You see the end in all its glory and the path Your sheep must follow, knowing that the gladness to come is multiplied in the degree that faith precedes certainty, because it is the faith that makes the certainty, it is the faith that makes the light that rules darkness out of existence for ever more, it is the faith that makes the joy which has burnt up sorrow, because it is the joy which is of God.


O God, Thy children assemble together in fellowship and the desire to do Thy Will, leaving all in Thy Hands, stretching out our minds towards Thee, knowing that what cannot be accomplished on our side will be made good because of Thy understanding compassion for those who are under Thy care.

Help us, lift us, so draw us unto Thee that nothing may be strong enough to intervene - that sorrow and pain and disappointments may make no barriers at all, that we may indeed rest in the thought of Thy protection, of Thy love, and of Thy wondrous desire to lift up all those who wish to rise, and to see that nothing shall rob them of that Peace which is of Thee.

God, we thank Thee for all good gifts, for Thy love, and for Thy patience and Thy understanding - that understanding which is able to see through all the contrivances of the shadows and to cast asunder that which is of darkness, leaving the spirit within - with its eagerness and its courage - to go on and to achieve its aim and purpose. God, we thank Thee that always Thou art able to see in each one of Thy children the spirit that would soar, and to separate it from the physical world which would entrap and hold it down.

In gratitude we beseech Thy guidance, and ask that the full measure of Thy blessing may be bestowed on us and that that blessing may do its work on heart and mind and body.

Into Thy Hands we always commend ourselves, knowing that all will be well when Thou art in command...Amen

"A few drops of blood renew the whole world, and become for all men that which rennet is for milk, uniting and drawing us into one". "Christ is like leaven for the entire mass, and having made that which was damned one with himself, frees the whole from damnation".

Gregory of Nazianzu

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2014, 09:33:19 PM »
Psalms 84
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

Consuming, ten thousand glowing stars
In all the galaxies and more
Duty discharged, rest be claimed
Yet You appearing brighter still
To parch and shrivel on the spot
Deposit longing and deep thirst
For decent means to sing of You
To venerate by fair means sole
Revere in power yet not demean
With tools inept and dubious skill
The craving of the merest touch
Of golden rays that pierce the heart
Of potent flame engulfing mind
Till what was lost and secret hid
Now exposed in All-in-All



Father, once more we thank Thee for Thy protecting care and we ask Thee that we may be lifted up above the world - its many trials and strains and the irritations which are on either side; to lift us up from them and out of them into the protecting care of Thy Arms where evil itself may be forgotten.

This, O God, we ask, certain that Thou wilt listen to our prayers because of the promise Thou hast made to give Thy Presence when two or three are gathered together in Thy Name.

It is enough for us to wish to be in touch with Thee for that perfect Communion to be established; it is sufficient if we try to raise our minds from the world for Thou to do the rest - to separate us from the world, and to link us mentally and spiritually with Thy Bright Realms above.

It is in Thy Name that Thy children gather, and it is to Thy service that once more we dedicate our lives and our future.

Father of all, send down upon Thy children strength and healing and forgetfulness; blot out all that seeks to wound, and grant that the vision may come - that vision where no grief can find a place but only the Joy that is of Thee...Amen.

 
 

"A few drops of blood renew the whole world, and become for all men that which rennet is for milk, uniting and drawing us into one". "Christ is like leaven for the entire mass, and having made that which was damned one with himself, frees the whole from damnation".

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2014, 12:17:31 AM »
"...According to your faith be it unto you" Matthew 9:29

O Christ, we pray in faith. We take You at Your word, we throw off the interpretation of the world, of those bound by the intellectualities of their age, and take You at Your word... 'As thy faith, so shall it be unto thee!' May we have no reservation as to this whatsoever.

O Master Christ, enable us to fathom the truth that: As our faith, so it shall it be with us. In our moments of weakness remind us that we only need to wish for greater faith, only desire those higher, purer, sweeter things - and You will complete that which we had scarce begun.

Renew our understanding, O Lord, that faith which is of the mind alone is only half-faith, good it may be if it is a stepping stone to something better, yet remembering there is a terrific gap between faith-of-the-mind and faith-in-action.

Help us realise, Lord Redeemer, that half-faith means we walk warily when it is a matter of putting faith to the test in case things go wrong; and that putting faith into action with the certainty of all coming right, would not be faith at all.

Lead us, we beseech You, O Christ, into understanding that when we are free from our limitations, we shall see that not one act of faith will not be found to have been justified up to the hilt, and that in Your sight, there are no failures of faith because the seed was planted in spiritual soil.

May we always remember Your words Lord, and that this is an immovable truth: As our faith, so shall it be with us; and when we are in our right Home we will find there, stored as treasure, our acts of faith, which indeed show love for You, O Christ.

Most Gracious One, we know we shall not grasp the depth of the Love of Your Great Heart, and yet we humbly beseech You to grant each one of Your children something of the meaning of Divine Love, and bring to us, if it is Your Will, comprehension, O Lord, of what it means to be filled with love for You once free in the Spirit, and how that love for You will so suffuse our whole being that anything we find in us that does not harmonise with that love, will cause us to wish with all our hearts that we had truly put our faith into action to its fullest extent, holding nothing back, nothing at all.

We thank You with grateful hearts O Lord of Life. Amen.



O Christ, our understanding Friend, when we come into Thy Presence, we ask Thee, out of Thy Love, to bestow on each one just that which they need, so that each moment may lead them a stage nearer to Thee.

Father, we as children in understanding in relation to Thy illimitable Truth, entreat Thee to make it possible that the mind of the body may not fetter, may not shut us out from that Light which Thou hast provided for all who seek. Make it possible that as Spirit we can contact with Spirit, and that as children - wishing to love their Divine Parent - we can truly feel our love make the connection with Thee Who loves us so well...

As always, we ask Thee to send down the power - the power which will make it possible for Thee to impart that portion of the Truth which Thy little ones, cabined in the body, can take in...

And, O Father of Love, be with us and be in us, for we would do as Thou wouldst have us do, and we would be faithful even as Thou hast asked...

O Christ, in love, humility and understanding, comprehending the sacred character of Holy Communion with Thee, we trust that meeting with thee is certain because Thou hast asked us to follow Thee... Amen...

"A few drops of blood renew the whole world, and become for all men that which rennet is for milk, uniting and drawing us into one". "Christ is like leaven for the entire mass, and having made that which was damned one with himself, frees the whole from damnation".

Gregory of Nazianzu

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2014, 12:47:14 AM »
O Gracious God, we come to Thee with happy hearts, with hopes that are high and with a faith that is firm. Grant that upon each one of Thy children the Holy Spirit may descend, and that they, feeling that sweet companionship, shall indeed forget the world and all that seeks to hinder...

O Father, we pray that the Light may come - we ask it for Thine own dear sake. And we know that in gathering together for sacred Communion with Thee, we are indeed as little children seeking to carry out the injunction which Thou hast laid upon us; and because of this the protection is secure, the blessing is three-fold, and the joy and the peace of the Spirit is here.

O Father, because Thou art Spirit, grant that we may emerge from the smaller self into that new liberty of consciousness - that consciousness that we are Spirit, that consciousness that we are linked to Thee for all Eternity. Enlarge the borders of our thinking, open our hearts and minds to Love - to the bigger sweeter, purer Love - and make it possible that in front the Star may be seen, even as those who were out in the darkness saw the Star of sacred worth, of the Redeeming Spirit. Grant that Thy children on earth may, with faith, raise their eyes from the earth and see the star of attainment - of spiritual attainment - calling them on and on...

Take of us, take of each one, that which we have to offer - our thoughts, the love of our hearts, the wish to serve; and grant that these, coming under Thy Divine understanding, may be found acceptable and may be used to carry out any service which Thou hast given us to carry out... We ask it with humility, yet with certainty that as we ask, so the Grace will come.

Father, we thank Thee... thank Thee... Amen...



"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" Luke 9:23

"Come to me, all who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you refreshing rest" Matthew
11:28



O Mighty Father, when we come to You, we place ourselves before All in the Godhead, as All in the Godhead is as One with You.

Most Gracious Christ, You have asked those who would follow You in faith and in love, to pick up their crosses and carry them; but You have also implored these to come unto You.

Therefore, in faith and trust we humbly approach You in prayerful Communion, and in so doing You are able to bestow those invigorating gifts of regeneration on those You love so well, those You love with a love beyond comprehension.

Loving Saviour, how You long for Your loved ones to turn to You and make that Communion complete; banish from the minds of any of Your children the perilous thoughts postured by Your unseen enemies that any who seek to come to You in love could be turned away; let those who follow You have perfect faith that only the wish to contact with You is enough to make the connection complete.

Only You, O Lord, in Your immeasurable generosity, know how to give the best gifts; You watch over us who, out of love for You, set out, heavy laden, on the arduous journey to follow You and to be with You; and You see the pitfalls, the boulders obscuring the path, the ravines to be crossed; and yet You do not wait for us to arrive at journey's end but You ensure that we have gifts of refreshment all along the way.

Tender and courageous Jesus, You see in the hearts of those who love You that each one, if they could, would gladly do as he who bore Your Cross for a time when like a Lamb You were sent to slaughter on that awful day.

We remember, O Lord, that the crosses borne by those who follow You, bring them closer to You in understanding something of Your pain and anguish for those who are lost, signs that those who love You are closer to the unthinkable gift of Divine Love that You have ordained they shall have in its fullest measure, to be expanded until All is in All.

O Master and Companion, You came to the world and it knew You not; yet today, all day, and every day, You come with the offer of protection, of guidance and of unlimited love; and through Your Grace, out of our tiny resources of feeling and love we can link ourselves with The Divine, with You, in that happy sense of companionship, and throw in our lot with You, the understanding, all-Compassionate Friend of friends.

Lord and Master, You poured out Your Love upon men in the past and gathered to Yourself that devotional love which could not be expressed in any terms - And today, You, through the Wonder that You are, continue to do these things in Spirit even though the conduit for Divine Being and Power has been removed as far as the Earthly tabernacle is concerned.

Dearest Lord, we are blessed beyond description that in our daily life, in trivial, mundane things, when spiritual conceptions seem far away, You walk with us, just as You walked with Your disciples of old, entering into their interests, watchful that harm to the soul should be kept far from them, and mindful of their physical wants - that thoughtfulness over all things that concerned them.

And today, O Christ, You are with us, offering Your companionship and all that means; we can turn to You with confidence, with certainty that in so doing we are obeying Your most loving injunction.

Because of You and Your guidance, Dearest Lord, we can look back on the last ploughed furrow, and although it took a sharp spade and strong arm to turn the soil, we can look back and thank You God, and we can say with gladness that You brought us through safely, that by Your Grace the mind is separated from the cloying desires of the world.

Great Father, You give to us the larger vision and, as we come to You, You come to meet us, because we have emerged from captivity and the healing Spirit of Peace has descended upon us, and we have gone on our way inspired by the Spirit of God, gone on our way with determination and with rejoicing - rejoicing because we see something of where Your Spirit leads and something of what It produces now and in time to come.

O Father, we rest on the understanding of the suffering Christ, protected and sheltered beneath the influence of the Holy Spirit, having left darkness for twilight, into the dawn which leads to the brightness of the full day where the revelation of Your sunshine pours down upon us, renews us and refreshes us - just as Your promise declares - and so it shall always be.

For all Your many good gifts, the best gifts, O Beautiful Bestower, we thank You endlessly, but most of all we thank You, as Your children, for Yourself. Amen.
"A few drops of blood renew the whole world, and become for all men that which rennet is for milk, uniting and drawing us into one". "Christ is like leaven for the entire mass, and having made that which was damned one with himself, frees the whole from damnation".

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2014, 12:35:45 AM »
Good evening friends. Please permit me the almost unthinkable privilege of placing some prayerful offerings in this thread. Thank you.


"O Christ, the Beloved of mankind, we come to Thee with childlike hearts, and we ask Thee to unveil that portion of Truth which it is Thy will that Thy children should make their own possession. Grant that as each one meets Thee at Thy behest, so also the Spirit within is heard. Grant that the consciousness may come that this earth life is but a pale reflection of the Life which is real, of the life which is everlasting, and that the day's trials and testings are not as blows but even as steps into understanding...

"O God, cleanse our hearts and minds so that faith may dwell therein, untroubled by all those many thoughts which are cast upon it by the world. Grant that faith may so establish itself in our lives that we can lay yesterday, today and tomorrow at Thy Feet, certain, positive that what is, is best - and more than that, is Love Itself.

"Christ, Thou knowest how hard it is to reach this high level, yet because the desire is there, Thou will help, and Thou will make it possible that the glorious Light which shines from Thee may blot out the past, may heal the present and illumine the future.

"In the spirit of reverence and service we commune with Thee, and we ask Thee to bless us, to bless us in that way which each one can understand - the blessing which is consciousness of love and harmony all around...

"Oh Father, teach us as the children we are... Amen...



Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth (1 John 3:18)

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34)

O Saviour of Glory, we joyously carry our crosses in the thought of Your wondrous Love, and we forever keep our eyes upon You, and in so doing we forget so easily any pangs in the glory of Your radiant smile, the smile to which thousands responded during the time You walked the earth.

O most caring Father, You know so well that our failures and any thoughts that are second best or third best appear large to us, and yet in Your magnificence You overlook them because we are Your child, the one You bind to Your Self so that the Spirit within the child and Your Spirit are of perfect unity, because of Your yearning for Your child.

O Great Leader Christ, in the adoption to ourselves of Your most precious Name, we are presented with the two sides of the coin, one side reflecting the sadness perhaps, yet the other side is of such radiant Love that one thought of it covers over that which presents itself as sadness and it is as if it never was.

O Most High Lord, Your children see but a little distance ahead, but You see all of our chances and opportunities, our disadvantages and disabilities, and You also see completion, You see the end of the journey, the purification, the weakness overcome with victory, and the eternal establishment of strength.

O All-Wise God, protect us from erecting barriers between brother and brother, sister and sister, because of that built up by the mind, because of the overbearing weight of creed or practice to the exclusion of the passing on of Your glorious Love to others.

O Mighty Protector, forbid that which creates an impenetrable hedge that blocks out the functioning of Your sacred injunction to love one another; prohibit the driving of a wedge even between comrades which leads to the denying of the Spirit which is within.

Divine Spirit of Heavenly Love, in the Name of Love forever reveal to Your children the course to take, the Christ course, which is the way of Love, and forever instil and hold within all of Your children the family spirit, the joyful unity in Brotherhood and Sisterhood, the perfect Fraternity - the absence of which makes understanding You, O Great Father, nigh impossible, and which hinders, by its very denial of Love, the Grand Consummation that the Spirit within desires, when Divine Love will be All-in-All.

O Great Father, You have called Your children to be at peace one with another, and to demonstrate faith in Your simple and yet sacred Instruction to love one another - to love ones neighbour and in so doing to love You; to join hands spiritually and to engage in the part laid down by You for each one so that any differences become meaningless because All is reconciled through not only Your unbounded Love but through the love given out from the hearts of Your children - And from that wondrous time of All-in-All shall none escape, nor shall any argue or justify themselves against it any longer, because Your Love is unstoppable.

O Beloved Christ, reveal to us, each one, that the unbalanced-alliance to edifice, doctrine of the mind, or whatever body as a symbol has been chosen - show that if these, in any degree, have replaced Your direct Commandment to love others as You have loved them, then it stands between them and You, it means that the exquisite beauty of Divine Love has been blurred, it means that the veil has been drawn between them and the Shepherd who seeks the sheep until it is found.

O Royal Restorer, show us, Your children, how by our inability to see long distances, it is possible for Your enemies to sever friendships by the mere omission of a word here or there which the other required, by the raising up of differences of opinion as weapons instead of bouquets of sweet-scented flowers for consideration, by trifling thoughts that were not meant to harm but the destroyers were able to capture and use for destruction - show us that such things have severed links between the ones that You have called upon to love one another - and yet show us, Dear Lord, that in the Spirit so much of this would be revealed as trifling indeed, mere ghosts not worthy of consideration.

O Christ, Holy Master, we think of Your patience, we remember how you offered simple reasoning to those around You who tried with all their cunning to ensnare You, and then we realise how often You were silent when that silence could have been full of endless condemnation - and we take from that our Example because we want no other, and so we enter further and further into understanding the blessing of peace-makers.

You know Dearest Father God, O Divine Guide, that sometimes it is hard for us to lay aside our instinctive reservations in order to preserve peace, and yet we know that through experience and observation that the peace declares Your Presence, and all is well so soon by reason of Your gift, bringing a freedom and a charity of thought which has its blessings now, and yet has far deeper blessings in the time to come when conditions of Light and Love become open to us because of that simple practice of peace and love - O wondrous are Your ways O God - simple, so simple is Your Way, O Christ.

Forbid us, O Lord, never to overlook Your Command to love others in the way that You love us - so that we should always be of You and You in us, and not Your followers in name only.

May Christ be in our midst, may Christ be in our minds, may Christ be in our lives, bound to Him in that sweet and sacred companionship, bound to the True Shepherd who is forever concerned over His flock - the perfect Companion.

Almighty God, may Your great Father Heart draw us in and protect us from the enemies without, and centred in Your Love we are perfectly at rest. Amen.







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"A few drops of blood renew the whole world, and become for all men that which rennet is for milk, uniting and drawing us into one". "Christ is like leaven for the entire mass, and having made that which was damned one with himself, frees the whole from damnation".

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Re: Faith in prayer?
« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2014, 02:38:29 AM »
If you don't have Faith, then why even delve into why "prayer with faith?" Faith is something that responds to how and what you believe. I believe in Jesus Christ so I have faith in prayer. Faith is KNOWING He hears. :dsunny:
Mic 7:8  Thou dost not rejoice over me, O mine enemy, When I have fallen, I have risen, When I sit in darkness Jehovah is a light to me.