Are Your Prayers Self-Defeating?
In the last post, I ended with a promise to explain the insanity of trying to use Truth to improve your life. The fictitious runner’s story below is used to make a point.
For sixteen months, Imogene Franklin pushed her body through a tortuous training program. In the upcoming race, she wanted to beat the world record for the fifty-yard dash. On the day of the race, Imogene does something strange. At the starting block, she pulls a rope from her waistband and ties it around her ankles. The gun fires. The racers are off. Imogene, ankles tied together, falls flat on her stomach, scraping the side of her face. Why, after all those months of training, would she tie her ankles together? It was a self-defeating act. Wouldn’t you agree?
Did you make the connection between Imogene and people who are trying to use Truth to fix their lives? There is a connection.
Most likely, you are like many of our other readers. You agree that God is the only Presence. You believe that God is All. You, I’m sure believe – even know – that God is Perfection. Not merely perfect, but Perfection Itself. As God is omnipresent Perfection, there is no spot where Perfection is not. According to what you say you believe, this Perfection has to include every aspect of your life – the whole shebang!
Denying God’s Omnipresence But Still Wanting It
“Praying” with the intention to improve any aspect of your life is denying God’s Perfection being that aspect. Praying to improve any aspect of your life is affirming the absence of Perfection in and as that particular aspect. It’s like tying your ankles before the gun goes off. It’s self-defeating.
It does you no good to start your praying with the absence of God. Denying God’s ever present Perfection while hoping for it is being double minded. Nothing good can come from it. Reader, inherently you know that God is changeless. “I am the Lord thy God and I change not.” If God’s Perfection is not already present in, through and as the entirety of your life, it will never be present.
The thing to do is to realize that the allness of Perfection is all that there is as your life, mind, being and body. The thing to do is to realize that this Perfection is the only experience.
Betty, Joel Goldsmith, and Practical Prayer
Is it practical to not pray about your problems? Is it practical (as suggested in the previous post) to take your prayerful attention completely off of your seeming problems? It’s the most practical thing you can do. The following is a true story.
During one of my seminars in Arizona, I met a woman named Betty (name changed). Betty was a friend and student of Joel Goldsmith, founder of The Infinite Way. At the time of this story, Betty was a middle-aged woman seeking direction and purpose in her life. She was too vibrant to rock her life away watching games shows on television. Betty craved a purposeful and successful life. However, Betty knew that praying for purpose, success and money were spiritual no-nos. Remember, she was a close friend of Goldsmith’s. The core principle of Infinite Way is praying only for a realization of God. As impractical as this seemed, God-realization was her only focus.
On a trip to Washington, DC, Betty and a friend dined at one of those hifalutin restaurants in northwest DC. Her dinner companion excused himself to go to the restroom. While waiting for him to return, Betty fiddled with her linen napkin. She twisted and looped it into a unique shape. As soon as she was done with napkin-twisting, a beautiful and richly dressed woman came over to her table. Pointing to the napkin, she said to Betty, “Where did you get that?” Betty answered, “I just did this while waiting for my dinner companion.” The woman told Betty that she was the queen of some small country and was here visiting the embassy. “I am having a dinner hosted by the state department and would like to have 1000 of those for the guests. Can you have them for me in three days?”
Betty, a former restaurant owner, said “Yes.” Quickly she assembled a team of people to make the intricately twisted napkins for this royal occasion. This was the start of a high-end tableware company that became a multi-million dollar business.
Did she pray about her problem? No. Was her God-focused prayer practical? You decide. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God … and all things shall be added unto you.”