One of the basics of any religion is that of prayer – communing with our Source and having a personal relationship with It. Many refer to that Source as God, Father, Divine Mother, etc. Since It is an ifinite Being, whatever names we give are truly just for our own identification and help serve us to feel a connection with the Divine. Begging and pleading the Divine is not the avenue of New Thought teachings. Yes, making our needs and desires known helps us clarify and helps pinpoint them. But the Divine energy we pray to is totally within us.
Of utmost importance is to have this connection and communication on a regular, daily basis. “Spiritual muscles” need to be built little by little on a consistent basis. One of the first and primary stances to take when approaching prayer with our heavenly Father is to take on the attitude of childlike expectancy. To be open to knowing our oneness with the One and to rejoice in that. To know that the intent of the Divine is to withhold nothing, but to let us experience the Kingdom of Heaven here and now – within our own being.
It takes quieting the insistent chattering of the mind. Psalm 46:10 states: “Be still and know that I am God.” Stillness is a prerequisite to experience the Presence and a true mystical union with the Divine is the ultimate goal of prayer.
Say with me: “My life is enriched as I quiet my mind and go within to pray to the Divine within. God knows my every need and I rejoice in accepting with gratitude the gifts I am given. And it is so.”
—Rev. Gay Beauregard, Alpine Church of Spiritual Living