By Lowell Fillmore – Guest Author, Son of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore founders of Unity School of Christianity.
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REMEMBER that the divine supply is greater than the human demand.
Man asks too meagerly, calling for inferior things when he might just as easily call for the best, and plenty of it. The average person prays as if he felt that he might be robbing someone else if he asked for enough to supply all his needs, or as if the supply in the divine storehouse were running low.
I heard recently of a man who prayed that he might get to his mother’s bedside before she died, and his prayer was answered. He could however just as well have prayed that his mother be healed. Another man prayed that his brother be allowed to die without pain. God would have healed his brother, if he’d just known the Truth for his brother.
On a cold, snowy day a tired woman with a big bundle of groceries in her arms prayed that she might get a ride at least part of the way home. Sure enough, when she had gone two-thirds of the way a friendly neighbor picked her up in his car and took her the remaining one-third of the way. She could just as well have asked a ride all the way home.
When I was a boy I was impressed with the philosophy of an old doctor, a friend of our family. He said that he had prayed all his life for just enough to supply his daily needs, but had not asked for a bit more, and he said his prayer had been answered; he had never lacked for anything, but God would have given him more or if he had asked for more.
If you were hungry you could just as well ask for a square meal as for a crust of bread. Remember that the divine invitation is, “Ask, and you shall receive.” Jesus Christ, the great abundance Teacher, said, “Hitherto have you asked nothing in my name: ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be made full.” He also promised: “And whatsoever you shall ask in my name [nature], that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask anything in my name, that will I do.” [As a divine spiritual being, you are the Son.]
When we ask for a pittance we usually do so because we feel that there is not enough for all. This feeling shows that our faith in God’s inexhaustible abundance is weak. All things in nature have been provided lavishly. More seed is produced by plants than the soil can accommodate. Compared with the universe of stars and space our earth is so small that it is hardly a speck of dust, and compared with the size of the earth our personal needs are infinitesimal!
Surely the few extra grains of microscopic supply that we might ask for would make no difference to an infinite God Who controls the vase universe. In what way then is man’s supply limited if it is not limited by God’s will? The limitation is in man’s own capacity to receive. The very fact that he cannot ask largely proves that his capacity is limited.
Man’s capacity is limited largely by the fact that he lacks a sense of spiritual values. He thinks material things are more important than spiritual things. The power to use and enjoy material things depends upon a better understanding of spiritual things. The things of Spirit are far more valuable than the things of the physical world.
If you were to pray: “God, give me a million dollars,” you probably would not get it because you would not have faith that you would get it, and you would not have the ability to use it wisely. It would be much better to pray for wisdom, love, and understanding enough to be able to appreciate a million dollars. We need to pray for a greater capacity to live and understand life. God has already given us more than we are using. We must learn to use what we have.
God does not withhold His blessings just to hear us pray and cry for them. He has already given us all things, and He desires that we enjoy them. Our prayers should be said for the purpose of opening our own consciousness so that we may be able to see, understand, and use the omnipresent good that God has given us. Jesus said: “Seek His kingdom, and these things will be added unto you.” Instead of praying for a large sum of money in order to bring you happiness, why not pray for happiness in the first place? [Be happy as if you already have the money, and the money come more easily.]
We should never make the mistake of praying for something that belongs to another person or that will interfere with another’s liberty. To pray that Joe will do this or do that is not a large or a fair prayer. It is a little, narrow, selfish prayer. But to pray that Joe be freed to do the will of God takes all condemnation and limitation from him, leaving him free to do the will of his highest nature. This is the big prayer because it asks that Joe’s highest good be fulfilled, not just our own idea about his good.
Make your prayers definite, but do not make them inflexible. Always be ready to receive something better than the particular thing you have prayed for, and always remember that happiness, health, love, wisdom, harmony, and peace are much more to be desired than material things. In fact, when you have found the spiritual blessings you will have entered the kingdom of God in your earthly experience, and the other things, the material supplies, will be added.
When you pray, do not assume the role of a beggar but of a master. God to God unhampered by fear, worry, suspicion, or doubt. Do not question in your heart God’s ability, but rather give thanks that He is now answering your prayers. Ask largely. Give your whole self to God, and gratefully accept His riches freely.
God is your loving Father. Do not allow your selfish personal reservations to hold back your spiritual impulses, and God will not hold back anything from you.
It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you His treasure in marvelous measure! Accept this as so and live like you believe it. Gratefully claim and accept the vast good God has for you now.
The above is excerpted from: The Prayer Way To Health, Wealth, & Happiness.
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