Not yet, God. I'm still talking!

How to tune into God's messages—without the static.

How often, when you pray, have you wanted to give God all the details of your problem? Do you sometimes feel like saying, "Don't give me any answers just yet, God. I'm still talking!"

Yet this approach to prayer isn't in keeping with what Christ Jesus taught. He said, "When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly" (Matt. 6:6).

There's a shut door in this approach to prayer. In the personal precincts of our consciousness, where we commune with God, we need to close the door to the carnal mind's thoughts. In many cases that means we should silence our personal agenda. How do we do that? By realizing that genuine prayer to God is not about waging a psychological battle between good and evil. We are not engaged in a mind-over-matter warfare either. Prayer is the uplifting faith and understanding that we are now completely spiritual and good, the child of God. We are the image and likeness of God, the divine Mind. As we realize the truth of who and what we are, we'll find the door of our "closet" closing naturally to personal agendas, to fear, and to anxiety. Our thought will be prepared to hear whatever God is revealing to us—the exact healing truth that we need. In this uplifted consciousness is the resolution to every problem, challenge, or fear.

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Happiness—yours to give
April 27, 1998

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