I AM HERE. John.
I heard your prayer and know that this Love is flowing into your
soul, and that now you have a great abundance of Its possession of
which you are conscious. It will never fail you when you pray in
earnestness and with the real longings for Its coming. It is always
ready to respond to your aspirations and to make you feel Its
Presence and the happiness that comes with It.
As you know, I am your special friend in my work of helping to
develop your soul. And whenever you pray to the Father, as you have
just prayed, I come to you with my love and influence to help open
up your soul to the inflowing of this Love. Have faith, and you will
have the certainty of the presence of the Love, and that It is yours
and is seeking to come into your soul in greater abundance.
You are blessed in that you have the knowledge of the existence of
this Love, and that It may be yours if you so will It to be, and
pray with the true longings of your soulís desires. You cannot doubt
the Truth of what I write; for, as in the ordinary things of life,
there is nothing so convincing as personal experience. And your
experience is such that there has been no room for doubt. So, keep
the consciousness of the presence of this Love continually alive,
and pray and pray whenever the opportunity presents itself. By this,
I donít mean that you shall wait for a time when you are not engaged
in your business affairs. Rather, pray at moments when the mind may
be free from these business affairs, even if only for a moment. The
longings, if exercised only for a moment, will bring their results;
for Godís Ear is always open and ready to cause the responses to
ONE MOMENT OF TRUE SOUL-FELT LONGING IS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN HOURS OF
PRAYER WHERE THESE LONGINGS ARE NOT PRESENT. THE PRAYERS OF THE LIP
OR OF HABIT ARISE NO HIGHER THAN THE ESCAPING BREATH, AND DO NOT
CAUSE THE LOVE TO RESPOND AND FLOW INTO THE SOUL. REMEMBER THIS. AND
THEN REALIZE HOW FUTILE ARE ALL THE PRAYERS OF PREACHERS AND
OSTENSIBLE WORSHIPERS WHEN THE SOULíS LONGINGS AND DESIRES ARE NOT
ONLY SOUL CAN CALL TO SOUL, AND LOVE RESPONDS ONLY WHEN SUCH SOUL
CALLS. THE MERE DESIRES OF THE MIND, IF I MAY SO EXPRESS MY MEANING,
DO NOT IN THE LEAST AFFECT THE SOUL. AND AS MIND CAN OPERATE ONLY ON
MIND, THERE CANNOT POSSIBLY BE ANY ACTIVITY OF THE SOULíS FACULTIES
WHEN ONLY THE MIND IS OPERATING. HENCE, YOU WILL SEE THAT ALL THE
WORSHIP THAT COMES MERELY FROM THE MIND WILL NOT EFFECTUATE THE
WORKING OF THE LOVE, OR BRING THE SPIRITíS WORK INTO OPERATION.
I write this to further encourage you, and also to make plain the
necessity for the true prayer.