Peruse ye every day the verses revealed by God. Blessed is the man
who reciteth them and reflecteth upon them. He truly is of them
with whom it shall be well.274
Such hindrances (i.e. illness and outer difficulties) no matter
how severe and insuperable they may at first seem, can and should
be effectively overcome through the combined and sustained power
of prayer and of determined and continued effort.284
God will answer the prayer of every servant if that prayer is urgent.
His mercy is vast, illimitable. He answers the prayers of all His
servants . . .
But we ask for things which the divine wisdom does not desire for
us, and there is no answer to our prayer. His wisdom does not sanction
what we wish. We pray, O God! Make me wealthy! If this
prayer were universally answered, human affairs would be at a standstill.
There would be none left to work in the streets, none to till the
soil, none to build, none to run the trains. Therefore, it is evident
that it would not be well for us if all prayers were answered. The
affairs of the world would be interfered with, energies crippled
and progress hindered. But whatever we ask for which is in accord
with divine wisdom, God will answer. Assuredly!
For instance, a very feeble patient may ask the doctor to give him
food which would be positively dangerous to his life and condition.
He may beg for roast meat. The doctor is kind and wise.He knows
it would be dangerous to his patient so he refuses to allow it.
The doctor is merciful; the patient, ignorant. Through the doctors
kindness the patient recovers; his life is saved. Yet the patient
may cry out that the doctor is unkind, not good, because he refuses
to answer his pleading.
God is merciful. In His mercy He answers the prayers of all His
servants when according to His supreme wisdom it is necessary.285
If sorrow and adversity visit us, let us turn our faces to the
Kingdom and heavenly consolation will be outpoured. If we are sick
and in distress let us implore Gods healing, and He will answer
our prayer.When our thoughts are filled with the bitterness of this
world, let us turn our eyes to the sweetness of Gods compassion
and He will send us heavenly calm!279
Pray for strength. It will be given to you, no matter how difficult
The true worshipper, while praying, should endeavour not so much
to ask God to fulfil his wishes and desires, but rather to adjust
these and make them conform to the Divine Will. Only through such
an attitude can one derive that feeling of inner peace and contentment
which the power of prayer alone can confer.287
Whoso reciteth, in the privacy of his chamber, the verses revealed
by God, the scattering angels of the Almighty shall scatter abroad
the fragrance of the words uttered by his mouth, and shall cause
the heart of every righteous man to throb. Though he may, at first,
remain unaware of its effect, yet the virtue of the grace vouchsafed
unto him must needs sooner or later exercise its influence upon
Gather ye together with the utmost joy and fellowship and recite
the verses revealed by the merciful Lord. By so doing the doors
to true knowledge will be opened to your inner beings, and ye will
then feel your souls endowed with steadfastness and your hearts
filled with radiant joy.277
Through the faculty of meditation man attains to eternal life;
through it he receives the breath of the Holy Spirit the
bestowal of the Spirit is given in reflection and meditation.
The spirit of man is itself informed and strengthened during meditation;
through it affairs of which man knew nothing are unfolded before
his view. Through it he receives Divine inspiration, through it
he receives heavenly food.
. . . This faculty of meditation frees man from the animal nature,
discerns the reality of things, puts man in touch with God.291
5 Steps of Prayer-- Suggestions to solve problems with prayer
First step. Pray and meditate about it.
Use the prayers of the Manifestations as they have the greatest
power. Then remain in the silence of contemplation for a few minutes.
Second step. Arrive at a decision and hold to this. This
decision is usually born during the contemplation. It may seem almost
impossible of accomplishment but if it seems to be an answer to
a prayer or a way of solving the problem, then immediately take
the next step.
Third step. Have determination to carry the decision through.
Many fail here. The decision, budding into determination, is blighted
and instead becomes a wish or a vague longing. When determination
is born, immediately take the next step.
Fourth step. Have faith and confidence that the power will
flow through you, the right way will appear, the door will open,
the right book will be given too you. Have confidence, and the right
thing will come to your need. Then, as you rise from prayer, take
at once the fifth step.
Fifth step. Act as though it had all been answered. Act
with tireless, ceaseless energy, And as you act, you, yourself,
will become a magnet, which will attract more power to your being,
until you become an unobstructed channel for the Divine Power to
flow through you.
Many pray but do not remain for the last half of the first step.
Some who meditate arrive at a decision, but fail to hold it. Few
have the determination to carry the decision through, and still
fewer have the confidence that the right thing will come to their
need. But how many remember to act as though it had all been answered?
How true are those words Greater than the prayer is
the spirit in which it is uttered, but greater than the way it is
uttered is the spirit in which it is carried out.290