Jesus is sometimes dismissed as someone who sort of drifted through life with his head in the clouds—someone whose teachings are lovely but vague and not very practical. Even many of his immediate followers had trouble seeing how his spiritual teachings could be of much practical use.
But Jesus was a realistic, pragmatic man. He experienced the same doubts, fears, confusion and error thinking that haunt our own lives, and he moved through those experiences to demonstrate a whole world of practical new possibilities available to us.
Jesus was especially clear on the subject of prayer. In the Gospel of Mark he tells his disciples, “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it and it is yours.” Nothing could be more unequivocal than that.
The challenge lies in ‘believing that we have received.’ Too often we pray believing that we lack something—that Divine Spirit is withholding our good. We may secretly believe that Spirit is justified in doing so—that we don’t really deserve what we’re nonetheless praying for. Maybe God will cut us some slack—just this once!
As the late metaphysics teacher Ed Rabel used to say, “Beseeching prayer doesn’t work. Except when it does.” I’m sure we’ve all experienced times when our sheer desperation was answered with divine Grace. But we were not meant to live from crisis to crisis, constantly pleading for what we believe is being denied us. “I come,” said the Christ as Jesus, “that they may have life, and have it abundantly!”
Once we come to understand ourselves as the Christ, the Presence and Power of God, we find that all things are indeed available to us. We pray, not to ‘change God’s mind,’ but to align our own faith with the absolute Truth that when our will and divine Will are in alignment, all things are possible.
Today, I believe and affirm that my good, in whatever form I need it to express, is moving to me now through time and space—quickly, and in peace. Thank You, God.