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“All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (Matthew 5:37).
An important dynamic in our spiritual approach to life involves the power of choice. This modern translation of Jesus’ statement provides a good illustration. While not all situations seem to offer such a black and white choice, we are actually saying either yes or no to every proposition put before us. We can be saying yes to fear and no to peace, or no to opportunity and yes to the certainty of failure. Prayer, seen in light of the complete soul, is the conscious act of releasing (saying no) and affirming (saying yes) to a desired outcome.
Our former approach to prayer probably treated God as a caring parent who, in His wisdom, may or may not give us the things we ask for in prayer. Despite Jesus’ assurance that God does not give stones when we ask for bread or serpents when we ask for fish, our prayer still may be laced with doubt or feelings of unworthiness.
In our new approach to prayer, we do not seek to overcome God’s reluctance. Rather, we start with the acknowledgment that there is but one presence and one power of absolute good working through us at this very moment. We’re setting the bar. We’re not praying to God. We’re praying from the consciousness of God. We agree to say yes to this powerful realization and all it’s implications, and no to any thought or feeling that would say otherwise.
Established in the principle that the highest and best is working through us now, we say no, or release any doubts that arise as we move through our experience. We continue to say yes to the truth that the highest good is unfolding, even when things take an unexpected turn in what appears to be the wrong direction. We say no to fear, no to anger, no to impatience, and no to any thought of lack and limitation whatsoever.
Prayer, in this context, is a stream of choices that support the highest and best outcome for whatever our need. Set your course and hold fast to it. God is your unfailing support.