Excerpt from 1961 Washington D.C., Special Class -
The Attitude and Altitude of Prayer
Master #409 - Tape 1 - Side 2
We are uniting consciously with our source which is God. Remember we are already one with God. That is a relationship that never can be broken. I and my Father are one. This is an eternal relationship which began before Abraham was in the beginning and it will continue until the end of time. But the prodigal experience in which we left our Father's house -- in other words we broke our contact with divine consciousness, at least in our mind, in our belief, has set us up as separate and apart from God. Now remember we could not be separate and apart from God in reality, it is only as a dream experience or an illusory experience of the mind just like you could close your eyes now and decide that you will leave this room, and without leaving your seat you would in time if you persisted in that -- you would cut yourself off from what is being said and revealed here, and insofar as you are concerned it would be the same as if you had left the room. In other words, you broke the mental contact or spiritual contact and you might continue hearing the words in your ear and yet they make no impression in your consciousness. Why? You have mentally broken the contact.
So it was that as prodigals we never did leave our Father's house because the Father won't release us. As a matter of fact the Father couldn't release us because I and the Father are one. He'd have to break Himself in two in order to get rid of us and you can't break infinity at any point or it would no longer be infinity. Now, since I and the Father are one, the only way that I can lose my inheritance is by mentally cutting myself off and saying, "I'm no longer one with my Father. I'm going to be something of myself." And then I've really created a selfhood apart from God but I've only done it in the mind, I haven't done it in Truth. And at any moment I can awaken, and just by an activity of consciousness, return to my Father's house, the house I never left. So watch this in your meditation now -- you are agreeing that I and the Father are one and that the kingdom of God is within me. And so now I am not returning to my Father's house but I am becoming conscious of the fact that I never left my Father's house -- that I and my Father are one, always have been one, always will be one, for I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. Then what happens when we are consciously one with God -- go back to the example of the tree now, and you'll find that you are also one with every other branch that is on that tree. In other words, you are now one with companionship, with supply, with home, with activity, with fruitfulness -- you are one with every branch on God's tree. All because you are one with the Father. You are one with every child of God.
When you enter meditation in this light you are fulfilling what I brought out last night about the attitude and the altitude of prayer. The attitude of prayer or meditation is, "I am returning to my Father's house. I am going within to commune with the Spirit within me. I am recognizing, "I and the Father are one." I am the branch reuniting with the tree -- becoming consciously aware as one with the tree. I am becoming conscious of my oneness with God, and in my oneness with all Spiritual being, idea - with life, with love, with substance, with law, with peace, joy, dominion - ah, yes, above all - in my oneness with God, I am one with the grace of God. In my oneness with God I receive God's grace. In my oneness with God I receive the benediction of God. The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me when I am in communion with my Father within. The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me. His Spirit dwells in me and this, ah, this -- "If so be the Spirit of God dwelleth in you, then are you the child of God, and if a child heir, joint heir with Christ to all the heavenly riches, if so be the Spirit of God dwell in you."
And I am in meditation now for only one reason -- that I may be consciously aware that the Spirit of God dwells in me -- that His Spirit is upon me, that His grace is with me, that His benediction touches me. I am here in prayer, in meditation -- not to ask for anything, not to demand anything, not even to desire anything -- only to know that I in the midst of me is God. Only to know that I can do all things through this indwelling Spirit, the Christ, the Son of God in me. I am only here in meditation for one purpose to know that I live, yet not I, this Christ, this Spirit of God in me, this indwelling Spirit is living my life -- that this indwelling Spirit is my bread, and my meat, and my wine, and my water -- is the resurrection unto my whole experience. Even the lost years of the locust are restored to me by this indwelling Spirit. Thy grace is my sufficiency in all things. In this meditation I am realizing that thy grace is with me, and it is my sufficiency. I need not ask for anything for thou knowest my need even before I do. I need not ask for anything for it is thy good pleasure to give me the kingdom. My part is to dwell humbly in the house of the Lord. My part is to acknowledge that "except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it." In meditation I acknowledge Him in all my ways. I acknowledge that God is my life, the very substance of my body, the law unto my existence. I acknowledge that I live by God's grace - not by might, not by power, but by God's grace -- by this Spirit of God indwelling.
This is the attitude of prayer -- the attitude, acknowledgement, recognition, realization. This is the attitude and the motive. And, the altitude is when having voiced this or thought this, I'm silent. "Speak Lord thy servant heareth." And then wait for that Spirit to consciously be upon me -- for that Spirit to announce Itself and say, "Fear not, I am with thee. I will never leave thee. I will be with thee unto the end of the world. I am thy meat, thy wine, thy water. I am the resurrection unto thy whole experience. I in the midst of you am mighty." This is the altitude when the still small voice speaks to us -- when we have finished speaking within and when the voice begins to speak to us -- not necessarily audibly, and yet leaving us with this impression, "I have been touched by the Spirit. I have received thy grace, thy benediction." And there you have the attitude of prayer and you have the altitude of prayer which is the same in meditation.