God is constantly being God. God already is being all that God can
be. We cannot change God. God is forever flowing and God is
unchanging, eternally perfect. Our prayers have no effect on God
because God is already Infinite Divine Being forever. So why then should
we pray? What is the real purpose of prayer?
Since God is already being all
that God is, it is we who need prayer in order to let God Is.
We need to pray because it is in prayer that we remember to let
God flow. In true prayer we “create an opening” into which God’s
grace can flow. God is constantly available, but we have to “create
an opening.” We have to get out of the way. We have to surrender
our personal lives in order to experience God’s impersonal perfect
In the 14th century it was said that, “God abhors a
vacuum. He can’t abide a vacuum anywhere under heaven, large or
small. All you have to do is to become empty of self and
automatically you’re full of God.” 1
It is we who need to pray in order to
“create an opening” into which God can flow.
It is just like
electricity. Electricity is constantly flowing in our houses,
constantly available, but it will do us no good if the switch is
turned off. If we want to have the power of electricity, it will do
no good to complain that we don’t have it. It will do no good to
say, “I’m just not good enough. I guess I don’t have enough
understanding.” Even years of study about electricity won’t
make it work for us. The simple fact is, if we want electricity, we
have to throw the switch which creates an opening into which
electricity can flow. And then we can have light, heat, and all
modern conveniences. God is just like that.
You do not have to
understand God, or study about God for several years. And praying to
God to do this or that will not bring God into your life. In fact,
you cannot ever be good enough to influence God, nor can you
be bad enough to influence God. None of this has anything to do with
If you want to experience God, you must throw the switch. You
must create an opening through which God can flow. Therefore, you must pray.
But now we
understand that prayer is not vain repetitions, or begging or
beseeching. True prayer is in going beyond words and thoughts into
the Silence of being. Because it is in the Silence that God can
happen. God is a verb not a noun! God happens, and God happens when we
create an opening through prayer.
Now then, let God happen. Be
still and let God happen to you. It makes no difference whether you
have been good or bad, wise or stupid, whether you are young or old.
None of this has any bearing on it. God needs no help. God already
Is, and God is flowing now. Get out of the way and let God is. Let