MKMMA Week 21 – The Truth
Terms and Definitions
- The true or actual state of a matter
- Conformity with fact or reality; Verity
- A verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like
- The world or universe regarded as an orderly, harmonious system
- a complete, orderly, harmonious system
- order; harmony
- A state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order
- any confused, disorderly mass
- the infinity of space or formless matter supposed to have preceded the existence of the ordered universe
- A devout petition to God or an object of worship.
- A spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession.
- A formula or sequence of words used in or appointed for praying
What is Prayer?
Haanel states in the preface to part 21:
Consequently, if prayer has ever been answered, it will always be answered, if the proper conditions are complied with. This must necessarily be true; otherwise the universe would be a chaos instead of a cosmos. The answer to prayer is therefore subject to law, and this law is definite, exact and scientific, just as are the laws governing gravitation and electricity. An understanding of this law takes the foundation of Christianity out of the realm of superstition and credibility and places it upon the firm rock of scientific understanding.
But, unfortunately, there are comparatively few persons who know how to pray.
They understand that there are laws governing electricity, mathematics, and chemistry, but, for some inexplicable reason, it never seems to occur to them that there are also spiritual laws, and that these laws are also definite, scientific, exact, and operate with immutable precision.
So, it behooves us to learn how to pray. In the King James version of the Bible, the word “prayer” occurs 128 times. The word “pray” occurs 508 times.The concept of praying without ceasing or praying continually occurs six times. Probably the most recognized quote is in First Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
The second definition of prayer above leads us to the idea of association or fellowship with God. Or in terms that we are familiar with in this class, holding the thought or idea in mind. In paragraph 12, Haanel states “the predominant thought or the mental attitude is the magnet, and the law is that ‘like attracts like’, consequently the mental attitude will invariably attract such conditions as correspond to its nature.”
In paragraphs 13-15, he says that if we wish to change a condition all that’s necessary is to change our thought. He does acknowledge that it is no easy matter to change the mental attitude, But outlines a method of doing exactly that: impress on the mind a perfect picture of the desire which you wish to have objectified and continue to hold the picture in mind until results are obtained.
What is the Truth?
This question that Pilate asked Jesus is one that most of us find important. Jesus said he came into the world to bear witness to the truth.He also said he was the way, the truth, and the life. He told the Jews which believed in him, “if you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”.
How do we join the club that gets prayers answered? Is there only one sect that is favored above all others? Does God sometimes say yes and sometimes say no to the same question? Jesus opened the way to God because
14 As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the desert, in the same way the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. 16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. 17. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior. (John 3:14-17 Good News Translation)
What if we think we are inadequate, because we have failed to be or do something?
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has resurrected together with Him, having forgiven you all sins. 14 He blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us and contrary to us, and He took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed authorities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them by the cross. (Colossians 2:13-15, Modern English Version)
Remember, God loved the world, not the Jews, Christians, Muslims, or any division.
Haanel paragraph 27. The Divine Mind is the Universal Mind; it makes no exceptions, it plays no favorites; it does not act through sheer caprice or from anger, jealousy or wrath; neither can it be flattered, cajoled or moved by sympathy or petition to supply a man with some need which he thinks necessary for his happiness or even his existence. The Divine Mind makes no exceptions to favor any individual; but when the individual understands and realizes his unity universal principle he will appear to be favored because he will have found the source of all health, all wealth, and all power.