How God Answers Prayers Regarding War
In this mediated message, John explains how God answers prayers regarding war and what role is played by good and evil spirits and humans themselves. For related information, go to this page.
John, the Apostle, Explains
How and When God Answers Prayer in the Case of Warring Nations
I AM HERE. John.
I come to you today because I see what your condition is and that you need encouragement. And, as I am your special guardian, I could not abstain from writing to you. So, I say, trust in the Father and in our help and you will not be disappointed.
It has been a long time since I have written to you with regard to spiritual things, and I desire very much to do so. I have important messages to communicate, as have many other spirits who have been accustomed to writing to you.
While your material affairs are important, yet, these spiritual Truths are of more importance, not only to you but also to the world for whom they are primarily intended. The world needs these Truths more at this time than ever before. And the sooner we can complete our book of Truths, the better it will be for suffering humanity, and for many whose hearts are now lacerated because of the great destruction of human life caused by the war [World War I].
Well, I know that many believe that, in some way, God has an overpowering direction as regards the progress and outcome of the war; and, in a certain sense, this is true. He is always interested in, and seeks to reach, the souls and hearts of mankind and, of course, desires that the great suffering and devastation shall cease. But as the cause of all this was the evil desires and ambitions of men, He will let men, themselves, control the conduct and outcome of the war. He will not end the war by His exercise of Power in an arbitrary way, or determine which of the contending nations shall be successful, except in this: that through the instrumentality of His Spirit, He will influence the minds and consciences of these men in such a way that right and justice will prevail, and the evil thoughts and deeds of men will be stopped in their operations. His spirits are working toward this end at this time, and have been for a long time. And so have the evil spirits been working to bring discord and destruction upon humanity. The leaders of the nations have been obsessed to a large degree by these evil spirits, and have been influenced in many of their thoughts and acts by these dark ones who delight in seeing mankind suffer, and in evil asserting itself.
The spirits of Truth are exercising a wonderful power over the hearts and souls of men, and one that will cause them to realize sooner that evil must not be allowed to prevail, and that truth and right must assert themselves to the end that the war must not only cease but also that men must become more in unison with truth and justice. The Father will answer prayer in this way, and His Love will also continue to flow to men.
I know that prayers for success are ascending unto the Father from many men and from many of the churches of the respective contending nations. But only those prayers which tend to bring about the overruling of evil and injustice will be answered. And the spirits who are working the Father’s Will will answer only those prayers which, in their granting, will bring about the desired end.
As I have said, while God does not take interest in these matters by His arbitrary Power and Decree that the one or the other of these warring nations shall overcome and conquer the others, yet, by His angels, He does exercise such influence upon the men who are engaged in the struggle that, in the end, His Will will be brought to pass. But, men, immediately, must determine the course and results of the issue. No miracle will be performed which will make one side the conqueror of the other. But while this is so, this determination by men will be angelically influenced, as I have stated.
Man has his free will, and, as we have written you, that is never arbitrarily controlled by the Father. But, in the exercise of that free will, whenever man violates the Laws of God, man must suffer the penalty of that violation. This is a never-changing law of the material as well as of the spirit world. When evil is sown, evil must be reaped. And until this evil ceases to operate as a cause, good will not appear. The men who are directing the war must understand that this law is operating in the conduct of the war, and that evil thoughts put into execution will inviolably bring evil consequences.
You may look for an earlier determination of the struggle than some men now believe possible. Yet, ere that end comes, many mortals will become spirits and find their homes—some in the darker spheres, and some in those of light and love. But all are the children of God, and they will not be forsaken by Him in the great eternity.
In closing, I leave you with my love, and urge you to pray to the Father.
Your brother in Christ, JOHN.
Mrs. Padgett Refers to a Message That John, the Apostle, Wrote Concerning
How Prayers Are Answered for Material Things
I AM HERE. Helen.
Well, dear, I am glad that John wrote you as he did, for it will give you an insight into some principles regarding the powers of spirits to help mortals that you may not have understood before. What he said is true, and I am glad that he wrote.
It may prove a little disappointing to learn that spirits have not the powers to do everything, as mortals may suppose, but I do not want you to underestimate their powers; for they have great powers, even as respects the material things. Of course, they cannot move a house, or cause the wealth of one mortal to be removed from him and placed in the possession of another, but they can and do use great influence on mortals to cause them to do physical things that the spirits cannot directly do.
Your prayers are not futile, even as to these material things that are subject to the control of mortals. For, under certain circumstances, these very mortals are subject to our influence and, thereby, our control. When we promise you that a certain thing or things will happen, we mean that we will exercise our influence on mortals in such a way that they will bring about these happenings in response thereto. And you must not believe that, when we promise you something, that something will come to you as a matter of course. We mean that it will come to you primarily by reason of the work that we are doing among mortals. We can see some things before they have an existence in your physical world and can tell you of the same, and some things we believe will happen, and also tell you. And when they do not, we are disappointed as well as are you.
Your own true and loving HELEN.
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