On Praying for Divine Love
These three mediated messages deal with the importance and manner of praying for Divine Love, as well as explaining that God does not lead into temptation, but rather sends righteous spirits to help us resist temptation. For related information, go to this page.
Jesus Refers to Mr. Padgett’s Wife’s Description of the Third Celestial Sphere.
He Also Discusses the Importance of Man Seeking for the Divine Love Through Prayer
I AM HERE. Jesus.
I will write only a few lines. I merely want to say that what you have read tonight from your wife as to her progress and her condition of Love is all true. She is in such a state of happiness that you must not wonder that she was not able to describe her home and her new surroundings to you, for they are beyond description in the words that you mortals use to express your ideas.
But this I will say: that the heart of man has never conceived, nor has the mind of man ever thought, of the great blessings and joy which the Father has prepared for those who love Him in the way of possessing His Divine Love which makes their souls at-one with Him, and which causes them to partake of His Divine Nature and realize that they are a part of His Great Divinity and immortal.
If mortals would only learn of this great Plan of the Father for their redemption, and then believe and try to get this Great Love, how much more happiness there would be, not only among spirits but among mortals also. For this Love can be possessed by mortals to a very great degree, notwithstanding that they have all the trials and temptations of the flesh.
My object is to have you and your friend [Dr. Stone] obtain this Great Love while you are still in the flesh. For your work will require that you have this Love so that you can not only teach its existence, but also, by your very lives, show and prove to mankind that It is a thing of reality.
I will soon write another message to you that will show another great Truth which mankind must know.
(Dr. Stone and I would like you to explain, if you would, why the Lord’s Prayer includes the puzzling phrase: “…and lead us not into temptation….”)
Well, very soon, I will explain that sentence in one of my messages. And, to the satisfaction of your friend, I will show that God never leads any of His children into temptation. In teaching my disciples the Lord’s Prayer, I never said that they should pray that God would not lead them into temptation. I will also write to you of the actual prayer which I taught them, and which is the true prayer which all men should offer to the Father with fervent, honest, longing hearts [below]. SO, LET NOT THIS TROUBLE YOU OR YOUR FRIEND, FOR GOD DOES NOT LEAD MEN INTO TEMPTATION, BUT, ON THE CONTRARY, USES THE INFLUENCE OF HIS RIGHTEOUS SPIRITS UPON THEM TO HELP THEM RESIST ALL TEMPTATION.
With all my love for you and your co-worker, and the Blessings of the Father upon you both, I am
Your brother and friend, JESUS.
The Only Prayer That Man Need Offer to the Father
I AM HERE. Jesus.
I merely want to say a word for the benefit of you and your friend,* and that is that I have listened to your conversation tonight, and find that it is in accord with the truth; and the influence of the [Holy] Spirit is with you both. Continue in your line of thought and in prayer to the Father and, also, in your making known to others, whenever the opportunity arises, the importance of seeking for and getting the Divine Love.
As your friend said, the only prayer that is necessary is the prayer for the inflowing of this Love; all other forms, or real aspirations of prayer, are secondary, and, of themselves, will not tend to produce this Love in the souls of men.
Let your prayer be as follows:
THE PRAYER FOR DIVINE LOVE.
OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN, WE RECOGNIZE THAT THOU ART ALL HOLY AND LOVING AND MERCIFUL, AND THAT WE ARE THY CHILDREN, AND NOT THE SUBSERVIENT, SINFUL AND DEPRAVED CREATURES THAT OUR FALSE TEACHERS WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE. THAT WE ARE THE GREATEST OF THY CREATIONS, AND THE MOST WONDERFUL OF ALL THY HANDIWORKS, AND THE OBJECTS OF THY GREAT SOUL’S LOVE AND TENDEREST CARE.
THAT THY WILL IS THAT WE BECOME AT-ONE WITH THEE AND PARTAKE OF THY GREAT LOVE WHICH THOU HAST BESTOWED UPON US THROUGH THY MERCY AND DESIRE THAT WE BECOME, IN TRUTH, THY CHILDREN THROUGH LOVE, AND NOT THROUGH THE SACRIFICE AND DEATH OF ANY OF THY CREATURES.
WE PRAY THAT THOU WILL OPEN UP OUR SOULS TO THE INFLOWING OF THY LOVE, AND THAT THEN WILL COME THY HOLY SPIRIT TO BRING INTO OUR SOULS THIS, THY DIVINE LOVE, IN GREAT ABUNDANCE, UNTIL OUR SOULS SHALL BE TRANSFORMED INTO THE VERY ESSENCE OF THYSELF; AND THAT THERE WILL COME TO US FAITH—SUCH FAITH AS WILL CAUSE US TO REALIZE THAT WE ARE TRULY THY CHILDREN AND ONE WITH THEE IN VERY SUBSTANCE, AND NOT IN IMAGE ONLY.
LET US HAVE SUCH FAITH AS WILL CAUSE US TO KNOW THAT THOU ART OUR FATHER, AND THE BESTOWER OF EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT, AND THAT ONLY WE, OURSELVES, CAN PREVENT THY LOVE CHANGING US FROM THE MORTAL INTO THE IMMORTAL.
LET US NEVER CEASE TO REALIZE THAT THY LOVE IS WAITING FOR EACH AND ALL OF US, AND, THAT WHEN WE COME TO THEE, IN FAITH AND EARNEST ASPIRATION, THY LOVE WILL NEVER BE WITHHOLDEN FROM US.
KEEP US IN THE SHADOW OF THY LOVE EVERY HOUR AND MOMENT OF OUR LIVES, AND HELP US TO OVERCOME ALL TEMPTATIONS OF THE FLESH, AND THE INFLUENCE OF THE POWERS OF THE EVIL ONES WHO SO CONSTANTLY SURROUND US AND ENDEAVOR TO TURN OUR THOUGHTS AWAY FROM THEE TO THE PLEASURES AND ALLUREMENTS OF THIS WORLD.
WE THANK THEE FOR THY LOVE AND THE PRIVILEGE OF RECEIVING IT, AND WE BELIEVE THAT THOU ART OUR FATHER—THE LOVING FATHER WHO SMILES UPON US IN OUR WEAKNESS, AND IS ALWAYS READY TO HELP US AND TAKE US TO THY ARMS OF LOVE.
WE PRAY THUS WITH ALL THE EARNESTNESS AND SINCERE LONGINGS OF OUR SOULS, AND, TRUSTING IN THY LOVE, GIVE THEE ALL THE GLORY AND HONOR AND LOVE THAT OUR FINITE SOULS CAN GIVE.
This is the only prayer that men need offer to the Father. It is the only one that appeals to the Love of the Father. And, with the answer, which will surely come, will come all the blessings that men may need and which the Father sees are for the good of His creatures.
I am in very great rapport with you tonight, and see that the Father’s Love is with you and that your souls are hungry for more.
So, my brothers, continue to pray and have faith, and in the end will come a bestowal of the Love like unto that which came to the apostles at Pentecost.
I will not write more now.
In leaving you, I will leave my love and blessings and the assurance that I pray to the Father for your happiness and love.
Your brother and friend, JESUS.
Mr. Robert G. Ingersoll Affirms That Jesus Wrote “The Prayer,” and Declared That
It Is the Only Prayer Needed to Bring the Divine Love into the Souls of Men
I AM HERE. Ingersoll.
I desire to say, with all the emphasis of my words and soul, that the Master wrote you and gave you “The Prayer,” which he said is the only prayer needed to bring the Divine Love into the souls of men.
He was glorious, and it is not surprising that you felt the influence of his presence and Love. And I, who have so recently experienced what this Love is, tell you that your feelings were real, that that Love is present, and that we spirits feel It as well as you two mortals.
Astonishing to us, as to you, is the power of this Love and the greatness of the Master. For with him seems to come the Influence of the Very Father, Himself. How thankful I am that I found the Way to this Love, and It found Its way into my soul! What a Loving Father! And what a tender Master to teach us of this Great Gift!
I could not restrain myself from writing, as the opportunity came to testify of this Love and of the Master. And I felt that, as I had so often declared on earth that there is no such thing, I must now and always declare the Truth of the Divine Love and the Holy Spirit, and the glorious Jesus, when the opportunity arises.
I must not write more tonight. So, believe that it is I who write, and that I can declare with all the certainty of Love that I am
Your brother in Christ, ROBERT G. INGERSOLL.
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