The Importance of Prayer and Meditation

By Rosemary Ellen Guiley

The most important way to discipline the mind, and thus connect with Truth, is to spend regular time in prayer and meditation. Charles and Myrtle Fillmore knew firsthand what a tremendous difference prayer can make in life. If we all applied ourselves to prayer, we could free ourselves of the ills of humanity. 

“Prayer is man's steady effort to know God,” said Charles. “There is an intimate connecting spirit that logically unites man and his source.”

God as Source
Myrtle referred to prayer as “communion with God.  … This communion is an attitude of mind and heart. It lifts the individual into a wonderful sense of oneness with God, who is Spirit, the source of every good and perfect thing, and the substance that supplies all the child's needs—whether they are spiritual, social, mental, physical, or financial.” 

Prayers are not “sent” anywhere, she said. “Prayer is an exercise to change our thought habits and our living habits, that we may set up a new and better activity, in accord with the divine law rather than with the suggestions we have received from various sources.” 

Prayer accomplishes many things. It develops our character to its highest state. It builds a mind that is always open to Spirit. Through prayer, we attain an interpenetrating consciousness with God's perfect life and love and power. We attain a oneness with God, thus achieving the example set by Jesus when he proclaimed, “I and the Father are one.” 

Merging With Creative Mind
Said Charles, “There is a partial unity with Spirit, and there is a complete unity with Spirit. Whenever we wholly merge our mind with creative Mind, we meet Christ in our consciousness, and it is when we are in this consciousness that our prayers are fulfilled.” 

Prayer also enables us to become infused with divinely inspired ideas, which exalt our minds and our entire beings. “Every divine idea you meditate upon and incorporate into your consciousness does a mighty regenerating, transforming, spiritualizing work in your mind, soul, body and even in your outer world of affairs,” Myrtle said. 

“Each time you grasp an idea of Truth, you lift your consciousness a little higher, and the work of transformation goes on ‘until Christ be formed in you.' 

The Silence
Especially powerful moments are experienced in a meditative state of prayer called “the silence.” When we sit in the silence, we become receptacles, or Holy Grails, to be filled with the Divine Mind. 

In the silence, we are inspired with fresh resolve, with new creative thought, with solutions to problems, and with the understandings of Truth that we need.

“We get our most vivid revelations when in a meditative state of mind,” Charles said. “This proves that when we make the mind trustful and confident, we put it in harmony with creative Mind; then its force flows to us in accordance with the law of like attracting like.”

Excerpt from Prayer Works: True Stories of Answered Prayer. Rosemary Ellen Guiley is a renowned expert and frequent lecturer on the subjects of angels and prayers. Her books include Prayer Works: True Stories of Answered Prayer and The Miracle of Prayer.