“Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts.”
Here is another letter voicing a very common difﬁculty. The letter and the answer to it are given here with the hope that they will help all who read them.
I now go into The Silence with you every morning, but I, so far, am not conscious of anything taking place in me. I wait before God, and try to empty my thoughts of everything but God, and then I remember all the requests you have sent to me, and I place all those needs before Him, denying the reality of the evil, and affirming the Good that is Real and True. Then again I wait, and ﬁnish up by giving thanks that God has heard me. Am I right in my methods, and shall I sometime know the result by actual felt, or realized experience?
Go on! You are quite right. The moment you wake in the morning at once turn to God. At ﬁrst this is difﬁcult, as the old habits of life are apt to assert themselves, and the thought turns to some anxiety, some unpaid bill, some misunderstanding, etc. But after a while, if you are earnest, the mind will turn to God at once. Then after concentrating all your mind upon God as The Heavenly Father, praise Him and Bless His Name. Then remember all for whom you have promised to “treat” or pray for (it means the same). One by one name them to Him, afﬁrm that they are perfect in Him, His image and likeness; see them as God sees them, and hold them in that thought in God. For, “in Him, we (and they) live, move and have our being.” Afﬁrm the Good! Praise God for the Good! Rejoice in the Good! Then Wait before Him in the Silence of your own soul. Wait, wait, I say, on the Lord. Never mind about what you may or may not feel. Keep the heart ﬁxed, the eye single, and the mind pure and clear, and the Holy Spirit of Truth will teach you, and lead you into all truth. “Be still, and know, that I am God.” “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” The time must come when your whole being will rejoice in the realization of the presence of God. I cannot suggest any improvement in your methods. There will be seasons when you will feel empty, when you will seem powerless even to remember the promises. Such experiences are known to all who go into the Silence. Let this thought encourage you, for you will know that the realization of the presence of God will come to you, as it has come to them. In such seasons do not give way; do not falter; just keep still before God. But let your stillness be a positive waiting. Many times when in the Silence one cannot think or feel— all may be a terrible blank, and the spirit may almost taint with the unutterable longing. At such times remember, “The Spirit maketh intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered.” You are just as near the Heart of God, aye, and maybe nearer, than at other times when the vision may be clearer.
“Be not weary in well doing for in the due season ye shall reap if ye faint not.”