“All religion is of life; and the life of religion is to do good.” - Doctrine of Life §1
Kempton New Church


“Your Prayer is Heard”

And the angel said to him, Fear not, Zacharias, for thy prayer is heard. (Luke 1:13)

The angel said to Zechariah also, “Fear not” and that by it is meant resuscitation, and then adoration from the deepest humility. (Apocalypse Revealed 56)

It is common in all Divine worship, that man should first will, desire, and pray, and the Lord then answer, inform, and do; otherwise man does not receive anything Divine. … We frequently read in the Word, that the Lord answers when they call and cry; … also, that He gives when they ask … But yet the Lord gives them to ask, and what to ask; therefore the Lord knows it beforehand; but still the Lord wills that man should ask first, to the end that he may do it as from himself, and thus that it should be appropriated to him; otherwise, if the petition itself were not from the Lord, it would not be said in those places, that “they should receive whatsoever they asked.” (Apocalypse Revealed 376)

When man is in a life of charity he is constantly praying, if not with the mouth yet with the heart; for that which is of the love is constantly in the thought, even when man is unconscious of it . (Apocalypse Explained 325.12)

Those who are in a life of love and charity it is given from the Lord what they are to ask; therefore they ask nothing but what is good, and that is done for them. (Apocalypse Explained 325.8)

In prayer from the Divine it is always thought and believed that the Lord alone knows whether it is profitable or not; and therefore the suppliant submits the hearing to the Lord, and immediately after prays that the will of the Lord may be done, and not his own. (Arcana Coelestia 8179.3)

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