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References: Matthew 6:9-13; Luke
11:1-4; Acts 6:4; 12:5; Romans
12:12; James 5:16
The Switch of Faith
Prayer may be said to be an opening up of a channel along which
the divine Life and Light may flow into the spirit, in the same way that the
turning of a switch opens the way for the electric current to flow from the
power- house into our house. Faith in prayer is like the energy which turns the
switch. Without muscular force we cannot turn the switch to obtain physical
light, and, without faith we cannot pray in such a manner as to secure spiritual
illumination. If we pray for worldly ends, for that which is contrary to the law
of love and universal good, our prayers will prove as unavailing as a glass
switch in an electric circuit. Glass is a non-conductor, a bar to the electric
power, and selfish prayers are, likewise, bars to divine purposes and must
therefore remain unanswered. To pray to a purpose we must pray aright, and in
the Lord's Prayer we have a most wonderful pattern, for it caters to the needs
of man as no other formula could do. Within a few short sentences it encompasses
all the complexities of the relationship of God to man.
The Threefold Spirit and the Mind
To understand this sublime prayer properly and be able to render
it understandingly and efficiently, let us recall that:
The Father is the highest Initiate of the Saturn Period.
The Son is the highest Initiate of the Sun Period.
The Holy Spirit is the highest Initiate of the Moon Period.
The Divine Spirit and the dense body of man started their
evolution in the Saturn Period and are therefore under the special care of the
The Life Spirit and the vital body started their evolution in
the Sun Period and are consequently the particular charges of the Son.
The Human Spirit and the desire body commenced to evolve in the
Moon Period and are therefore the special wards of the Holy Spirit.
The Mind was added in the Earth Period and is not cared for by
other or outside beings, but is to be subdued by man himself, without any
In the Lord's Prayer there are seven prayers; or, rather, there
are three sets of two prayers and one single supplication. Each of the three
sets has reference to the needs of one of the aspects of the three-fold spirit
and its counterpart in the threefold body. The opening sentence, Our Father Who
art in Heaven, is merely as the address upon an envelope. The student is
referred to Diagram Number 16 on page 465
of "The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception" by Max Heindel for a key to
this prayer, showing diagrammatically the relation between the Trinity, the
threefold spirit, the threefold body and the Mind, each aspect of the spirit
being connected by a line with the prayer specifically suited to its counterpart
in the threefold body and addressed to its guardian aspect in the Trinity.
The Human Spirit lifts itself upon the wings of devotion to its
parent aspect in the Holy Trinity and intones the opening incantation,
"Hallowed be Thy Name."
The Life Spirit raises itself upon pinions of love and addresses
the fount of its being, The Son, "Thy Kingdom come."
The Divine Spirit soars with superior insight to the fountain
head, whence it sprang at the dawn of time, The Father, and manifests its
confidence in that all-embracing Intelligence in the words, "Thy Will be
Petitions for the Threefold Body
Having thus reached the Throne of Grace, the threefold spirit in
man proffers its requests concerning the personality, the threefold body.
The Divine Spirit prays to The Father for its counterpart, the
dense body, "Give us our daily bread."
The Life Spirit prays to The Son for its counterpart, the vital
body, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against
The Human Spirit utters the supplication for the desire body in
the words, "Lead us not into temptation."
Then all join in a concerted appeal concerning the Mind,
"Deliver us from evil."
The addition, "For thine is the kingdom, and the power and
the glory, forever, Amen," was not given by Christ, but is very appropriate
as the parting adoration of the three-fold spirit as it closes its direct
address to the Deity.
The Three Religions
Looking at the foregoing explanation from the analytical
standpoint, we find that there are three religious teachings to be given to man
in helping him to attain to perfection. One is the religion of the Holy Spirit;
the next is the Religion of The Son; and is the last is the Religion of The
Under the regime of the Holy Spirit the human race was divided
into nations and peoples segregated by their adherence to one group from
fellowship with other nations. Each group was further cut off from the rest
because of speaking another language. They were all put under certain laws and
were taught to reverence the name of their God. One people worshipped him as
Lao, another as Tao, others as Bel. Everywhere the name of the Lawgiver was
holy. The method of segregation had the advantage that the Race-spirit in chief,
Jehovah, could use one people to punish another who had transgressed his law,
but it has the disadvantage that it fosters egotism and separates humanity in a
manner detrimental to universal good. It is an axiomatic truth that what does
not benefit all cannot really benefit any. Therefore, ways and means must be
found to reunite the scattered nations and weld them into one universal
Brotherhood. That is to be the work of the Religion of the Son--Christianity.
The warring of nations is fostered by the Race-spirit, but the Christian
Religion will eventually unite them, cause them to beat their swords into
ploughshares and bring peace and good will on Earth when the kingdom of the Son
has superseded the tribes and races. Then a still higher religious teaching, the
religion of The Father, is to unite mankind still closer. In the Kingdom of the
Son there will be a universal Brotherhood of separate individuals having varying
interests, but ready to give and take through love, sinking individual
preferences for the common good, but when the religion of the Father becomes a
fact in life, the self will be entirely submerged in a common purpose, a single
will. The Will of God will then be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, where there
is neither me nor thee, but where God is All and in All.
In the meantime a certain work has to be performed by the
three-fold spirit upon the threefold body, to spiritualize it and extract the
The Dense Body
The dense body is but an irresponsible tool, but nevertheless,
it is a most valuable instrument, to be cared for and prized as a mechanic cares
for and prizes a valuable tool. We hold firmly before our mental vision that we
are not the body, any more than the mechanic is identical with his tools, or the
carpenter is the house. That is plainly evident when we consider that our body
is a constantly changing aggregation of cells, while we keep our "I"dentity
amid and despite all changes, which would be impossible if we were identical
with our dense body. That body is to be valued and cared for. "Give us our
daily bread," says the fourth prayer. Most people eat too much, and for
them an occasional fast may be good, but fasting is unnecessary for those who do
not feast, but live the simple life from day to day. When the body is overfed,
the spirit may be ever so willing, but the flesh will be correspondingly weak.
Therefore, when a young spirit gains ascendancy, it seeks to overcome the lower
nature by fasting, tortures, etc., as best exemplified in Hindu Yogis who
emaciate the body, causing the limbs to wither, etc., that the spirit may shine.
That is a mistake as much subversive of true spiritual growth as
is the habit of overeating. As said, where a man can control his appetite and
feed his body on pure food he need not fast, but may give to his body its daily
The Vital Body
The vital body being the storehouse of the panorama of our life,
our own sins and the wrong we have suffered at the hands of others are there
inscribed, hence the fifth prayer, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive
those who have trespassed against us," enunciated the needs of the vital
body and be it noted that this prayer teaches the doctrine of the remission of
sins, in the words, "forgive us," and the Law of Consequence in the
words, "as we forgive," making our attitude to others the measure of
The Desire Body
"Lead us not into temptation," is the prayer for the
desire body which is the storehouse of energy, and furnishes incentive to action
through desire. An Oriental maxim says, "Kill out desire." "Kill
out your temper," is the foolish admonition sometimes given those who lose
their temper. Desire or temper is a valuable asset, too valuable to be stunted
or killed; the man without desire is like the steel devoid of temper--of no
account. In Revelation, while the six churches are praised, the seventh is
utterly anathemized for being "neither hot nor cold," a wishy-washy
community. "The greater the sinner, the greater the saint," is a true
adage, for it takes energy to sin and when that energy is turned in the right
direction, it is as much of a power for good as previously it was for evil. A
man may be good because he cannot summon up sufficient energy to be bad; then he
is so good that he is good for nothing. While we are weak our desire nature
masters us and may lead us into temptation, but as we learn to control our
desire nature, our temper may guide in harmony with the laws of God and man.
Desire is the great tempter of mankind. It is the great
incentive to all action, and in so far as the actions subserve the purposes of
the spirit, it is good; but where the desire is for something degrading,
something that debases the nature, it is indeed meet that we pray not to be led
The Four Motives of Action
Love, Wealth, Power, and Fame! These are the four great motives
of human action. Desire for one or more of these is the motive for all that man
does or leaves undone. The great Leaders of Humanity have wisely given them as
incentives to action, that man may gain experience and learn thereby. They are
necessary, and the aspirant may safely continue to use them as motives for
action, but he must transmute them into something higher. He must overcome with
nobler aspirations the selfish love, which seeks the ownership of another body,
and all desires for wealth, power, and fame for narrow and personal reasons.
The Love for which he must long is that only which is of the
soul and embraces all beings, high and low, increasing in proportion to the
needs of the recipient;
The Wealth, that which consists of abundance of opportunities to
serve his fellow men;
The Power, that alone which makes for the upliftment of
The Fame, none save that which increases his ability to spread
the good news, that all who suffer may thus quickly find solace for the heart's
The guiding power which directs this energy of the desire nature
is the Mind, hence the seventh prayer, "Deliver us from evil," is made
with regard to the mind.
The animals follow desire blindly and commit no sin. To them
there is no evil; that only comes to our cognition by and through the
discriminating mind which enables man to see various courses of action and to
choose. If he chooses to act in harmony with universal good, he cultivates
virtue; if the contrary, he becomes tainted with vice. It should be noted that
the much vaunted "innocence" of a child is not by any means virtue.
The child has not yet been tempted and tried, therefore it is innocent. In time,
temptations from the desire nature will come to test its mettle, and it depends
upon the control of the mind over desire whether it will stand for the right or
fall by the wayside. If the mind is strong enough to "deliver us from
evil" desires, we have become virtuous, which is a positive quality, and
even if we fall for a time before we realize our wrong, we acquire virtue as
soon as we repent and reform. We exchange negative innocence for the positive
quality of virtue.
Thus does the Lord's Prayer cover the various parts of the human
constitution and enunciate the need for them all, showing the marvelous wisdom
laid down in that simple formula.