[Please note: ACIM passages quoted in this article reference the Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) Edition.]
The following two prayers are meant to bring about or enhance a sense of closeness with God.
Prayer Adapted from “The Gifts Of God”
Helen Schucman’s final scribing from Jesus, “The Gifts of God” (found at the back of her poetry collection by the same name), contains a profound and moving description of God’s Love for us. This comes in the final section, “The Father’s Love.” It describes God’s Love for us using the analogy of a mother’s love, a brother’s love, a lover’s love, and a father’s love. I have turned this description into a prayer that we say to God. There is something very powerful about acknowledging God’s Love for us to God. So go ahead and say the following lines to God, imagining that they are indeed true-indeed, are distant reflections of the real power and depth of God’s Love for us.
Rest could be mine because of what You are.
You love me as a mother loves her child;
her only one, the only love she has,
her all-in-all, extension of herself,
as much a part of her as breath itself.
You love me as a brother loves his own;
born of one father, still as one in him,
and bonded with a seal that cannot break.
You love me as a lover loves his own;
his chosen one, his joy, his very life,
the one he seeks when she has gone away,
and brings him peace again on her return.
You love me as a father loves his son,
without whom would his self be incomplete,
whose immortality completes his own,
for in him [the son] is the chain of love [from one generation to the next] complete—
a golden circle that will never end,
a song of love that will be sung throughout all time
and afterwards, and always will remain
he deathless sound of loving and of love.
“I Come to You”
There are a number of prayers in the Workbook in which the prayer has us say to God, “I come to You.” There is something very direct and loving about that line. It announces, in the simplest language, that we are reversing the trajectory of the separation. Instead of going away from God, we come to Him. I’ve therefore collected these various prayers together in one place. I recommend praying them all at once, and with each one emphasizing the line “I come to You,” and saying it as sincerely and lovingly as you can.
Father, I come to You.
And You will come to me who ask.
I am the Son You love. (W-pI.168.6:7-9)
Father, I come to You today to seek the peace that You alone can give.
I come in silence….
I come to hear Your Voice in silence and in certainty and love,
sure You will hear my call and answer me. (W-pII.221.1:5)
Today I come to You. I will step back and merely follow You. (W-pII.233.1:5-6)
Father, I come to You through Him Who is Your Son, and my true Self as well.
Father, today I would but hear Your Voice.
In deepest silence I would come to You,
to hear Your Voice and to receive Your Word.
I have no prayer but this: I come to You to ask You for the truth. (W-pII.254.1:1-3)
I would come, my Father, home to You today. (W-pII.261.2:2)
I cannot come to You without my brother. (W-pII.288.1:2)
This the day I seek my present happiness, and look on nothing else except the thing I seek.
With this resolve I come to You,
and ask Your strength to hold me up today, while I but seek to do Your Will. (W-pII.290.1:6-2:1)
Father, I come to You today, because I would not follow any way but Yours.
You are beside me. Certain is Your way. (W-pII.298.2:1-3)
Forgiveness looks on sinlessness alone, and judges not.
Through this I come to You. (W-pII.352.1:1-2)