Edna Lister's Prayer Pearls

Edna Lister's Prayer Pearls is a collection of inspirational insights and quotes about developing a more robust prayer life. She based her teachings on prayer upon the following Scriptural foundation: All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. – Matthew 21:22.

Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defense and thou shalt have plenty of silver. For then thou shalt have thy delight in the Almighty and thou shalt lift thy face unto God. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him and He shall hear thee and thou shalt pay thy Vows. Thou shalt also decree a thing and it shall be established unto Thee: and the Light shall shine unto thy ways. – Job 22:25.

A word of advice: You cannot successfully undertake a full study of prayer unless you include such topics as desire and faith.


Edna Lister's Prayer Pearls

Metaphysical statements reveal your available resources. Declarations show how you will use them. Decrees such as, "This (person/situation) is Light. It shall press forth," carry your conviction of truth and devotion to God. – Edna Lister, Release the Indwelling Power, January 11, 1933.

Always take your mind off the world of appearances before offering prayer or healing treatments. – Edna Lister, Your Magnetic Powers, January 13, 1933.

When you have released enough love, which is divine substance, you shall have everything for which you have prayed. – Edna Lister, Your Magnetic Powers, January 13, 1933.

Praise and singing are true prayer.

Read Psalms 33 and 34, for unequaled praise, which is the perfect start to prayer. – Edna Lister, Your Royal Birth, January 24, 1933.

When outer doors seem closed, God moves. When the smaller obstacles fade from the picture, God is doing the great things. The great thing is coming to you. Take this thought with you into the silence, that the great thing you have asked for is already yours, you have it. If something seems closed on the outside, it will be much larger than you have expected. The closed door is the sign of imminent release. – Edna Lister, January 28, 1933.

Declare, "Every piece of bread I have sent forth is returning to me, spread with butter and jam. No prayer, blessing or thought I have sent forth is lost, but it shall pay me in increased dividends." – Edna Lister, January 29, 1933.

Hold your prayer molds up in the Light for God to fill now, for nothing is impossible to Him. Limitless Power is always waiting for you to release it. – Edna Lister, February 15, 1934.

Prayer is the magic in life, and prayer is your luck. Prayer gives you the will to stand still long enough to "let" the Power move forth and create. – Edna Lister, September 26, 1934.

Lift and pray for those whom you dislike.

Call on the Light. You need the power of cosmic rays to transmit your voiced prayer. Lift your eyes in high vision, and praise, praise, praise during any endurance test. – Edna Lister, The Single Vision, January 30, 1935.

Lift and pray for those whom you dislike. Edna Lister, February 22, 1936.

No matter the conditions of your service, you can offer prayers for the Elect everywhere in all perseverance and supplication. God has created you to serve His Power and to speak the Word as His emissary. – Edna Lister, The Ambassador, April 26, 1936.

Watch and wait in devotion upon God that at all times He may find you prepared in well doing, praying without ceasing according to your vows. – Edna Lister, July 25, 1938.

Prayer is not prayer when part of your consciousness is focused on prayer while the other part is holding fast to personal considerations. – Edna Lister, July 29, 1938.

Stand in the Light, heed the inner voice and pray much in fasting from vain speech which disturbs others, causing doubts of your ability to perform. Release substance through praise in prayer, which may be woven into good for all, and Light which may bridge all crossings with new places and ventures. – Edna Lister, November 6, 1938.

Pray and fast from all unlikeness to God.

Your prayers bind you fast to God always. – Edna Lister, December 26, 1938.

You can raise any vibration through prayer, praise and singing. – Edna Lister, October 18, 1939.

Prayers of joy rise higher, are stronger to release Power, Light, life, and substance than are those made in hurt of grief and tears of loneliness. – Edna Lister, November 24, 1939.

Pray and praise! Anything can come instantly when you do, and if you've released enough substance to make it manifest. You can have it only by looking at the Light, by standing in the Light, and by thanking God you can see the Light. That is all you need to see. – Edna Lister, April 12, 1940.

Pray always in greater fervency and ardor, outpouring love from the full sacrifice and surrender of self. All truth will then fill you with all truth, which is substance that moves forth on your spoken Word to do your righteous bidding. – Edna Lister, November 30, 1939.

Your prayers bind you fast to God always.

Prayer, praise and love keep full Light moving forth to complete all outer success. Release more substance of love and praise and release more yet again. Watch and wait in peace for fulfillment, and it shall be to you even as you desire. Which shall be greater, petty darkness that passes away, or love and desires fulfilled? Choose, then having done all, stand. – Edna Lister, April 12, 1940.

The law is, Ask, believing, then praise and act as if you have it. – Edna Lister, January 7, 1941.

Pray always in unconquerable faith, in unquenchable love and invincible joy. – Edna Lister, February 12, 1941.

To receive the answer to prayer, put your mind on the goal, let go of self and let God do the work and answer the need. No matter what you do, you can pray yourself out of the world and into the golden silence. – Edna Lister, July 10, 1941.

If you want a miracle, pray, praise, sing at a white point of heat twenty-four hours a day. – Edna Lister, August 1, 1941.

You need to give God much more prayer substance of unconquerable faith and unquenchable love. – Edna Lister, September 23, 1941.

Do everything in the fastness of prayer. – Edna Lister, October 28, 1941.

God has to grant prayers when they are truly contrite, even though the contrition does not last. – Edna Lister, November 13, 1940.

Use prayer as a means to fully release Light as the power of love to fulfill all miracles. – Edna Lister, November 17, 1941.

Enlist others to help you pray. Prayer can and will "bring it to pass" when it is one prayer by all, for all and all the time. – Edna Lister, December 22, 1941.

Pray, pray, pray your way through! – Edna Lister, February 10, 1942.

Every great miracle has come in the wake of someone's fervent call on God in prayer. Prayer is man's highest thought and most earnest desire expressed. – Edna Lister, The Glory: Illumination, April 19, 1942.

When you cease praying, you retrogress. – Edna Lister, May 14, 1942.

In prayer, look up with your eyes, lift up your voice in praise and rejoice. Always finish with, "Thank You, Father, that You always say yes." – Edna Lister, The Still Waters of Intuition, May 24, 1942.

You must do something about fulfilling your desires, and you must persist. Joy is password to enter the Holy of Holies in prayer. Praise will release the Power you need to reach the goal or to fill any prayer mold. – Edna Lister, The Joyful Conqueror, June 7, 1942.

No one can know when one prayer may tip the scales for conquering. Pray without ceasing, for you cannot have anything that you do not give. Prayer does return to you as "added things." – Edna Lister, July 9, 1942.

When you cease praying,
you retrogress.

The Master and your Guardian Angels are always with you as you pray, to release Power from heavenly altars as you release Power through praise on earth. If they left all prayer to us, sometimes no prayers would be ascending, for even the best "saints" forget God and prayer at times.

Prayer avails you nothing unless you offer it in praise. All your dreams and desires will manifest when you fan your desires into a flame by the power of unselfish praise.

Once you pray, your breath keeps ascending as prayer vibration, though your attention is drawn in another earthly direction. Yet nothing has the same efficacy as prayer offered with wholehearted praise. – Edna Lister, September 29, 1942.

Do the Master's work only by prayer without ceasing or cooling off. Let no hour pass without prayer of praise ascending to the highest One. Keep an eye upturned in praise as you pray for Light to uncover hidden things. – Edna Lister, October 28, 1942.

Praise, pray much and sing: All fulfillment lies in these very simple words, and greater emancipation comes from strong and faithful use of these keys of glory. – Edna Lister, December 1, 1942.

If you desire to see the way before you, look up and praise God for opening all doors. Pray without ceasing and fulfill your own destiny. Pray in gratitude for all doors swinging wide now. – Edna Lister, December 14, 1942.

Prayers of joy make you whole. – Edna Lister, January 27, 1943.

Pray for your own cleansing from all earthly stains of past missing of the high mark of the Christed stature. Pray, and praise ceaselessly for greater grace to become a Christed One. – Edna Lister, March 25, 1943.

Prayer releases Power. The words are but bombs to carry the Power, which explodes in the same way. Keep your mind and heart stayed on the Power moving forth. – Edna Lister, July 4, 1943.

"Lord, I believe. Help Thou mine unbelief until I am possessed by faith unconquerable" must be your prayer. – Edna Lister, February 22, 1944.

Read the Declaration of Unquenchable Love every evening before you pray. – Edna Lister, July 19, 1944.

Lay off the weight of the past. Lift it in prayer. Speak of it only to cleanse soul substance, not to gossip or as vain repetition. Pray for enough love to conquer all darkness within the subconscious. – Edna Lister, September 11, 1944.

Prayers of joy
make you whole.

The Master releases ideas for prayer to many groups, so that he may then release the Light through them. Some flatter themselves that they can pray alone more effectively, but the more Elect who gather, the greater the release of Power. God builds the soul of your enterprise with your substance of prayer. - Edna Lister, June 29, 1944.

You ask what you are doing to cause certain effects in your life. You ask why God has not answered your prayers, yet you refuse to hear, to see, or to heed when you are told what, why and when. There's only one answer: You are breaking a law. – Edna Lister, December 7, 1944.

Pray for full vision, full repentance, full surrender, full payment of your share of world debts, and for God's honor to fill you, for His love to use you completely. – Edna Lister, December 11, 1944.

You have to help yourself while you pray. – Edna Lister, December 21, 1944.

If the whole world prayed together, we would have heaven on earth. – Edna Lister, Aspiration, March 4, 1945.

To overcome mental apathy, you must pray and praise harder. Just making statements alone will not do it. Yet, "I will have it," and "I will do it," are examples of using force. – Edna Lister, Surrender to Love, March 18, 1945.

Pray without ceasing, hour upon hour, saying, "Let Power use me now to its own great glory. Let the glory of God use me now unto the complete lifting of all darkness from the whole earth. Let the full Power make me its own servant now and forever. I am now the willing servant of God Almighty, forever and ever, Amen." – Edna Lister, June 21, 1945.

Pray for the world, government departments, the city and everything in it. When you speak for these in lifting and letting, treat all prayer groups, then each individual. – Edna Lister, June 21, 1945.

All you need for freedom is to pray once to your Father and ask to do it all yourself. – Edna Lister, July 4, 1945.

Pray prayers of self surrender, and resolve to do and be your soul's destiny and inheritance. Be alive, alert and afire with desire to do and to be. – Edna Lister, July 9, 1945.

In prayer for healing one type of problem, pray for all who are in such need. – Edna Lister, July 21, 1945.

You may be praying for someone or some condition even before being asked, but it works better when someone verbally anchors a line of Light to the Source in prayer. – Edna Lister, February 18, 1946.

Prayer covers all things when it rides on the wings of praise. – Edna Lister, March 18, 1946.

When praying for someone, release him, put him on God's cloud of Light to heal. Then work as hard as you can in God's full love for him, not in any way for the self. – Edna Lister, May 30, 1946.

You grow in faith when you participate in group prayer. – Edna Lister, The Broad Highway, July 21, 1946.

In praying and lifting points of force for all whom you have ever contacted in a problem situation, you lift, lift, lift and keep all resentment and rebellion from the past lifted up into love always. – Edna Lister, August 29, 1946.

Let your prayers be loud and your actions be silent.

Pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. – Matthew 5:44. Pray for those who use you spitefully. Cleanse your own place, keep it clean, and do not pollute the airwaves with idle words. Pray for those who persecute you. If you rejoice in prayer and praise for the one who persecutes you, you will learn your lessons quickly and completely. – Edna Lister, The Love of the Christ, September 29, 1946.

All that is good, useful and creative is prayer, if your consciousness is joyously at one with the Father. – Edna Lister, October 15, 1946.

All opposition fades in the face of prayer, praise and singing. Declare, "Move over Father. Here I come. I come to stay with You now." – Edna Lister, Aggressive Christianity, November 17, 1946.

Prayer is your idea of your ability to succeed. – Edna Lister, January 27, 1947.

Let your prayers be loud and your actions be silent. – Edna Lister, Jesus, the Giver of Life, February 2, 1947.

Your fervor and ecstasy of soul in praise and prayer determine the quality and quantity of the Power and substance you release. Prayers must be in great fervency of Spirit. Prayers must burn with zeal. – Edna Lister, February 7, 1947.

Faith as your highway to God is a road you create through prayer and speaking the Word. If you work in fits and starts, your highway looks like sausage links held together by not much. When you use the self of appetitive soul to tie your links together, someone is always cutting you off — you let their selfishness tie off your links. – Edna Lister, Faith and Foolishness, June 1, 1947.

When you pray and lift, you draw darkness to one place for Power to shatter it. When you lift and call on Light for others, it returns to surround you as a great aura of Light. – Edna Lister, June 4, 1947.

When you wallow in self-pity and self-condemnation, your prayers go no farther than the ceiling. – Edna Lister, June 17, 1947.

Every prayer, every statement for good, every word for fulfillment shall come to pass. – Edna Lister, September 20, 1947.

Your love of the Master takes you to him for help any time you love enough, praise enough and pray enough. – Edna Lister, November 24, 1947.

Prayers of self-justification do not ascend. – Edna Lister, May 3, 1948.

Heavenly Councils examine soul lights and recognize whether prayers are sincere. – Edna Lister, June 10, 1948.

Prayers of self-justification do not ascend.

When you lift your hands and look up in spoken prayer, this action opens the mystic eye. Never use it selfishly or you could destroy yourself. Raise your hands, palms inward at the sides of your head to include the area of your eyes and ears. – Edna Lister, June 22, 1948.

Your prayer should always be a love message to your Father. – Edna Lister, July 30, 1948.

At times, when highest in prayer, you release twenty-five years of Power. – Edna Lister, July 30, 1948.

It is obligatory upon the Elect to pray without ceasing, to make constant sacrifice of self, and surrender to be possessed of Light hourly. – Edna Lister, January 24, 1950.

The need for quality of devotion and for effort in prayer, praise and joy waxes greater day by day. – Edna Lister, February 16, 1950.

The intensity of joy in your prayers shall determine how great is your reward on the outer. – Edna Lister, July 26, 1950.

Any miracle can be wrought by prayers of love and songs of praise given in faith unconquerable. – Edna Lister, July 28, 1950.

You've prayed enough when God fulfills the miracle. – Edna Lister, November 12, 1950.

A prayer of devotion cannot be set aside. You can completely change any life or situation by seven days of prayer, 24-hours a day, when you hold only one idea, that God is all perfection, and let God in. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1950.

By prayer only can you pass the Gates of Light and integrate your earth with heaven. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1950.

We are now entering the great Christed Age, so declare, "Let the greatest prince of darkness now stand up and cry for peace." It doubles the Power and defeats chicanery. – Edna Lister, July 23, 1951.

Your sheep know your voice and they will come to you. If you want to lift darkness, call it by name — for instance, jealousy — say, "Let Name's desire be lifted." – Edna Lister, August 2, 1951.

Let your prayer be of faith unconquerable, unwavering and without doubt. Let your praise be of God's goodness and His loving kindness to man. Let your song be love and joy. – Edna Lister, February 11, 1952.

Prayer can do anything. Let's make it fervent enough. – Edna Lister, May 15, 1952.

You've prayed enough when God fulfills the miracle.

The rule is, more prayers, thinking only of God, and no thoughts of self, more prayers of rejoicing with no thoughts of self, more faith unconquerable with no allowance of time, effort, substance or Power for the little self. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1952.

If twenty-four would pray daily for two years, war and violence would end. Such prayer means giving up all self. The indifference of the world's "good" people releases more darkness than anything else. The prayers of the millions lighten earth like helium gas. Prayer produces Light; Light raises the planet. Our prayers ascend and they lighten earth. The higher earth rises, the more we see. We release greater Power now than in Jesus' time. He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do. – John 14:12.

The end of fear is the beginning of Wisdom. Fear and Wisdom are like twins, dark and light. The Light from above is causing invisible substance in the sky to become visible material substance. The newscasters explain them as vapor trails, but we declare that they are instruments of form on which Light moves forth. – Edna Lister, October 5, 1952.

I treat for the other fellow's eyes if my eyes feel weak. If I need money, I pray for all who need money. Throw out the old patterns, and look up to God to multiply the Power a thousand times a second. – Edna Lister, November 16, 1952.

Just before going to sleep, decide who is running your life, I AM or "little me." Throw your arms up in the morning and declare, "I AM joy." Who is getting out of bed this morning? Who is writing this letter? Who is answering the door or the telephone? I AM or little me? – Edna Lister, December 18, 1952.

When someone pays you a compliment, mentally say, "Father, give the giver double." – Edna Lister, December 18, 1952.

Forgiveness has three stages. First, "I'll forgive, but she'd better not do it again." Second is "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do." Third is "Father, forgive me lest I cause my brother to stumble." Practicing this is not easy.

"Father, let me walk on this line of Light and never cause my brother to stumble." You will never be "seen" doing this. Refuse to declare anything less than good. Loose the other fellow and let him go. What is that to thee? Follow thou me. – John 21:22. – Edna Lister, May 29, 1953.

When you consider, discuss and build patterns of someone with disease, you encase the patient within it and it takes days of work to loosen him. Just say, "He has a fever," and lift it, nothing more. If we know about the doctor, pray for him. Some may deny disease, but we say, "Let it be made into Light. It is lifted, melted, dissolved and absorbed in the Light." – Edna Lister, June 15, 1953.

If you pray for patience, you simply attract worse chaos to be patient about. Pray for poise, yoked to Power.

Aspiration is the basis of prayer. With the first aspiration, you breathe the higher degrees of breath through the crown, down the spine to the sacrum, and back to the head. "I am a chalice, overflowing into the world." – Edna Lister, July 16, 1953.

Unfortunately, most people pray from their own low points of selfishness, not their high points of love. – Edna Lister, August 13, 1953.

Bombs, dictators, and evil can frighten only those who do not understand the nature of spiritual Power. You can visualize love descending as a suction cup over every city, air base and factory, over the population, over the haters, to siphon misused or even radioactive substance into spheres of Light until time for the Messiah to come. Only love will lift it, and we must siphon it from every center on earth. – Edna Lister, October 5, 1953.

When possessed by the Light, you become the miracle, and the miracle releases the ultimate in perfection, which demands transformation into itself. When your body does not respond, or any part of it hurts, you are not yet a miracle, and the part that hurts is "soul-empty." – Edna Lister, October 13, 1953.

Only a few can ride the clouds of glory, not recognizing the mud, the quicksand, the blows, the kicks or the scoldings of earth. Declare, "This is good to lift now. I have no past. I am too busy planning my future." – Edna Lister, October 25, 1953.

Our service to God and man is to rejoice and pray.

Lose no time waiting to pray later. If you say, "I have prayed," when someone tells you to pray, you rebuff an offer of a miracle: "No thanks. I already have one." This is the age of growth: "Yes! Please, and I shall pray again" — not stagnation: "I've already prayed for that." The stench of your ruined creations is just as obnoxious as a spoiled casserole. You persevere in prayer by ascending and remaining at the fount of poise and Power. – Edna Lister, November 15, 1953.

Our service to God and man is to rejoice and pray. – Edna Lister, May 23, 1954.

Two hundred years ago, orthodoxy would have buried me for saying this, but formula prayer, mantras and metaphysical statements are part of an old method. The idea now is to ascend and become blossoms of Light on the Tree of Life as our souls use the mental faculties of our physical brains. – Edna Lister, May 30, 1954.

You need white-hot prayers for faith and enlightenment, not cold requests or simmering pleas. – Edna Lister, June 27, 1954.

Pray for healing, then declare it is so, instantly. Feed your fire of faith from above, saying, "Father, You have healed this. Let it come forth." Then Light descends to the physical. No miracle can happen on a line of weakness. When you make a healing statement, you must know that Power does come through on your spoken Word.

Most people are "skull bumpers" who never get out of their own heads in prayer. – Edna Lister, December 19, 1954.

The pure Light of life functions through the endocrine system, so lift your hands and head when you pray. Light descends the spine, and the sacrum plexus becomes a bubbling well of life within you, which floods upward gloriously. You constrict your thyroid if you look down or drop your head while reading or praying. – Edna Lister, July 31, 1955.

To pray, withdraw yourself from the outer and move your thinking up to the invisible realm where the spoken Word has more power to draw your own unto you. – Edna Lister, August 4, 1955.

Your prayer molds determine what you receive. Do not bind them to small-minded plans.

Do not be bound by any thought or deed on earth, washing dishes, scrubbing floors, whatever it is, loose it in prayer. You are free and the glory of God moves through you, and uses your hands. – Edna Lister, Manna From Heaven, August 21, 1955.

Fervent prayer, which releases God's Power, moves the white Light of the Christ through those stars and planets to set predictions and hunches aside. – Edna Lister, September 11, 1955.

"O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me: Nevertheless not as I will, but as You will." Jesus prayed all his soul agony out and up to the Father. – Edna Lister, Intuition or Hunch, September 18, 1955.

Your miracles are less than 100 percent because you pray for partial miracles with insufficient fervency. – Edna Lister, November 20, 1955.

God needs prayer agents of service, working together to heal the world. – Edna Lister, Religious Slavery or Freedom, November 27, 1955.

You are the answer to your own prayers. By praise, faith and by loving God enough, you multiply His release of Mind, Substance and Power through you. – Edna Lister, Divine Mathematics, December 4, 1955.

No power on earth can keep you from praying.

A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. – Proverbs 18:16. No power on earth can keep you from praying. Redouble your prayer efforts if your dream does not come true. – Edna Lister, January 1, 1956.

Each man's highest thought is his prayer. – Edna Lister, Let Me Keep Lent, February 12, 1956.

Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Prayer can be a petition, statement or invocation, asking Power to do the work. Loving God enough covers all answers to prayer. Unceasing prayer is as regular as the planets in orbit, the seasons, the flowing of rivers, and tides of the ocean.

True prayer is invoking Power to open a vibration now, not a petition or query. Power is. Power works, but you must invoke it. Like a spring action faucet, the Power shuts off if you let go of your high state of consciousness. Keep the Power flowing. The greatest of all statements is, "This is good," spoken a thousand times a day. – Edna Lister, Daring to Do, April 22, 1956.

Power will not tolerate its own misuse or it becomes pure force and will turn and rend you. The instant you adulterate Power with "I-me-my" demands, you separate Power from Mind and Substance, and it becomes force. This is why we use the word, "Let," why we stress surrender, acceptance, and nonresistance. – Edna Lister, June 18, 1956.

Every prayer, every loving thought, every action builds Power until an avalanche of ascension sweeps upward. – Edna Lister, July 2, 1956.

See that your prayers are unqualified perfection, without blame or censorship for anything on earth. – Edna Lister, July 20, 1956.

"I am always alive and alert to give thoughtful attention to all that I do. With understanding certainty, I find the work I love to do. A thousand channels work unceasingly for my good, to lead me to it. Inspiration and enthusiasm fire my whole being. My mind constantly, with complete integrity receives and produces vital ideas and executes them with complete right action." – Edna Lister, August 4, 1956.

We are imperfect instruments — but when we go up in consciousness and pray, the Light that moves through is perfect. Love God enough to be a completely open instrument — not just a half-open one.

The prayers of the Elect release Power, Life and Light. The state of consciousness of the one who is praying determines how much Light goes forth as substance. People can fall back under a lower type of prayer, and must be lifted from grade to grade. When the Elect pray, they absorb all prayers on earth and the release of Power is great. Stand, move into the Light, and love God. – Edna Lister, October 16, 1956.

Prayer grabs God by the coattails and hangs on. – Edna Lister, Truth: Your Plan, October 21, 1956.

Make a sacrificial time in every prayer, to give something of self as a gift to God. – Edna Lister, November 5, 1956.

God cannot fail, and no confusion exists in Spirit. Cease clamoring for more Light, and push into Light with joy and firmness, and listen for Him. Look more often, look longer. Push and look again until you penetrate the veil of self that you allow to stand between you and the Lord. Then you will see Him.

A pin point's worth of self in prayer neutralizes the Power.

You must pray in a melting devotion and love of our Lord, of the Father. Anything less is not good enough, and you slide down. The secret is to love God enough! Ascend above your hair roots, into your Father's house, love God and keep your eyes and mind on the Lord. Stay up where Power is undiluted, unadulterated by fears for the little self. – Edna Lister, November 22, 1956.

A miracle is the change of emotion to the prayer of Spirit, an acceleration of time. – Edna Lister, January 24, 1957.

If you want an answer to prayer, you have to fish in the river of divine Mind. The bait on your hook is desire for a beautiful, ascending idea or answer. You have the lines, the threads, and use them to fish around. The Father weaves it into a perfect mesh of Light that is your answer. What is your desire? Fish for it. Bait your hook with creative words that express your desire. – Edna Lister, June 7, 1957.

Pray earnestly, not with half your mind and heart on the clock and outside matters. Pray with your whole soul, heart, mind and the cells of your body. – Edna Lister, June 17, 1957.

Whatever you do, release Power through prayer, if nothing else. Prayer is Power released through you as a Power station and transformer. – Edna Lister, June 28, 1957.

We have no growth or success without desire. To pray for health, things, ideas, or illumination, you must desire them. The fervency of your prayers equals the fervency of your desire, and your results depend on this. – Edna Lister, Fresh Manna Every Day, July 21, 1957.

The miracle comes when you love God, stand high enough for the Power to move through, and release Power! God cannot heal you when you are conscious of your need. Love God with so much ecstasy that your love is all that is! Sometimes you use doctors as outer agents, and God's substance as drugs, but you do not hold out on the Father. If you are less than perfectly surrendered, you are not fervent enough in loving God. – Edna Lister, August 22, 1957.

Daniel's prayer in the lions' den built a line of Light to the Source, and in two seconds Power returned over that beam to conquer the lions. You can break through to the Source, if your prayers are fervent enough. Your love of God is the Power that returns over that line of desire to manifest. One second can take you to the Source. What you do in that second determines your answer.

The degree of your desire determines the result of your prayer, a slow process or an instantaneous miracle. The secret is to love God enough. Your capacity is limitless, but your results depend on the fervency of your desire. – Edna Lister, September 22, 1957.

A pin point's worth of self in prayer neutralizes the Power. – Edna Lister, October 13, 1957.

Prayer is how to stay up in the Light and know God. – Edna Lister, Seeking Independence, October 20, 1957.

Send out enough love in prayer to lighten and lift your loved ones' load of spiritual debts. – Edna Lister, December 8, 1957.

Prayer travels thousands of times faster than light. – Edna Lister, December 17, 1957.

Pray silently and lift anyone who causes darkness. – Edna Lister, January 12, 1958.

Sarah was "old and well stricken in years" when she bore Isaac. You can have anything you can think of through enough prayer. – Edna Lister, February 6, 1958.

The Bible contains 200 references to lifting the hands, so we lift our hands to pray. – Edna Lister, February 17, 1958.

Remember to preface every request with the word "let."

"What will happen, if? What shall I do, if?" Get rid of the dread-taint if. You are summoned up to life immortal now. Stop cutting it off by false statements. "Ifs" and "buts" close the door to immortality. Live NOW fully, as if it were your first hour of life, not your last. – Edna Lister, March 18, 1958.

Work in silence, without self. – Edna Lister, April 27, 1958.

What you release in prayer fulfills others' prayers. The Father then doubles that and fills your need. – Edna Lister, April 27, 1958.

Remember to preface every request with the word "let." Do not create force through your word or tone. – Edna Lister, April 28, 1958.

When prayer is a love song of ecstasy from the heart, it becomes the ultimate in a creative vibration. – Edna Lister, May 5, 1958.

When you pray to the Source, a shaft of Light descends, as a cloud that spreads under and around the one for whom you pray. You invoke and add walls of fire to protect another from evil. – Edna Lister, May 6, 1958.

Your prayers will mitigate widespread disaster. Any earthly prediction of war, about the weather or economy can be set aside with prayer. – Edna Lister, June 12, 1958.

Light absorbs and wipes out the "truth of appearances." Say, "The truth of God is transforming you" (or whatever it is). Fill those who speak on TV with Light as they speak. Lift them up to become Sons of God. – Edna Lister, June 20, 1958.

Before sleep, declare, "Father, be my sponsor, and put Thy words upon my lips that I may be an honor to Thee." – Edna Lister, July 21, 1958.

Your prayers are fervent when you pray. When should you be praying? Twenty-four hours a day. – Edna Lister, September 17, 1958.

When you accept and say, "Father, I am grateful that You can trust me with anything. Here I am," you instantly put yourself in an orbit around the Source.

If you are honest, you'll know any word you utter that is not "I love You, God," "I love You, Father," "I love to be alive," or "I love my own place of responsibility in the cosmos," is less than your best. – Edna Lister, October 20, 1958.

Your prayers will mitigate widespread disaster.

You have the faculty to see the face and feel the vibration when someone describes a person in need. Through prayers, you gather in their soul substance to be redeemed. You can say, "Father, I'm reaching out and gathering his soul substance for You to cleanse." To lift, reach up as if you were shoveling mud off them.

An intellectual who thinks he knows says, "I have prayed and nothing comes." Then God says, "You haven't turned on enough heat." You can pray at any degree of heat, but prayer is answered only when it is white hot. – Edna Lister, October 21, 1958.

If you forget your high ideals, your prayers are weak. You are praying without ceasing if you live up to your vision of glory. Pray in the bathroom with the water running, if necessary, to keep peace in the family. You can do anything you wish without criticism when you pray without ceasing. – Edna Lister, October 26, 1958.

If you direct your subconscious up direction at night and set it that way, it will pray all night. – Edna Lister, November 11, 1958.

If you can think of half a dozen people to pray for, God can think of a thousand. See it from His perspective. Think with God and get the right perspective. – Edna Lister, November 13, 1958.

As you speak the Word in prayer with faith unconquerable, nothing of the world mind can touch you, for faith absorbs everything from your past.

Declaring it "good" opens the way. Otherwise, you knock a hole in your prayer mold and substance leaks out, wasted. – Edna Lister, November 30, 1958.

God is always just and answers your prayers according to the amount of "heart" you put in them. The strength of your body equals the amount of "heart" in your prayers. – Edna Lister, Unquenchable Love, December 7, 1958.

Do not pray for more of what you have ever had: strength, courage, power to draw upon, joy, love, life and glory. Waste no time praying for them. Use what you have. Pray for increased capacity to burn with desire and use in lavish measure all you have of love and wisdom in balance, sent forth as joy. Pray, pray, pray. – Edna Lister, February 23, 1959.

When you "see" as a Christed One, you view personalities and situations in analysis, yet you see no evil. Declare it good for all to see the Light and the reason for another person's actions, but you must do the work. If you call them good, no matter how faulty, you create a Light, sometimes enough for them to see it. Then you can both see to lift. Calling it "good and very good" makes the life sparks respond to God. – Edna Lister, March 31, 1959.

Prayer and the power of communion with God are redeeming all humanity. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1959.

When you pray for a sphere of Light to descend and protect someone, that sphere, faster than light, touches that person before your prayer is finished. In God, there is no time or space, He is everywhere now. We dwell in a relative reality. – Edna Lister, June 9, 1959.

Make positive statements, such as, "I am good," and mean it. Repent and go to the Source. Say, "I am good," because it sloughs off the old cells of the body. Shout it if you must. Use this treatment in your mental, emotional and imaginative life and see if you are talking about God or about "little me." Is your desire alive and ready, willing to do the next thing? If you do not say, "I am good," you are hiding something from God. It is the only way to keep desire burning and turned up to the Source. – Edna Lister, June 25, 1959.

The prayer of every soul purifies something.

Orienting yourself to north is important. Face north, the cardinal compass point, in your occult work for prayer and treatments. Orient yourself first each morning to open God-consciousness and be balanced all day, which aligns your mind to focus attention to the north, which is up in terms of consciousness. – Edna Lister, I Am the Way, October 4, 1959.

Our prayers of responsibility are the only means the Father has to stop wars. – Edna Lister, October 20, 1959.

The same words spoken the same way never mean quite the same thing, because the Power released is greater and the meaning excels itself. That is why "I love you" should mean more in time than it does now and we cannot use it often enough. Each spoken "I love you," expands the outer. "I love you" is the switch that turns on the heat that dissolves the ice in hearts, mind and wallets. "I love you" sends the vibration forth to cover needs. To say, "I love you," again, speeds the vibration of your body cells and sends love in return. – Edna Lister, October 29, 1959.

In God, there is no time or space, He is everywhere now.

Be like that little girl who prayed a long prayer to God for all the things and miracles she and her family needed. When she finally finished reciting her list of wants and needs, she asked, "Now God, what can I do for You?" – Edna Lister, Hear, Hearken, Heed and Obey, November 8, 1959.

You cannot say, "Let there be Light" without becoming a creator god. When you say, "Let there be Light," you are saying, "Let God be here as Light." Remember the word, as, for it makes all the difference. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. – Job 22:28. Be cautious as to your decree. Make it good. Make it perfect. – Edna Lister, January 28, 1960.

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. – Ephesians 6:18. A supplication is not begging. It means "let" the Power work. Say, "Let the Power go through. Father, here I am. Let the Power do everything the people of earth pray for." Your difficulty is that you do not persevere. – Edna Lister, June 26, 1960.

You must "pray without ceasing," but you need not use formal words. Every strong, vitalized thought, every burning desire is a prayer. "Oh, God" is a prayer when you need Power. "Lord, let it come," or simply an upward glance to God is a prayer. – Edna Lister, July 3, 1960.

Never consciously say "I" in your prayers, for it puts you at the bottom. The instant you apply "I" to Power with demands, you separate Power from Mind and Substance. Mind forgets, Substance becomes vulnerable to disease, and Power goes forth as force, which you must "take back" or redeem through a physical object or your body. – Edna Lister, October 14, 1960.

Every prayer, statement, and desire to ascend is a brick in your stairway to comprehension at the Source. – Edna Lister, January 3, 1961.

Ten thousand vibrations impinge on you now. The vibration of every voice circles the world, so you must watch your words and tones of voice that only harmony goes forth, not disharmony. Propaganda either lifts or flattens sensitive people. Prayer is a form of soul propaganda. What propaganda do you broadcast? – Edna Lister, June 6, 1961.

Orthodoxy has trained many to make petitions to the Lord. We must cover them with praise and have no more petitions beyond "Let there be Light," voicing praise, love and joy, declarations for healing and protection. Lift the petitions forever from your heart, mind and purpose. – Edna Lister, September 6, 1961.

In prayers at night, declare, "Wherever I have gone or my eyes have glanced, let the Power be quickened for good.” If every Christian made that statement war could not exist. Whatever love touches, it turns into itself. – Edna Lister, This One Thing I Know, December 3, 1961.

The Word you speak for healing orbits the world many times faster than Light. – Edna Lister, December 7, 1961.

Pray without ceasing. You do not need formal words. "Oh, God” is a prayer. When you need Power, say, "Lord let it come.” One glance up to God is a prayer. – Edna Lister, Song of the Lamb, December 17, 1961.

Say what you mean when you pray, and make the right statements. – Edna Lister, March 29, 1962.

My grandmother said, "Put on your front door voice when you pray," which was her way of paying honor to God. She reminded her family to honor God in that way. – Edna Lister, April 8, 1962.

Do not pray in spite of, but because God hears prayer. Love God enough to stand in honor, believing that He can bring prayer and statements to pass.

Do not be disloyal to your own prayers. – Edna Lister, Loyalty, April 15, 1962.

When you pray, do not give up if the answer is not immediate, but wait. – Edna Lister, May 6, 1962.

Some say, "I have prayed, but God isn't answering my prayer." Such a person worships the opinions and prejudices he holds dear, and self cuts off his answer. – Edna Lister, May 13, 1962.

Often you pray, and nothing happens, even after much prayer. Half the people who see no results quit, saying, "God didn't answer my prayer." Now is the time to stand in faith, to hold fast to God, and to know the truth. – Edna Lister, God as Personality and Principle, May 20, 1962.

A prayer for a miracle sends a line to Source, the returning Light touches you, and you have your victory. – Edna Lister, Many Pearls, Many Treasures, November 25, 1962.

If you pray in the wrong way or act wrongly, you don’t waste God’s time. You just waste yourself. Any prayer is good. – Edna Lister, How Strong Is Your Net, December 2, 1962.

Prayer works subliminally to make evil propaganda into the spewing of a tower of Babel. – Edna Lister, December 6, 1962.

Sometimes you may wonder why your prayers or declarations do not seem to work. Yet if someone irritates you or you have even one subconscious doubt or dread, your faith is incomplete, and you can have no miracle. Everything that startles or scares you owns you. – Edna Lister, Born of the Spirit, June 9, 1963.

With God all things are possible. – Matthew 19:26. Pray for God's "possibles" to possess you. – Edna Lister, Born of the Spirit, June 9, 1963.

We've all been weak sisters at some time. For instance, you pray for abundance then wonder if it will come, which crosses out your prayer.

Subconscious opinions and prejudices block your answers to prayer. – Edna Lister, The Cross, June 23, 1963.

Ask others to pray with you, to add their prayers to yours. Giving or receiving is the same. Say, "Let me add my prayers to yours." A prayer is a soul’s sincere desire in expression. Exalt the one for whom you pray, and you both ascend in consciousness on the exaltation. Act as if you have your goal or answer to prayer, and act as if the other fellow wants it for you. – Edna Lister, The Crown of Glory, July 14, 1963.

The selfish prayers may not be answered but the God-aimed prayers are. – Edna Lister, The Authority of Jesus Christ, August 4, 1963.

When enough people pray for one who is poverty-smitten in soul, God can heal him. – Edna Lister, November 3, 1963.

Pray for God's "possibles" to possess you.

Pray yourself up when you feel unworthy. You are becoming perfect when you pray. You may deny God like Peter did, but when you declare you are as perfect as you can be, you pass to a higher degree. "Send the vibration through me now to help someone to be perfect." You can be as perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect! You may then fall into another mess, but at a higher level. – Edna Lister, April 12, 1964.

Picture cherubim and seraphim at the head and foot of your bed (or your child's). See an angel with a flaming sword at the door. Declare, "Father, fill me with Light. I walk with the River of Life as it flows through me." – Edna Lister, April 23, 1964.

Your only right in praying for an individual is to declare that he becomes enlightened and walks the right path for him, not the path you choose for him. – Edna Lister, October 18, 1964.

Idle words are the curse of many good people who wonder why God has not answered their prayers. – Edna Lister, The Good Shepherd, November 1, 1964.

To remember where you have been at night, what you have done, say before sleep, "Let the impressions that register on my subconscious be written in Light and fire on my brain cells when I awaken in the morning." – Edna Lister, January 4, 1965.

Take a page from the mundane world of performance artistry – become repetitious and use "I am glad. I rejoice, and am glad," for song after song, the day through. It is not enough to praise and say, "Thank You, Father." It takes a complete joy vibration for twenty-four hours to burst the barriers and release the Power. – Edna Lister, March 28, 1965.

Your prayers must lift all indifference, so pray about past lukewarmness. – Edna Lister, June 14, 1965.

A little girl wished to pray an all-inclusive prayer. She went on and on describing all the things she needed God to do. When she finally came to a close, she said, "Now, God, what can I do for You?" – Edna Lister, Invisible, Powerful You, December 12, 1965.

You receive no answer about anything in prayer when your good judgment is asleep.

If you allow yourself to be lukewarm, you will never receive the answer to prayer. God cannot give your answer before you have earned it. – Edna Lister, I Stand at the Door, June 19, 1966.

God does not allow your prayers to go unheard. When a person does not respond to prayer physically during an illness, the Light did not permeate his spiritual body while he was here, but God heals him on the inner.

Someone else's prayer may be your miracle. – Edna Lister, June 26, 1966.

Mystical miracles come through prayer and labor. Scientific miracles come through labor and prayer. James Montgomery said, "Prayer is the soul's sincere desire uttered or unexpressed." – Edna Lister, Your Glorious Foundation, October 16, 1966.

Do not just simmer on faith and in prayer, but burn at white heat. – Edna Lister, November 22, 1966.

Gather your scattered senses and imagination or you cannot have a miracle. When you pray and your senses call you a liar, or if your image is dark, you stop the miracle. – Edna Lister, May 21, 1967.

Power radiates through the fingers. Let the River of Life flow through you. This is how to protect yourself when you shake hands. You do not want to take on the negative vibrations, but your hands may vitalize and heal, and you declare it so. You can touch a handrail on the bus and fill it with Light.

You can touch a handrail on the bus and fill it with Light.

The "shortening of time" is one way of saying that the prayers of the Elect, those who believe God releases Power, step up and raise the vibration of earth until darkness is melted and dissolved. – Edna Lister, June 6, 1967.

When the pull of the need to pray is gone, you can put a person on a cloud, leave him to his Guards and need not often say, "Let there be Light."

Declare corporations and institutions good so God can move in and work everything together for good. For example, declare the U.N. to be good for brotherhood and peace because God lifts the hate where you concentrate it for Him to lift. Lift your hands and declare that all countries bring their hatred to the U.N. to be lifted. – Edna Lister, June 22, 1967.

You can visualize, and lift everyone on your prayer list in an instant, as you go about your business. – Edna Lister, Religion’s Supremacy, October 15, 1967.

Your prayers open the veils of illusion and the Gates of Heaven. – Edna Lister, The Religion of Jesus, October 22, 1967.

When you plan for higher goals, you store up the Power you use to accomplish them. When you have no strength, you have depleted your substance and forgotten to store Power by daily prayer. Today's prayer furnishes tomorrow's Power. – Edna Lister, Religion and the World, November 5, 1967.

When you get to your feet in the morning, reach for stars and say, "Let Light fill my spine, and let that Light ascend through my vital centers." – Edna Lister, December 15, 1967.

Any prayers for peace strip the blackness to make it Light, for all "peace" prayers go to one altar to be used against all evil. – Edna Lister, February 15, 1968.

When you create a detour, a deadline for a prayed for miracle, you must pray 10,000-fold more fervently since your deadline was a challenge bound to cause delay. – Edna Lister, June 13, 1968.

Constructive Prayer: Lift and speak the Word. Let the Power go forth. Thank the Father that it is done. Three Steps of Constructive Prayer: First, praise: True prayer is an attitude of devotion and an expression of praise to God. It is a form of worship, magnifying the Lord as a person and the Lord as law. Prayer fans the flame of desire and whips it into a form of joy. Prayer is thanking God for all blessings.

Second, lifting: You lift everyone and everything up into your room of Light and continue lifting until you can no longer think of anything more to lift. Then ask the Father to pour Light out on them all, dissolve and absorb all darkness.

Third, enter the golden silence: You are now before the throne. "In the place of holy silence, I stop, I look, I listen for the Voice of God my Father, for the Master. In this place I see behind all veils. I wait silently upon the Lord." – Edna Lister, May 8, 1969.

To be the ascended one and not be aware that you are doing it is the full secret of ascension. Hence, "Let go and let God," etc., is kindergarten work. – Edna Lister, February 14, 1970.

Praying begins with deep breathing and opening up the vital centers to whirling Light. – Edna Lister, June 3, 1970.

You find it so difficult to see, to declare, and to know perfection now in spite of what it looks like on the outer, because you continue to make negative statements. This arises from a root of disbelief in the Power of God, the beam in your eye that only you can remove. – Edna Lister, January 27, 1971.

The Master lifts everyone who prays – healers, servants, doctors, scientists and teachers – with his arms of Light. – Edna Lister, March 4, 1971.

Do not block your soul vision. Only the self can block the soul's vision. No matter how black it looks, say, "This is good" and believe it. If it still looks black, declare it good until it turns white. – Edna Lister, April 15, 1971.

Hold fast to the Master, let his Supreme Word take over and know his healing Power lifts now and answers all your prayers. – Edna Lister, April 25, 1971.

To "pray without ceasing" isn't a mental act or just words, but to be possessed by oneness with All That Is. – Edna Lister, May 6, 1971.

Make your statements positive, with no undercurrent of doubt or fear. Know the Power that goes through shall strike Congressmen with a definite fear of losing office unless they come through. – Edna Lister, May 13, 1971.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister


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