Golden Key & Psalm 91

The Golden Key to Prayer

Emmet Fox

by Emmet Fox

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"Read The Golden Key several times. Do exactly what it says, and if you are persistent enough you will overcome any difficulty." -- Emmet Fox

Prayer will enable you, sooner or later, to get yourself, or anyone else, out of any difficulty on the face of the earth. It is the Golden Key to harmony and happiness.

To those who have no acquaintance with the mightiest power in existence, this may appear to be a rash claim, but it needs only a fair trial to prove that, without a shadow of doubt, it is a just one. You need take no one's word for it, and you should not. Simply try it for yourself, and see.

God is omnipotent, and man is His image and likeness, and has dominion over all things. This is the inspired teaching, and it is intended to be taken literally, at its face value. Man means every man, and so the ability to draw on this power is not the special prerogative of the mystic or the saint, as is so often supposed, or even of the highly trained practitioner.

Whoever you are, wherever you may be, the Golden Key to harmony is in your hand now. This is because in scientific prayer it is God who works, and not you, and so your particular limitations or weaknesses are of no account in the process. You are only the channel through which the divine action takes place, and your treatment will really be just the getting of yourself out of the way. Beginners often get startling results at the first time of trying, for all that is absolutely essential is to have an open mind, and sufficient faith to try the experiment. Apart from that, you may hold any views on religion, or none.

As for the actual method of working, like all fundamental things, it is simplicity itself. All that you have to do is this: Stop thinking about the difficulty, whatever it is, and think about God instead. This is the complete rule, and if only you will do this, the trouble, whatever it is, will presently disappear. It makes no difference what kind of trouble it is. It may be a big thing or a little thing; it may concern health, finance, a lawsuit, a quarrel, an accident, or anything else conceivable; but whatever it is, just stop thinking about it, and think of God instead -- that is all you have to do.

The thing could not be simpler, could it? God Himself could scarcely have made it simpler, and yet it never fails to work when given a fair trial.

Do not try to form a picture of God, which is impossible. Work by rehearsing anything or everything that you know about God. God is Wisdom, Truth, and inconceivable Love. God is present everywhere; has infinite power; knows everything; and so on. It matters not how well you may think you understand these things; go over them repeatedly.

But you must stop thinking of the trouble, whatever it is. The rule is to think about God, and if you are thinking about your difficulty you are not thinking about God. To be continually glancing over your shoulder, as it were, in order to see how matters are progressing, is fatal, because that is thinking of the trouble, and you must think of God, and of nothing else. Your object is to drive the thought of the difficulty right out of your consciousness, for a few moments at least, substituting for it the thought of God.

This is the crux of the whole thing. If you can become so absorbed in this consideration of the spiritual world that you really forget for a while all about the trouble concerning which you began to pray, you will presently find that you are safely and comfortably out of your difficulty -- that your demonstration is made.

In order to "Golden Key" a troublesome person or a difficult situation, think, "Now I am going to 'Golden Key' John, or Mary, or that threatened danger"; then proceed to drive all thought of John, or Mary, or the danger right out of your mind, replacing it by the thought of God.

By working in this way about a person, you are not seeking to influence his conduct in any way, except that you prevent him from injuring or annoying you, and you do him nothing but good. Thereafter he is certain to be in some degree a better, wiser, and more spiritual person, just because you have "Golden Keyed" him. A pending lawsuit or other difficulty would probably fade out harmlessly without coming to a crisis, justice being done to all parties concerned.
If you find that you can do this very quickly, you may repeat the operation several times a day with intervals between. Be sure, however, each time you have done it, that you drop all thought of the matter until the next time. This is important.
We have said that the Golden Key is simple, and so it is, but, of course, it is not always easy to turn. If you are very frightened or worried it may be difficult, at first, to get your thoughts away from material things. But by constantly repeating some statement of absolute Truth that appeals to you, such as There is no power but God, or I am the child of God, filled and surrounded by the perfect peace of God, or God is love, or God is guiding me now, or, perhaps best and simplest of all, just God is with me -- however mechanical or dead it may seem at first -- you will soon find that the treatment has begun to "take," and that your mind is clearing. Do not struggle violently; be quiet but insistent. Each time that you find your attention wandering, just switch it straight back to God.
Do not try to think out in advance what the solution of your difficulty will probably turn out to be. This is technically called "outlining," and will only delay the demonstration. Leave the question of ways and means strictly to God. You want to get out of your difficulty -- that is sufficient. You do your half, and God will never fail to do His.

"Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

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The Scientific Prayer:

Scientific Prayer will enable you, sooner or later, to get yourself, or anyone else, out of any difficulty on the face of the earth. It is the Golden Key to harmony and happiness.
To those who have no acquaintance with the mightiest power in existence, this may appear to be a rash claim, but it needs only a fair trial to prove that, without a shadow of doubt, it is a just one. You need to take no one's word for it, and you should not. Simply try it for yourself, and see.

God is omnipotent, and man is His image and likeness, and has dominion over all things. This is the inspired teaching, and it is intended to be taken literally, at its face value. Man means every man, and so the ability to draw on this power is not the special prerogative of the Mystic or the Saint, as is so often supposed, or even of the highly trained practitioner. Whoever you are, wherever you may be, the Golden Key to harmony is in your hand now. This is because in Scientific Prayer it is God who works, and not you, and so your particular limitations or weaknesses are of no account in the process. You are only the channel through which the Divine action takes place, and your treatment will really be just the getting of yourself out of the way. Beginners often get startling results at the first time of trying, for all that is absolutely essential is to have an open mind, and sufficient faith to try the experiment. Apart from that, you may hold any views on religion, or none.

As for the actual method of working, like all fundamental things, it is simplicity itself. All that you have to do is this: Stop thinking about the difficulty, whatever it is, and thing about God instead. This is the complete rule, and if only you will do this, the trouble, whatever it is, will presently disappear. It makes no difference what kind of trouble it is. It may be a big thing or a little thing; it may concern health, finance, a law-suit, a quarrel, an accident, or anything else conceivable; but whatever it is, just stop thinking about it, and think of God instead - that is all you have to do.

The thing could not be simpler, could it? God Himself could scarcely have made it simpler, and yet it never fails to work when given a fair trial.

Do not try to form a picture of God, which is, of course, impossible. Work by rehearsing anything or everything you know about God. God is Wisdom, Truth, inconceivable Love; God is present everywhere; has infinite power; knows everything; and so on. It matter not how well you think you understand these things; go over them repeatedly.
But you must stop thinking of the trouble, whatever it is. The rule is to think about God, and if you are thinking about your difficulty you are not thinking about God. To be continually glancing over your shoulder, as it were, in order to see how matters are progressing, is fatal, because that is thinking of the trouble, and you must think of God, and nothing else. Your object is to drive the thought of the difficulty right out of you consciousness, for a few moments at least, substituting for it the thought of God. This is the crux of the whole thing. If you can become so absorbed in this consideration of the spiritual world that you really forget for a while all about the trouble concerning which you began to pray, you will presently find that you are safely and comfortably out of your difficulty - that your demonstration is made.

In order to "Golden Key" a troublesome person or a difficult situation, think, "Now I am going to 'Golden Key' John, or Mary, or that threatened danger"; then proceed to drive all thought of John, or Mary, or the danger right out of your mind, replacing it by the thought of God.

By working in this way about a person, you are not seeking to influence his conduct in any way, except that you prevent him from injuring or annoy you, and you do him nothing but good. Thereafter he is certain to be in some degree a better, wiser, and more spiritual person just because you have "Golden Keyed" him. A pending law-suit or other difficulty would probably fade out harmlessly without coming to a crisis, justice being done to all parties concerned.

If you find that you can do this very quickly, you may repeat the operation several times a day with intervals between. Be sure, however each time you have done it, that you drop all thought of the matter until the next time. This is important.

We have said that the Golden Key is simple, and so it is, but, of course, it is not always easy to turn. If you are very frightened or worried it may be difficult, at first, to get your thoughts away from material things. But by constantly repeating some statement of absolute Truth that appeals to you, such as There is no power but God, or I am the child of God, filled and surrounded by the perfect peace of God, or God is Love, or God is guiding me now, or, perhaps best and simplest of all, just God is with me - however mechanical or dead it may seem at first - you will soon find that the treatment has begun to "take," and that your mind is clearing. Do not struggle violently; be quiet but insistent. Each time that you find your attention wandering, just switch it straight back to God.

Do not try to think out in advance what the solution of your difficulty will probaby turn out to be. This is technically called "outlining," and will only delay the demonstration. Leave the question of ways and means strictly to God. You want to get out of your difficulty - that is sufficient. You do your half, and God will never fail to do his.
Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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WHAT IS SCIENTIFIC PRAYER?

Scientific prayer or spiritual treatment is really the lifting of your consciousness above the level where you have met your problem. If only you can rise high enough in thought, the problem will the solve itself. This is really the only problem you have - to raise in consciousness. The more "difficult," which means the more deeply rooted in your thoughts, is the problem concerned, the higher you will have to rise. What is called a small trouble, will yield to a slight raise in consciousness. What is called a serious difficulty, will require a relatively higher rise. What is called a terrible danger or hopeless problem, will require a considerable rise in consciousness to overcome it - but that is the only difference.

Do not waste time trying to straighten out your own or other people's problems by manipulating thought - that gets you nowhere - but raise your consciousness, and the action of God will do the rest.

Jesus healed sick people and reformed many sinners by raising his consciousness above the picture they presented. He controlled the wind and the waves in the same way. He raised the dead because he was able to get as high in consciousness as is necessary to do this.

To raise your consciousness you must positively withdraw your attention from the picture for the time being ( The Golden Key) and then concentrate gently upon spiritual truth. You may do this by reading the Bible or any spiritual book that appeals to you, by going over any hymn or poem that helps you in this way, or by the use of one or more affirmations, just as you like.

I know many people who have secured the necessary elevation of consciousness by browsing at random through the Bible. A man I know was saved in a terrible shipwreck by quickly reading the 91st psalm. Another man healed himself of a supposedly hopeless disease by working on the one affirmation, "God Is Love," until he was able to realize something of what that greatest of all statements must really mean.

If you work with affirmations, be careful not to get tense; but there is no reason why you should not employ all these methods in turn, and also any others that you can think of. Sometimes a talk with a spiritual person gives you just the lift that you need. It matters not how you rise so long as you do rise. "I bore you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself." Emmet Fox

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Psalm for Protection

91st Psalm
with commentary by Emmet Fox

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,
and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers,
and under his wings shalt thou trust:
his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;
nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness;
nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side,
and ten thousand at thy right hand;
but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord,
which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

There shall no evil befall thee,
neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee,
to keep thee in all thy ways.

They shall bear thee up in their hands,
lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:
the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:
I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and honour him.

With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Commentary by Emmet Fox

The 91st Psalm is one of the greatest chapters in the Bible. Like the rest of the Scriptures, the underlying thought is developed through a series or symbols and it is by the appreciation of the values lying behind these symbols that the power of this prayer is understood.

The 91st Psalm is one of the most powerful prayers ever written. Persons have gotten themselves out of every conceivable kind of trouble by working on this prayer every day in the spiritual way. Others have turned to the Psalm in some great emergency and have overcome their difficulties.

The best way to get the most out of this Psalm is to read it through quietly, pause after each verse to consider the meaning. Prayer is thinking about God; and while working on this prayer in the study, you are praying in a spiritual way.

If in a specific trouble or fear, after reading this Psalm several times< your fears will be gone. Let us think on it in detail.

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."

The secret place of the most High is your consciousness, not some place in the sky. God is only to be contacted within. Jesus emphasized this truth again and again. "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God," he said. When asked where the kingdom of God could be found; he said, "When you pray, enter into the closet and shut the door," meaning to return in thought to your consciousness.

"To abide under the shadow of the Almighty" means to live under the protection of God Himself. This impresses upon you that God is almighty, that God is for us and that He can therefore overcome our present difficulty for us, no matter how big it may seem at the moment. With God, all things are possible. Remember the promise is made to "him that dwelleth." If one runs to the secret place now and then when in trouble, he can scarcely be said to "dwell" there.

God will come to our rescue when we pray, but if we seldom think of Him at other times, we experience difficulty in making contact in an emergency, or we might even forget to contact Him through prayer at that time. But, by our regular dally prayer and meditation we do dwell in that secret place and then we may expect to abide under the shadow and enjoy the protection of that power that is indeed all-powerful, Almighty.

Here the Psalm changes from the third person "He" to the first person "I". Now we are speaking to the I Am of God.

"I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God; in Him will I trust."

The very fact that you are praying means that the action of God in taking place in your consciousness and that it does have results. "In Him will I trust." However worried or depressed, full of doubts or misgivings, still the very fact that you are praying means that you have faith. The faith to go on praying in the midst of doubts about results is the tiny grain of mustard seed Jesus says is sufficient for all purposes. "In Him will I trust," is an expression of your determination to trust God in spite of what appears at the moment.

"The secret place of the most High." It means that you are trusting in God - and you cease to worry or fear. This is the spiritual use of the will to say whether you will pray or not pray. Use will to say whether you will give way to fear or cease to fear; this means that though you feel in danger, you are choosing to exercise your power or will to pray and to put your trust in the love of God, instead of impending danger, sickness or fear.

"Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust; His truth shall be thy shield and buckler."

The fowler and noisome pestilence are to be interpreted as meaning any kind of danger; moral, spiritual or material that might threaten your welfare. Yet in spite or whatever it may be, you are not to be afraid; for protection is now assured for you in those beautiful words just quoted. God does shield you from any condition. Remember, "Ye shall know the Truth and the truth shall make you free."

"Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night nor for the arrow that flieth by day, nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday."

These two verses and verse one are a superb analysis of the conscious and subconscious mind. The arrow and the destruction that wasteth at noonday refer to the trouble that you know of, whether it be a physical ailment, a business problem, trouble from another person or whatever. The point is you are aware of the difficulty, you are asking for help. It is a daytime problem to you.

The terror by night and the pestilence imply something unknown to you or may be suspected by you, might be an impending accident or any enemy or hidden trouble. But whatever it may be, you have the promise that when you call upon Him in prayer, all these things are taken care of by Him.

"A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eye shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked."

This simply means that prayer does change things. That those who pray are saved from trouble which they know of and that which they do not know about. "The wicked" are those who do not pray and so do not succeed in escaping from trouble.

"Because thou hast made the Lord which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation, there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling."

This is a beautiful promise. This is one of the most definite promises in the Bible. A marvelous promise. It says that once you have made the divine Christ power your refuge by living in it regularly and knowing God to love, because of your prayers, no trouble can touch you. Could anything be more convincingly said?

By meditating regularly on the presence of God within you, and directing your life in accordance with your knowledge, you are thus protected from any kind of danger.

"For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands lest thou dash thy foot against a stone."

This is another lovely promise. Read it again and again. Nothing could be more exquisite. "He shall give His angels charge over thee." This is meant for you and me. Make this promise the subject of your thought every day for a month. Think about it. Realize it. Charge over thee. Think of this promise, "Charge over thee," and your entire life will be changed. You will be uplifted. You are in the charge of angels and will be safeguarded in all ways - health, food, clothing, all the necessities of life. Kept from fear of all kind, danger of all kind, a wonderful promise. A thought to keep one smiling, happy, well, strong, vital, young, day in and day out for the rest of your life.

"Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under foot."

"The lion" stands for difficulty about which we know. For the lion is not a sneak, he rushes at you in the open. The snake is hidden. Yet in His promise God says He will tread upon the lion and will trample the dragon or snake.

Scientific prayer means the practice of the presence Or God through prayer, by entering the secret place of the most High, which is within yourself, and will take care of all this, and God will give His protection whatever the trouble, in the open or hidden, your prayer will suffice to give you protection.

The last three verses are ringing with joy and triumph. Even when used alone, they form a complete and wonderful treatment.

"Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him. I will set him on High because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him, and honor him. with long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."

This is a definite statement that you are to be delivered from your difficulty and because you have set your love upon God, and He upon you, no harm of any kind can molest you. "I will deliver him." Why? Because he has set his love upon me. Demonstrate and prove this in your life. Decline, out of loyalty to God to accept anything less for yourself, then He will come to your aid.

Thus we see that when we have, through our prayer, attained a real appreciation of the allness of God, our trouble disappears.

The last two verses gather up all the promises and implications and present them in a song of triumph. Promising us counsel and guidance in perplexity, salvation in trouble, and a long and joyous life.

"He shall call upon me and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; and I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation." Glory to God in the highest. His promises are always sure. We will seek the secret place of the most High daily and thus abide under the shadow of the Almighty One, the one all powerful who will meet our every need, our every prayer.

THANK GOD.

"Power Through Constructive Thinking" by Emmet Fox

Matthew 18:20 0 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."