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  • Writer's pictureFrank Paul

Prayer card #26 - Sermon on the Mount

Notes from The Sermon on the Mount, by Emmet Fox, first published in 1938

Fox was an early 20th Century theologian born in Ireland

Jesus explains to us what the nature of God is

All the doctrines and theologies of the churches are human inventions

Prayer does change things

Divine wisdom is the author of the Bible

I disagree with Fox’s view that Adam and Eve, and the Garden of Eden, are just parables

Your life’s experiences are but the outer expression of inner thought

Our free will lies in our choice of thought

Matthew’s chapters 5, 6, and 7 contain the best and most complete version of the Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 6:9-13 – Lord’s prayer

Matthew 7:12 – the Golden Rule

The Bible is a manual for the growth of the soul

Jettison everything in your life that stands in the way of finding God

Get rid of your fear of public opinion, of disapproval of relatives or friends

Pray for wisdom and guidance

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he

The soul’s integrity is the one and only thing that matters

Paraclete = Holy Spirit

Neglect your past negative thoughts and they will fade away due to inattention

You write your own history of tomorrow by the thoughts you entertain today

Jesus calls your consciousness the Secret Place

Pray for wisdom and guidance

Whatever you give your attention to, is the thing that governs your life. Your free will lies in the directing of your attention

Judge not, that ye be not judged

Wisdom is the perfect blending of intelligence and love

The Fatherhood of God – what a great phrase

Axiomatic = self-evident

Raison deter = the most important reason or purpose for someone or something’s existence

When you pray, claim that Divine intelligence is inspiring you

Once again, Fox brings up The Practice of the Presence of God (which, by the way, is an excellent read, written by Brother Lawrence in the 1600s)

This next section of notes is from Fox’s interpretation of The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer is a compact formula for the development of the soul

Since God, our Father, is Divine Spirit, so man must essentially be Divine Spirit, too

Our Father, not my Father, indicating we are all children of God

Heaven is the term for the presence of God

Hallowed = holy, whole, wholesome, heal, healed

God has glorious and wonderful plans for every one of us

Man’s wrong thinking brings upon himself all his troubles

It is the will of God that we should all lead healthy, happy lives

Our daily bread signifies the realization of the Presence of God

To live in the past is death. The art of life is to live in the present moment

You must forgive everyone who has ever hurt you if you want to be forgiven yourself

Setting others free really means setting yourself free

Pray daily for wisdom, understanding, purity, and guidance of the Holy Spirit

When you pray, say God is inspiring me

When you are doing any task, think that Divine Intelligence is working through me now

(This has been an enlightening read for me. The explanations of all the key phrases of the Beatitudes. And then Fox’s interpretation and insight on The Lord’s Prayer is remarkable; to the point that when you recite the prayer in the future it will never be the same for you. It will have much, much more meaning, you’ll say it slower, it will actually touch your heart instead of just going through the motions, as I know I was prone to do in the past. I highly suggest getting a copy for yourself)



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