(As good an explanation of visualized, affirmative prayer as I’ve found anywhere. The final quotation, from “Acts,” is from Christian scripture. The same ideas are expressed in TaNaCH (especially in Tehillim/Psalms), by all Jewish Science authors and in many Hasidic teachings.)

The Golden Key

by Emmet Fox

Scientific prayer will enable you to get yourself or anyone else, out of any difficulty. 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.

G-d is omnipotent, and we are G-d’s image and likeness and have dominion over all things. This is the inspired teaching, and it is intended to be taken literally, at its face value. 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. Everyone has this ability 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 G-d 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 be just the getting of yourself out of the way.

Beginners often get startling results the first time, for all that is 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 you have to do is this: Stop thinking about the difficulty, whatever it is, and think about G-d instead. This is the complete rule, and if only you will do this, the trouble, whatever it is, will 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, stop thinking about it and think of God instead–that is all you have to do.

It could not be simpler, could it? G-d 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 G-d, which is impossible. Work by rehearsing anything or everything that you know about G-d. G-d is wisdom, truth, inconceivable love. G-d 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 G-d. If you are thinking about your difficulty, you are not thinking about G-d. To be continually glancing over your shoulder in order to see how matters are progressing is fatal, because it is thinking of the trouble, and you must think of G-d and nothing else. Your object is to drive the thought of the difficulty out of your consciousness, for a few moments at least, substituting for it the thought of G-d. This is the crux of the whole thing. If you can become so absorbed in this consideration of the spiritual world that you forget for a while about the difficulty, you will 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 out of your mind, replacing it with the thought of G-d.

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, at first it may be difficult to get your thoughts away from material things. But by constantly repeating a statement of absolute Truth, such as: There is no power but G-d. I am the child of G-d, filled and surrounded by the perfect peace of G-d: G-d is love; G-d is guiding me now; or, perhaps best and simplest of all. G-d is with me — however mechanical or trite it may seem — 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 you find your attention wandering, switch it back to G-d.

Do not try to think in advance what the solution to your difficulty will be. This is called “outlining” and will only delay the demonstration. Leave the question of ways and means to G-d. You want to get out of your difficulty that is sufficient. You do your half, and G-d will never fail to do G-d’s.

“Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2:21)

[What does Emmet Fox mean when he says not to think about the trouble, but to think about G-d instead? Does he mean simply to ignore the problem, like the proverbial ostrich’s head in the sand?

No.

He means, in keeping with all other “New Thought” authors — as well as “Jewish Science” and many Hasidic ones — to see the positive outcome as already in place through G-d’s Divine, Good action. This requires “imagination:”

“The imaginative power is the supreme gift of G-d. Just because it has so great potency, we must use it with good judgment, and for the best ends. It is the highly creative and constructive force in the spirit of man through which he builds, first the idea, and then its realization. In its use does man come nearest to the activity of G-d, for with Him all creation is but will, the putting forth of a purpose, made real as He wills it. Whatever we are, all that we attain, aids in the strengthening of the imaginative power, so that we may really construct something.”
(Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy; “The Jewish Life”; p. 59)

In Torah:
“G-d said,
‘Let there be light’
and
there was light.”

G-d didn’t address the darkness. He affirmed the presence of light.

He saw, or foresaw, the quality of light, even in the midst of darkness.

It’s a perfect example of affirmative prayer in action.]