Greetings, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to
explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly
Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This
morning we seek to grasp the spiritual value and meaning of a dialogue with the Father.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
A Dialogue with the Father
"And Jesus was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
saying, 'Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless not my will, but
thine, be done,' and there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him." Luke,
Chapter 22, Verses 42 and 43.
Brothers and sisters, sometimes the stresses of life press us so tightly that we feel like we are wedged
between a rock and hard place. At such times, our minds may become confused as doubt seeks to
establish a foothold in our souls as we try to find our way. Sometimes we feel like Job, not being
able to find our way out of such a dilemma. We pray earnestly seeking the answer to such a difficult
and seemingly unbearable situation, seeking to be delivered, but in the end, yielding to the Father's
will. It is just one of many trials. Let us begin.
Son: I have been meaning to do this for quite sometime now, my Father. I am having difficulty
sorting out my thoughts; it is even very difficult to formulate my prayers. It seems that my thoughts
have a life of their own. They slip away even before I can consciously formulate or focus on them.
This is very disturbing to me, for I seem to be robbed of the psychological comfort of knowing what
I have said, of knowing that my desires, fears, and questions have been adequately expressed.
It is a time of great stress--physically, emotionally, morally, and spiritual. As I search my mind, I
cannot find a clue for how to overcome these manifold difficulties. Every possible solution appears
to have an equal contradicting problem. And yet these problems require solutions. This feeling
seems to have been with me before, my Father. I seek your guidance and assurance that I am
following your divine will. Is it possible that I may have misread your directions and took a wrong
turn? Do I need to make a course adjustment? I seem to be in a no-win situation. I even have
difficulties analyzing my problems.
My mind is not clear and seems to be operating in a fog. The only thing that seems clear to me are
my responsibilities, but no clear view of how to successfully carry them out. I am suffering in a real
sense and there does not seem to be very much that I can do about it. I do not mean to complain
Father, but I wonder if there is something that I have overlooked that might ease my distress?
I am absolutely dedicated to doing your divine will, Father, and I have faith and trust in you. But
right now I am confused and perplexed. I do not see how I can continue much longer under this kind
of stress without some additional power, physical, intellectual, moral, and spiritual though my desire
is to do your divine will. Can you help me, Father? Even the moral support from my friends has
dried up, and I do not really understand why. Why have they abandoned me, my Father, when I need
them so much? Why can't they see that I need them now as much as they needed me then? How can
they ignore my pleas and cries for help? Why are they not more loyal? I guess I am not very
important to them.
Father: My son, maintain your faith and trust in me. I know of your struggles--physically,
emotionally, morally, and spiritually. I know of your sincerity, your desire to always do my divine
will. I know how powerless you feel in these arenas of life. I know your sense of inadequacy. I know
how tired you are of being in the storm. I know how confused these things appear to your material
mind. I know of your fear of failure in spite of doing your very best under difficult circumstances--
your fear of having reached a dead end.
Hold on to your faith and trust for they will pull you through all of these trials and tribulations. Your
faith and trust are connected to me. I am able to complete what I started regardless of how things
appear to the material mind. I am power, success, strength, faith, trust, and every good thing, and I
withhold none of these qualities from you.
Remember, uncertainty is the secret of contented continuity. When knowledge of the future leads
to failure, it would be defeat for you to know the future. Your desire and sincerity are inward proof
of your doing my divine will. Do not fear that I do not understand the desires of your heart, for I do.
Do not fear that your conscious communication with me is lost because of emotional turmoil and
uncertainty. Your true communication with me is based solely upon your desire, and my reception
of your communication is simultaneous with your desire. In fact, your desire is your communication
I hear you my son, and I understand, and I am acting. Be patient, and you shall see the spiritual
rewards of your spiritual striving. I am always with you. Others may abandon you, but never will I.
I am loyalty. Be comforted by the knowledge of truth, for truth is the only reality that is eternally
real. Be comforted by the knowledge that all things work together for good for those who love me.
The transient struggles of time with evil and error must fall across your path, but this same time will
conquer evil and error, while my spirit will conquer time itself. Time may appear to be your enemy,
but time is your friend. It allows for growth and development, for experience. And without
experience, wisdom cannot function in your life. Continue on, my son, though you grow weary and
tired. My angels will strengthen you. You will succeed.
This concludes today's message on dialogue with the Father. We hope you find something in this
message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day. Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.