Lack of confidence and too much effort is the reason you do not get an answer to your prayer. Many people block answers to their prayers by failing to fully comprehend the workings of the subconscious mind. When you know how your mind functions, you gain a measure of confidence. You must remember whenever your subconscious accepts an idea it immediately begins to execute it. It uses all its mighty resources to that end and mobilizes all the mental and spiritual laws of your deeper mind. This law is true for good or bad ideas.
Consequently, if you use it negatively, it brings trouble, failure, and confusion. When you use it constructively, it brings guidance, freedom, and peace of mind. The right answer is inevitable when your thoughts are constructive, when you’re in tune with the infinite, and when you have love and goodwill for all. So it is perfectly obvious that the only thing you have to do in order to overcome failure is to get your subconscious to accept your idea or request by feeling its reality now, and the law of your mind will do the rest.
Turn over your request with faith and confidence. Your subconscious will take over, and the answer will come. You will always fail to get results by trying to use mental coercion or force, saying, “I tried so hard.” Your subconscious mind does not respond to coercion. It responds to your faith or conscious mind acceptance.
A native of Ireland who resettled in America, Joseph Murphy, Ph.D., D.D. (1898–1981) was a prolific and widely admired New Thought minister and writer, best known for The Power of Your Subconscious Mind. A popular speaker, Murphy lectured on both American coasts and in Europe, Asia, and South Africa. His many books and pamphlets on the auto-suggestive and metaphysical faculties of the human mind have entered multiple editions. Murphy is considered one of the pioneering voices of affirmative-thinking philosophy.