Our dear Leader tells us that "desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be molded and exalted before they take form in words" (Science and Health, p. I). But can the mere repetition of the words, "Give us this day our daily bread," give us more than we (as God's ideas) already have of that which we need? Can simply asking for this bread bring to us a more abundant supply, or satisfy our craving? Can we expect or even hope to be fed and nourished by the divine bounty simply by petitioning that bread be given us?

What is our concept of this bread? Is it that we may be kept from lacking the material? Is it that we may not know an unsatisfied sense of hunger? Is it only that we may have each hour enough and to spare for our finite needs? In a word, are we engaged in the hopeless endeavor of materially outlining a spiritual aspiration? If so, then our thought and asking are amiss. If, however, this concept of bread is the recognition of spiritual reality, if it is to know the will of good only and do it, if the sense of hunger is for greater humility, if it is being prayerfully intent in our obedience to divine Principle, if it is a scientific striving for the fulfilling of God's law, then indeed is our prayer, "Give us this day our daily bread," in the unction of Spirit and with power, and this mental attitude is with understanding.

May 13, 1911

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