Our Daily Prayers

In the "Rule for Motives and Acts" (Manual, p. 40) we read that "the members of this church [The Mother Church] should daily watch and pray to be delivered from all evil, from prophesying, judging, condemning, counseling, influencing or being influenced erroneously." Though any merely personal interpretation of the duty here indicated is uncalled for, it is well to note the care and insight with which the words in this by-law have been chosen. Every one of the words used to denote the specific evils against which we must daily protect ourselves is full of meaning, and the thoughtful study of this by-law must unfold more and more of helpful truth.

On page 41 of the Manual is the familiar by-law about "Daily Prayer," which reads, "It shall be the duty of every member of this church to pray each day: 'Thy kingdom come;' let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!" Truly Christian Science is a religion of constant aspiration. Only as we purify mortal thought with the understanding that divine intelligence is ever present, can we give to the humanly limited the truth which is to make them free. Even the little children are learning to pray more and more freely in Christian Science, and their prayers are effective.

In the Reading-room
August 15, 1914

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