Watch and Pray

Toward the close of a day that had gone sadly awry, a student of Christian Science was impelled to seek earnestly for the cause of her seeming confusion. The day had been strewn with failures, a bitter thought here, an impatient word there, self-pity, and now self-condemnation—all had combined to form a troubled mist of discouragement. She realized that she had allowed her day to begin without any spiritual preparation and so had been found defenseless. An earnest study of the Manual which followed led to the humble realization that she had not been obedient to its by-laws.

Mrs. Eddy says of our Manual (Art. XXXV, Sect. 1), "It stands alone, uniquely adapted to form the budding thought and hedge it about with divine Love." A careful perusal of these by-laws in their special reference to daily prayer will reveal to the student that in Article VIII, Sections 1, 4, and 6, Mrs. Eddy has given us loving instruction which will be found to apply to every phase of mortal existence, for they cover our duty to God, our duty to man, to our organization, and to ourselves. Also, in the last tenet of our church "we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus" (Manual, p.16), and when we become members of The Mother Church we subscribe to these tenets and by-laws.

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