Availing Prayer

During our early attempts to master the rudiments of Christian Science the question naturally arises, How does the Christian Scientist pray? We may have been drawn to this religion because our past earnest efforts at prayer have too often proved unavailing; or, where the desired results were instantly realized, we have been at a loss to account for the blessed experience until, happily for some of us, the elucidation was found in the teachings of Christian Science.

There is no mystery concerning answered prayer, save the mystery that it has taken the human race so long to find the way, now made so clear in our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. It is a well-known fact that many professed Christians have come to pray without the logical expectation of answer thereto. For such, prayer, although a daily duty, is performed without due consideration as to motive and desire. Whenever the human heart reaches out to God in the way of His appointing, however, prayer is instantly answered; for the reason that such prayer and the answer are one.

May 27, 1922

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