[Original article in German]

The Answered Prayer

Our Master said: "Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do;" "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." Here the Master opens unto us the very gates of heaven, making clear how we may lay down our burdens at the feet of divine Love. We have actually the promise that every prayer made in his name will be answered. To ask in his name means to pray as he prayed, and so to be able to work out our problems with his understanding of being.

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 2), we read: "God is Love. Can we ask Him to be more?" God is unchangeable, without variableness in goodness or harmony. His eternal activity is compatible with the immutability of His being; for activity is the nature of Love, and it is always expressed in harmony. The presence of light excludes darkness. In the same way, discord is excluded from the presence of God. Hence God has no relationship whatsoever with so-called evil. Therefore His activity is seen in "every good gift and every perfect gift." As James said, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

God is all Life; God includes all cause and effect. Consequently "every good gift and every perfect gift" is the manifestation of God. Whatever appears to exist apart from good does not belong to God's activity or the realm of reality, but to the fictitious region of illusion. Jesus recognized the allness of God and the eternal immutability of perfection; and this recognition gave him power at the grave of Lazarus to realize the eternal nature of Life, to utter the command, "Lazarus, come forth." In order to be able to pray in his name we must learn how to participate in this spiritual understanding; and to remain true to this understanding of the allness of God, good, under all circumstances, means to believe.

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Had I the Mind of Christ
May 31, 1924

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