Silent Prayer and the Child

One of the many rich blessings which Christian Science bestows is the availability to both child and adult of effectual prayer, regardless of circumstance or environment. Prayer means a drawing closer to God—to unerring divine Mind, whose infinite presence may be consciously realized in health, spiritual joy, and peace. And the only way to "draw nigh unto God," to omnipresent Love, is not by any physical move; it must be through lifting thought above false material sense to the contemplation of the truth of being.

Attendance at Sunday school should bring the child definite enlightenment on how to pray "with signs following." Right prayer is individual; it cannot be a set formula. And what a basic factor it is in every Christian Science activity! It is the basis of all Christian Science demonstration, removing mountains of erroneous beliefs, sin and disease included; indeed, without righteous prayer there could be no healing, no progress, but continued doubt and confusion. How essential, then, that the children learn this great fundamental of practical Christianity—how to pray, how and what to desire in silent prayer, so that they may truly heed the words of Jesus, "Pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."

In the Christian Science Sunday School even the smallest child may learn how to commune with God during silent prayer, that period set aside for individual and refreshing communion with God. And who can measure the result of the pure child-thought communing with the loving Father-Mother God?

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Love's Message
November 14, 1925

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