Paul and Silas sang praises to God when they were in prison. There seemed to be no way of escape for them; they were bound fast, yet they sang praises; and these praises must have been well-pleasing to the heart of divine Love, for the deliverance of which they stood in need was immediate. The prison doors, we are told, were opened, and when they had finished their work for God in the prison, they went free.

What was it that enabled these men honestly to praise God in such circumstances? What inspired them? Must it not have been the "absolute faith that all things are possible to God" of which our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes on page 1 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures"? The prayer of faith, the Master said, moves mountains; and the prayer of faith, by its very nature, must always be accompanied by praise.

Now, this "absolute faith" of Paul and Silas may still be ours, for Christian Science has taught us that to omnipotent and ever present Love all things are possible. Christian Scientists make no exceptions. All things are possible to God. We may seem to be in prison, bound fast by fear, lack, disease, or sin; yet we may sing praises. And if the praises are genuine, they will open our prison doors, and we shall go free, as did Paul and Silas. The same divine Principle which worked for them then is working for us now; for Principle changes not, nor can the law that is governed by it.

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Spiritual Law versus Material Law
July 23, 1927

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