Prayerful Striving

"Seeking is not sufficient. It is striving that enables us to enter," writes Mary Baker Eddy on page 10 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." This statement is in accord with Christ Jesus' admonition, "Strive to enter in at the strait gate." The Master knew human nature; hence his warning against lukewarmness. For many, he said, "will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." Need we be surprised when we discover that merely seeking does not produce the desired results?

In every phase of human experience we find that everything truly worth having comes to us as the result of right desires put into practice through prayerful striving. Throughout the three years of his ministry, during which he fulfilled his mission to preach the gospel, heal the sick, save the sinner, raise the dead, and to show his followers the way to do likewise, Jesus constantly communed with his heavenly Father; and sometimes, we read, he spent the night in consecrated prayer for fuller understanding of the Father's will. Can we do less than pray as he did and strive to be his worthy followers?

Man Knows
March 3, 1934

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