Enriched Affections

Prayer lifts the suppliant's thought to the Almighty. While we are in the act of praying in accordance with the instructions of Christian Science, something of the divine nature dawns upon human consciousness; and the stronger the receptivity to the divine light, the weaker the opposite resistance to that light in the thought of the petitioner. Habitual prayer, therefore, raises the level of the petitioner's thinking in its approach to the divine.

Under the heading "Daily Prayer," on page 41 of the Church Manual, Mrs. Eddy gives as a By-Law to govern members of The Mother Church this rousing command: "It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to pray each day: 'Thy kingdom come;' let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!"

The Shepherd and the Sheep
June 9, 1934

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