No Waste Places

PRAYER has been the refuge of great leaders among men when they were assailed by seemingly insurmountable difficulties and trials. The Bible records many instances wherein men and nations were preserved from evils and delivered from disasters as the result of consecrated, earnest prayer. In fact history, sacred and secular, shows how mankind, under stress of circumstances, has sought and obtained the guidance and help of Deity.

Mary Baker Eddy places great emphasis on prayer. In her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the first chapter is devoted to this subject, and she writes on page 15, "In order to pray aright, we must enter into the closet and shut the door;" and she adds, "In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God's allness." We are told in the Bible that Jesus returned to his ministry with renewed inspiration and power, after hours of silent communion with God; and many of his wonderful healing works were performed after these times of hallowed meditation.

Wherever one may be, he can ascend to the heights of prayer, where material sense is silenced by Truth, and spiritual consciousness is awakened to receive the angelic messages from divine Love. It may be in the home, or in one's place of business, that this sanctuary is found. Quiet meditation on the goodness, loving-kindness, mercy, and protective care of the Father brings assurance of power and ability far beyond our limited human capacities. When thus equipped, one is prepared to meet the ever-changing conditions of man-made systems with those positive qualities of divine Mind that admit of no erroneous restrictions.

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Divine Direction
April 24, 1937

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