True Desire

We are told in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 1) that "desire is prayer." This leads us to ask ourselves, For what are we praying?

Whenever we have a need to apply the healing truths of Christian Science to some physical problem, what is our real desire? Just for physical healing? No! True prayer and real desire are not according to this pattern. True prayer is the longing to express more of God's perfection, to obey no law but His law, and to prove that there is only one God, good, and that man is the image and likeness of God. True prayer is the denial of all that is unlike good, the casting out of all that would deface and dethrone His image. It is the positive knowing that we are dwelling in the haven, the harmony, of Soul, and that there is no power, law, or intelligence that can separate us from God's love and protection. It is the conscious at-one-ment with divine Principle, Love, and the constant affirmation of man's heritage as the full and perfect expression of divine Mind. This prayer of positive knowing, this awakening to the forever fact that man preexisted and coexists as the perfect idea of Mind, and that nothing has power to separate him from God, reveals to us man's ever-present perfection.

Spiritual Meaning of the Scriptures
May 27, 1939

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