"Knock, and it shall be opened unto you"

Christ Jesus , our Way-shower, in teaching his disciples to pray, said, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." And our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, referring to the Master's words in her Message to The Mother Church for 1901, writes (p. 19), "Jesus said, 'Ask, and ye shall receive;' and if not immediately, continue to ask, and because of your often coming it shall be given unto you."

"But how often have I already asked and the answer been withheld," we may argue. For what have we asked? And how have we approached the Giver of all good? It certainly is not customary to appeal to someone for something which we know he does not possess; rather is it natural to turn towards that source whence we believe it possible to receive the needed assistance, and to shape our requests accordingly. Why at times do our prayers remain unanswered? That is, why is the answer which we have been expecting or wishing to hear withheld? God cannot give us materiality, which is the direct opposite of infinite Spirit. Neither can thought which is clothed with self-will, fear, or hate, come into His presence.

Persistence in Truth
June 29, 1940

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