Divine Protection and Healing

How intense are the prayers which are going up from the heart of humanity today! In these trying times supplications are being poured forth continually from affectionate hearts for loved ones on the earth, in the air, or on the sea. Often it is fear which prompts the prayers, for mortal mind is constantly suggesting that something untoward may occur to injure, impair health, sap vitality and strength. As the war between nations increases in scope and violence, those with faith in a power higher than themselves will continue to pray more diligently than ever that this power shall protect those dear to them.

Some of the prayers being uttered—many of them—are but shadowy things, lacking in spiritual substance, because they are addressed to "the unknown god," to a power higher than the petitioners it is true, but only feebly understood. Other prayers are inspired by a faith based on a degree of comprehension of a loving Father's care for His children. Others still are inspired by a genuine understanding of the divine nature—God's nature—a true understanding of the deific power and presence, an accurate perception of the spiritual nature of God's creation, man and the universe, and of the relationship of man to God, the Principle of man's being.

The prayer of spiritual understanding is the prayer of the Christian Scientist. It is the prayer which Christian Science empowers all who comprehend its teaching to pray, for this Science clearly elucidates the nature of God, teaches plainly the truth of His omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence, the truth of His perfection, and the fact that the real man is the exact reflection of God. Christian Science thus reveals the profound truth that man—the real man—is spiritual and perfect. In this way it established the faith of all who understand its teachings on an absolutely correct, and therefore absolutely stable basis. With this understanding they perceive that man, reflecting God, is perfectly protected every moment, never in danger at any time. Moreover, the understanding and faith which divine Science inspires, when exercised, will heal whoever may be believing in some condition which is painful or distressful, some condition which would seem to indicate a state of imperfection.

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The Expectancy of Good
September 12, 1942

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