By Prayer and Fasting

The Gospel according to Matthew tells of a father seeking help from Jesus for his afflicted son. When the father said that he had brought the boy to the disciples but they had failed to help him. Jesus responded, "Bring him hither to me." Then the account continues, "Jesus rebuked the devil: and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour." It was as if he had said, Bring him to where it is known that Spirit is the only power —to the understanding that man is spiritual, not material.

It was evident that in no other way than by the understanding and recognition of man's perfection could this child be saved. Jesus' explanation to his disciples of their failure, "This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting," showed the necessity of fasting from any material suggestion of a personal self needing to be healed, and the holy desire to do the will of the Father, divine Spirit. The pure reflection of God, Mind, could see only the pure image of Love.

Man Power
July 10, 1943

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