Right Desire

"Desire is prayer," is a statement appearing on page 1 of our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy. These words are cherished by Christian Scientists, and frequently quoted by them. But there are twenty-seven other words in the sentence of which this well-known statement is but a part— words which make it clear that our desires must be "moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds." The complete sentence in the textbook reads as follows: "Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds."

Careful consideration of the entire statement makes it plain that one must be willing to trust his desires to God. This means, of course, that one is willing to let the light of Truth search his heart and uncover to him anything that is unworthy. By holding to Truth and relinquishing that which does not measure up to its standard, he will find his desires both purified and satisfied.

Mental Pictures
May 26, 1945

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