THE prayers recorded in the Bible are made even more valuable and practical for us today as a result of the new light which has been thrown upon the Scriptures with the discovery of Christian Science by Mary Baker Eddy. Indeed, higher and holier and permanent healing results can be obtained only as these prayers are understood in their spiritual significance, as affirmations of the inseparability of God and man. In her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 241), "Take away the spiritual signification of Scripture, and that compilation can do no more for mortals than can moonbeams to melt a river of ice."

The writer remembers a time when she was passing through a period of disturbing apprehension as to the outcome of a business matter, when she prayed in the words of the Psalmist, "I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me" (Ps. 57:2). She voiced this prayer with a new earnestness and conviction. Although on previous days it had brought comforting assurance, in this instance the understanding of the words "most high" as meaning all-powerful and ever present brought certainty of right results. She was willing to leave the decision to the all-powerful, the ever-present Mind, that Mind which, by reflection, was the Mind of all concerned. She desired that the will of the Most High be done. Fear was destroyed, and the result was most satisfactory.

Truly to trust God with our desires demands a definite confidence in God's willingness and ability to perform all that is needful in that which relates to our good and a persistent exclusion of every thought of uncertainty or doubt. When God's law is appealed to for a right adjustment of a situation, we find that it operates to establish a blessing for all concerned. Unless this were the outcome, there could be no blessing for anyone.

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August 9, 1952

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