One's realization of Truth, whereby the things of Spirit are discerned vividly as present, depends upon his use of spiritual sense. One may admit, as Christian Science declares, that good is real and that evil and matter are unreal; and this is an important step in his spiritual success. But to demonstrate the power of the Almighty in effective prayer, one needs to become actually conscious of the substance of divine ideas; the evidence of their existence must be tangible to him. These steps of distinguishing the real from the unreal and becoming conscious of the divine are certain to attain the demonstration of health and spiritual usefulness.

The student of Christian Science may think that because he has read much from the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy and has declared the truths of Science pertinent to his problem, he has done all that needs to be done. But when a problem remains unsolved, this shows that his realization of spiritual truths is too dim to be effective. Christ Jesus was teaching the method by which Truth is effectively realized when he said (Matt. 6:6), "When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."

March 20, 1954

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