DAILY PRAYER AND DAILY LIVING

"Lord, teach us to pray," was the request of one of Jesus' disciples (Luke 11:1). This plea he answered both by a specific prayer which has since been called the Lord's Prayer and by general directions as to the manner of praying. Jesus' instructions and his prayer were put into use by his immediate followers and were recorded by them, so that they have come down through the centuries and are still a basic part of all Christian church services.

In the Manual of The Mother Church, Mary Baker Eddy writes (Art. VIII, Sect. 4), "It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to pray each day: 'Thy kingdom come;' let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!" The opening words of this prayer, taken from the Lord's Prayer, indicate the importance Mrs. Eddy attached to them. She knew, as Jesus did, that the foundation of true worship must be a recognition of the fact that God is the governor, that all is under His perfect control. We too must start from this premise.

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