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"THY WILL BE DONE"
It has been truly said that in the proportion that we know God aright do we know how to pray aright. The Bible warns against praying amiss; yet we often do so simply because of our own ignorance of what God is. In the early dawn of our reflection of divine light, we see only dimly and with simple faith. Perhaps we see God as a person who is far off, immeasurably distant from our own little selves. How can our pleadings be heard, we may think, by a God so widely separated from our tiny world?
Again we may sometimes find ourselves groping in a cloud of doubt as to the very existence of a Supreme Being and refrain from prayer for that reason. Or we may pray that what we humanly desire may come to pass, but time goes on and we see no tangible result. We forget the prerequisite, namely that in order to pray aright, we must pray that God's will be done.
When one has petitioned God in all sincerity and faith for something which he has not received because it is not for his highest good, such prayer cannot be said to be in vain. One's turning to God in prayer is a turning to the source of all good and is in itself an act of faith which must have its reward. The way has thus been opened wherein the petitioner, if he is faithful and sincere, will be shown that which God has provided for his benefit and blessing. Thus righteous prayer cannot fail to receive its answer.
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WE CAN HEAL OURSELVES AND OTHERS
FRANKIE L. THOMAS
"THY WILL BE DONE"
ACTIVITY AND REWARD
GRACE ROSE WHITE
HOW THE USHER SERVES
DORIS A. LEWIS
Glanville le Sueur
MIRIAM BECKHOFF DAMSGAARD
WITHSTANDING THE PRESSURE TO CONFORM
LOUIS D. GARINGER
THE DIVINE SOURCE
Helen Wood Bauman
John J. Selover
with contributions from The Clinton Journal and Public
RADIO PROGRAM No. 192 - Overcoming Occupational Hazards
H. Gladys Swope
My heart overflows with humble...
Gertrude G. van Roden
Christian Science came into my...
Merwin Lee McKibbin
I am very grateful that the Discoverer...
Mabel M. Thorne
It is with a heart filled with gratitude...
Elizabeth Anne Andrew
I am very grateful for the opportunity...
Velma R. Reynolds
I was brought up in a Christian Science...
Barbara Chapman Lesh
From the time I was a small...
Elisabeth F. Norwood
I did not come to Christian Science...
Several years ago I was traveling...
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Mayte Richardson