Living a Life of Prayer

It is natural for us to turn daily to God in prayer—as natural as it is for us to breathe. If our prayer is more spiritually enlightened each day, we shall be less likely to think of ourselves as self-Sufficient and so unwittingly permit our insufficiency to rebuke us.

"I can of mine own self do nothing," declared Christ Jesus, adding, "I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me" (John 5:30). A stream would dry up if it were shut off from its source. Likewise, our spiritual identity would be lost if we could shut ourselves off from God: but this is scientifically impossible because man is actually inseparable from God.

Prayer requires a spiritual attitude of thought, an attitude that includes reverent thankfulness that we exist as spiritual identities, even before we understand what this means and in spite of all that material sense argues to the contrary. When we turn our thought unreservedly to God and acknowledge Spirit to be the one creative and governing power, we lay hold of spiritual facts—health, freedom, purity, and so forth—and let these facts replace material beliefs in our consciousness. It is through such prayer that the true purpose of our lives appears, and we glorify God upon the earth.

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Spiritual Sense at the Business Meeting
September 29, 1962

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