Be Persistent in Prayer

In the face of error's claims to reality and tenacity it is often necessary to be very persistent in our hold upon the truth. When we are convinced of the rightness of our statements of Truth and the justice of our cause, we can hold steadfastly to the spiritual facts until the human mind yields to the divine Mind and God's law or the force of good is demonstrated as the reality of being. Christian Science teaches us that God is omnipotent and that He governs the universe and man harmoniously. When we understand this fact and apply God's law to our human circumstance, a change takes place, first in our consciousness and then in our experience.

When Jacob was struggling with his conscience at Peniel, he was dealing with what might be called deep-seated errors of thought. The light began to dawn upon him, but he did not let go of this inspiration until he learned the whole lesson and was changed. Regarding this point in the experience, Mrs. Eddy explains, "But the patriarch, perceiving his error and his need of help, did not loosen his hold upon this glorious light until his nature was transformed." Science and Health, p. 308;

Such persistence is not exercise of will but adherence to Truth. It rests upon integrity and has divine impulsion. Though error would try to imitate this tenacity, it has no foundation in fact and must eventually yield to the reality of being. It is very necessary in the practice of this Science to understand that error, evil, is not real because it has never been part of God's creation. This fact enables us to persist with the truth and to have the faith that is essential to see us through trying times.

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