Asking Aright

A clergyman once summed up prayer by saying that in the divine storehouse there are thousands of blessings laid away labeled "Uncalled For."

The Bible promise, "Ask, and it shall be given you," Matt. 7:7; is a very simple one. Like most Bible promises, however, it is also very profound. Asking never tells God anything that He does not already know. It is simply a confession of human inadequacy and incompleteness. But asking does reach out for something beyond the human—something wiser, stronger, greater. Such qualities are among the divine blessings God has in store for us. And we can always have them for the asking.

How do we know that we are asking aright? One quick check is to be sure that we are asking for something that God has for us. Since God is infinite Spirit, knowing nothing of matter and material circumstances, it is clear that we cannot ask Him for anything material. Neither can we ask for anything unloving, since He is divine Love.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

Accept the One Mind
November 2, 1968

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.