Praying Without Ceasing

[For children]

How often do we pray? At night when we are alone with the darkness enfolding us like a silk comforter? Or perhaps in the morning when we awake to realize that a fine new day has started with many interesting things to do and see?

The Bible tells us that we must "pray without ceasing." I Thess. 5:17; This may seem like a lot to do when we're so busy going to school, doing our homework, playing games, riding our bicycles, planning for the next day's activities. But praying doesn't mean that we always have to stop and fold our hands and bow our heads, although this shows our reverence for God and we like to do it.

Every time we think of God as Mind and know that we are His ideas, as Christian Science teaches us, we are praying. Every time we replace a wrong thought such as, "My father told me to put away my bicycle; I'll do it later," with a good one, "I'll do it now." Or replace the thought, "She's mean!" with the good one, "God is Love and never made a mean idea." Or, in a school test, "Just this once I'll sneak a look at someone else's paper," with "No, all God's ideas are truthful. Divine Mind has the answer to the problem, and I know it too."

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