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You Pray with Your Life
In the history of mankind prayer has been conceived of in many ways—from the automatic prayer wheel of the Tibetan to the prolonged night vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane. To many people, to pray simply means to say a few words or repeat a few phrases in a solemn or reverent attitude. Very evidently Christ Jesus had a different concept of prayer. At their request he gave his disciples one brief prayer outlined in words, but his teachings as a whole indicate that one prays with his life rather than with his words.
If one properly conceives the purpose of prayer, he will be less liable to misinterpret the method and fall into a ritual. The purpose of prayer is to commune with God, to be guided by infinite Spirit, or divine Love. It is to conform to the direction of Principle, to harmonize with divine intelligence, to feel the presence of the Father-Mother God. Certainly one does not accomplish this through ceremony, through mere repetition, or through ritualistic method. It can be accomplished only through deep desire reflected in one's daily study, in an earnest effort to live a Christian life, in one's daily attitude toward God and toward one's fellowmen. The daily and hourly attitude of Christian Scientists is outlined in Mary Baker Eddy's words in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "They bow before Christ, Truth, to receive more of his reappearing and silently to commune with the divine Principle, Love." Science and Health, p. 35;
It is only as one sees the deep, transforming effect of this prayer on one's thinking and living that he can understand how the Christian Scientist depends upon prayer for healing and for the meeting of all his human needs. When we perceive that human experience is the expression of human thinking, then that which forms and molds human thinking is understood to have a direct and determining effect upon one's life, both physically and morally.
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Stability—Inherent in Principle
ELMER F. BACKER
Enlarging Our Concept
E. MARGARET OSBORN
God's Law of Supply
NATHANAEL H. ENGLE
Basic Training—Christian Science Style
RALPH BYRON COPPER
Althea Brooks Hollenbeck
"The calm and exalted thought"
ANNIE B. SMITH
Away from Home, but Close to God
GERTRUDE P. FOGEL
LISTENING IN CHURCH TO THE LORD'S PRAYER
Pansy O. Alexander
You Pray with Your Life
William Milford Correll
Three in One
Alan A. Aylwin
Many years ago my grandmother was searching for a religion...
Florine Gregg Matthys
Over forty-five years ago my husband and I were invited to...
Anne Reeves with contributions from Muriel R. Ford, Pearl Beresford
Several years prior to my birth my parents took up the earnest...
Oswald J. Phillips with contributions from Hilda J. Phillips
RADIO PROGRAM NO. 328 - Choose Life!
Harlan Witham with contributions from Florence Ludgate
Signs of the Times