Daily Study-Daily Bread

Christ Jesus understood the true, spiritual meaning of daily sustenance. As he communed with God, Jesus' forty days in the wilderness without food demonstrated the true source of man's strength to be divine Mind. Afterward, when he was tempted by the devil and it was suggested that he turn stones into bread, he refused, answering, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Matt. 4:4

Today, we can realize the life-giving, healing, sustaining power and vitality of God's Word—the daily bread that feeds us with inspiration, derived from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. This spiritual manna is as available to us as it was to Jesus. Do we not all, at some time, face our own wilderness experience? It is necessary for each one to acknowledge and demonstrate the ever-presence of spiritual power and divine Love. Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language defines "wilderness" not only as "an uncultivated, uninhabited region" but also as "a large, confused mass or tangle of persons or things." The pressing need today is to untangle human thought and to gain a recognition of present spiritual order and harmony.

It is toward this goal that daily prayer and study fill a vital role. The Lesson-Sermon published in the Christian Science Quarterly offers a sanctuary from the confusion and clamor of materialism. It provides, in a sense, church every day. It presents the Word of God, which helps us resolve the ambiguities of human existence. Bible study, when coupled with prayer, tends to disengage mortal thought from its pursuit of finite objects and goals, and points to the demonstration of one infinite Mind. It helps reinstate in consciousness the primal order of God's creation.

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Dealing with Pressures
October 4, 1975

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