The Standpoint of Scientific Prayer

"In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God's allness," Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 15; Mary Baker Eddy writes.

This is the standpoint of Christian Science prayer. We should not believe that scientific prayer starts from a plea to acquire some material thing that we seemingly lack. We need to refute the lie of lack of good on the basis that man is nothing less than the immediate, eternal reflection of the All-in-all, God, and that every right idea there is—indeed all goodness—is already man's by reflection. A sound basis for prayer is the omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience of Spirit, God, and the nonactuality of anything that would suggest opposition to, or separation from, or ignorance of Him.

Sin implies departure from God, or a mortal willingness to believe in a reality other than God—an outside to God's government. Considered from the basis of God's infinitude, sin must be an unreal supposition, without real power to entice or even be. There can be no departure from God because God is All. Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, says, "The foundation of evil is laid on a belief in something besides God." ibid., p. 92;

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Painless Progress
November 15, 1975

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