"Pray without ceasing"

When I first read Mrs. Eddy's statement "We must 'pray without ceasing'" Science and Health, p. 15; in the opening chapter of Science and Health, I thought it was beyond human ability to obey. I discovered that Mrs. Eddy had been quoting the Apostle Paul, who exhorted the Thessalonians: "Pray without ceasing." I Thess. 5:17; I visualized someone on his knees day and night, eyes closed, hands pressed together, pleading to an unknown God.

Later, as my understanding of Christian Science grew, I thought that probably the admonition meant, as the Psalmist says, "Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, ... and he shall hear my voice." Ps. 55:17; As I continued the daily study of the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly and progressed in my understanding of Science, I came to realize that what we think, if it is right scientific thinking, is praying. Therefore we can pray without ceasing by consistently thinking rightly.

The Power of Prayer
September 13, 1975

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