"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.

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