Not "if"—"because!"

Prayer that begins, "God, if You love me . . ." or "if You're here . . ." may well be built not on conviction but on doubt. And how about, "God, if You're all-powerful, do something!" Not only may be willful, too. I've prayed such prayers myself. But with no results—at least not the results I had asked for. No wonder! Praying from the standpoint of doubt and demand, I was praying astray. "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss," James 4:3. the Bible tells us. When we ask and don't receive, it's not time to give up praying, but time to correct our prayer. And what better place to start than by learning more of God—what He is and how an understanding of Him heals?

"How empty are our conceptions of Deity!" writes Mrs. Eddy in Science and Health. "We admit theoretically that God is good, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinite, and then we try to give information to this infinite Mind." Science and Health, p. 3. Either God, good, is omnipotent, or He's not. Which side are we praying on? We must pray on the side of Love's omnipotence if we are to experience the healing effects of this omnipotence. Prayer doesn't ever change the truth of being (that's already perfect!), but it must bring our thinking into accord with Love's knowing of its own allness in order for us to demonstrate that allness and the unreality of evil.

Ascent with healing
April 6, 1981

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