What the Bible teaches about prayer

In discussions with Christians of other denominations the Christian Scientist may find that some confusion persists among his friends regarding the nature of prayer in the teachings of Christian Science. For the Scientist, however, his sense of communion with God corresponds directly with what the Bible teaches.

Prayer expresses the heart's earnest desire to know God, to love Him, and to feel His tender care and guidance. One's private communion with God is a blessed event. Prayer attains its healing and redeeming goal in proportion as we selflessly seek to discover and perform the Father's will. God, divine Mind, reveals to each one exactly what is needed to accomplish His holy purpose.

Inspiration and understanding, spontaneity, humility, unselfed love—such qualities form the bedrock of prayer. Its essence is not found in tired ritual, dogma, creed, ancient superstitions, or formula. Newness and vitality should shine forth every time we turn to God. Our fresh realization of Mind's infinite power and capacity sparks the divine animus in our individual prayer. The result— the activity of the Christ, Truth, transforms human consciousness, regenerates, heals. And everyone has the ability to pray. The intelligent recognition of divine law and of Spirit's ever-presence is available to all.

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