Is your desire for companionship a prayer?

Two definitions of "desire" given in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy may give us pause. The first reads, "Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds."Science and Health, p. 1. The second reads, in contrast, "Fear. ... desire ...."Ibid., p. 586.

Our desires do indicate what we worship. If our desires rest on a material basis, or if the desire for money, fame, things, takes first priority in our lives, we may find ourselves enthroning matter. If we can't ever face being alone, this may indicate that we idolize mortals. Such insatiable desires smack of fear because they seem to perpetuate a belief of not having. They may even prod us to scheme to get what we fear we lack.

Christian healing and the hope that is in us
December 6, 1982

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