Active, persistent prayer

It is not always easy to hold our thought in prayer—even for a few minutes—without wavering. Hewing to the straight line of prayer requires self-discipline, because of the reluctance of the human mind to pray. We should, however, have as our goal Mrs. Eddy's great directive in Science and Health: "Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts." Science and Health, p. 261.

What is known as human nature resists giving itself up to God and embracing spirituality. If we are alert to this resistance and are convinced of the value of prayer, we can—through the power of Christ, Truth, expressed in Christian discipline—redeem consciousness by understanding that there is only one Mind. Not Mind and mortal mind but just God, Mind, which is the only Mind we have, the only source of our true nature. Silencing the material senses, we gain dominion over mental resistance. Prayer is a powerful weapon against mortal mind's suggestions.

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