Prayer is a joyous occasion

Have you ever been in great pain or troubled about something? Where do you look for help? Christian Scientists, like other Christians, turn to God, and they do so with the absolute conviction that "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." Gen. This being so, we do not really need to ask Him to do anything, for He has already done all things well. Then, why pray to God at all, one might ask?

Praying does help us to understand God better and to see what He has already done. In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy explains, "It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony." Science and Health, p. 390. So when ever things seem to need correction, our necessity is to understand God more intelligently and scientifically. Praying helps us to do this. When discord of any nature tries to disturb us, whether sickness or sin, we can pray to God to help us understand Him better and to rejoice in all the good we know He has done and is always doing. In this way we feel His love, His peace, and all His goodness surrounding us, and the result is healing.

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