Praying with confidence

One of the things that I love and treasure about Christian Science is the way it has taught me to pray confidently and effectively. I used to think that the way to pray was always by petition —pleading with God to do something for me or someone, or to undo something for me or someone; pleading to see that I received something I wanted badly. Sometimes I would even bargain with God—"If You will only do this, dear Father, I will stop doing that, and so forth." And I never really knew whether He had heard me or whether He would even want to help me, but I was hoping against hope that He had and would. Through my study of Christian Science I have learned to pray not only by petition but also by affirmation.

God is Spirit, our Father-Mother; therefore by understanding ourselves as His spiritual offspring we can affirm our true heritage of perfection and thus our freedom from accident or illness. I had an experience that proved this to be so.

July 1, 1985

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