The value of persistent prayer

In the Bible, Solomon tells us to observe ants if we would be wise. Some modern-day ants helped prove this.

Sometimes when we are beset by trouble or challenging conditions we are tempted to believe that our problem may be without a solution. We may be so upset or confused by the situation that we don't even think of praying. We may forget that God, our Father-Mother, is in control; that we can never be separated from the kingdom of God, which, Jesus said, "is within you." See Luke 17:21.

This statement is referred to by Mrs. Eddy, a devoted follower of Christ Jesus and the author of Science and Health, which explains the spiritual law that underlies New Testament healing. She writes, "This kingdom of God 'is within you,'—is within reach of man's consciousness here, and the spiritual idea reveals it" Science and Health, p. 576. Our need, then, is for increased spiritual understanding, that we may recognize the ever-presence of this spiritual idea—the presence and power of Christ, Truth, which saves, directs, and heals. Whether we have a problem with relationships, fear, sickness, or sin, we can trust that it will yield when we face it with unwavering declarations of spiritual truth.

The Bible teaches many important lessons. When these lessons are spiritually understood, we can apply them to heal or to solve our problems. Recently the spiritual meaning of a proverb of Solomon's was brought home to me. It says, "Go to the ant ... consider her ways, and be wise." Prov. 6:6.

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