Valuing our prayer

Take a stand against the mental distractions that divert you from effective prayer.

After a busy and happy Sunday, I sat down to spend some of the evening in prayer. I had in my lap the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, intending to study a few paragraphs to encourage my prayer. After reading a couple of lines, I thought of the guest who had visited our home earlier in the day. I read another sentence and then considered a couple of household projects I was planning. I prayed for a moment, affirming the goodness and presence of God, then thought for a while about the puppy we had recently added to our family.

After going along in this manner for several minutes, I was rebuked by an arresting thought. It seemed to come from God, and it abruptly changed my approach to prayer. The idea was this: the value of truth is supreme.

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