Are we shutting the door on discouragement?

Sometimes we may try very hard to heal a problem through prayer but with no apparent results. We may think we have done everything we could do, begin to doubt the power of God's law, and thus feel discouraged.

However, if we don't solve a problem in mathematics, do we wonder about the rules of mathematics? Instead, don't we realize that somehow we have not fully utilized the laws of mathematics? Then we search for our mistake, correct it through the proper application of those laws, and thereby solve the problem.

Sometimes when working to resolve a problem in prayer, we may declare the truth and yet not go far enough in our steadfast adherence to the laws of God. Christ Jesus told us how far we must go when he said, "When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly" (Matt. 6:6).

"Here am I"
September 11, 1995

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