When praying, leave the answer to God

An important first step in asking God to help us in some manner is to be truly willing to take the issue to our Father-Mother God and then listen, rather than outline the desired result. God doesn’t take orders from man, a point Mary Baker Eddy makes in her definition of Mind (one of the seven synonyms she uses for God), which reads in part: “Deity, which outlines but is not outlined” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 591).

The foundational element of effective prayer is a deep and abiding faith in the allness and goodness of God, with no taint of outlining a specific outcome through human will. To surrender to God’s will, not our own, based on an acknowledgment that His wisdom and intentions for us are far superior to anything we could possibly know or want, allows for an unlimited and fulfilling outcome. 

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