To ‘pray without ceasing’

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which is the textbook of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy says, “We must ‘pray without ceasing’ ” (p. 15 ). She is quoting Saint Paul from his letter to the Thessalonians. Paul was giving the members of the young church some rules for life. He says, in part: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:16–18 ). 

Paul was helping the early Christians to follow more closely the teachings of Jesus and to live lives devoted to Spirit rather than material existence. Mrs. Eddy enlarges on this in her writings to followers of Christ’s teachings, saying, “Cherish humility, ‘watch,’ and ‘pray without ceasing,’ or you will miss the way of Truth and Love” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 356 ). 

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