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"Thy will be done"

From the September 12, 1925 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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In the spiritual interpretation of the line, "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven," from the Lord's Prayer, Mrs. Eddy has written in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 16, 17), "Enable us to know,—as in heaven, so on earth,—God is omnipotent, supreme." She also says (p. 3), "We admit theoretically that God is good, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinite, and then we try to give information to this infinite Mind." In the first reference we have a clear exposition of the spiritually scientific view of prayer; in the second, the false nature of the human concept of prayer is pointed out. The realization that God is omnipotent, ever expressing His divine will, brings thought into harmony with His law, and corrects the errors of human belief with the truth of being, thus healing and saving mankind. On the other hand, the effort to inform God of that which we desire humanly, and to plead for its manifestation, is to "ask amiss."

We sometimes seem to fail in demonstration because we endeavor "to give information to this infinite Mind." We should not attempt to outline the course of divine justice and mercy, but learn instead to recognize God's ever operative law. We should recognize the blessing of ever present Love, instead of endeavoring to bring about a change in our affairs or environment through the belief in human will. Human will, which is the supposititious antipode of the divine will, insists that man can be separated from God; but the understanding of the divine all-power silences mortal will and demonstrates man's perfect unity with God.

Human will stands for all that is opposed to the divine Mind. Every material belief is the offspring of this so-called will. It was the belief in human will that led the prodigal son to leave his father's house. It was human will that seemed to deprive him of his substance and heritage, and took him into the illusive, deceptive paths of mortal error until he sank into companionship with swine. Then, when the undesirability, yes, the nothingness of the belief in a life apart from God was seen, he came to himself and arose from his material sense of life and pleasure. Was not the desire to become as one of his father's servants the humble recognition of the necessity for obedience to the divine will? And this recognition awakened him to his privileges as a son. On the other hand, the willful self-righteousness of the elder brother was rebuked, and the blessings of obedience clearly pointed out in the father's words, "Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine."

It is imperative at the present hour to examine thought carefully in order to learn whether it is human will or the divine will that is governing us. Human will can easily be recognized by its fruit; for it turns mankind ever toward material sense, and is manifest in self-righteousness, self-justification, and self-gratification. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

Mrs. Eddy says, "The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God's will must be universally done" (Science and Health, p. 202). Here is expounded an imperative spiritual law. This law is not the cold decree of a merciless power, but the loving law of the parent Mind, which embraces its own idea, meeting and destroying the belief in condemnation, and leading the humbled thought to conscious at-one-ment with the Father, rejoicing in humanity's redemption from sin and sickness. The first step in obedience is to recognize the spiritual fact of man's at-one-ment with God; but this must be followed by the demonstration of its practical power to heal and save. The supremacy of God, good, is easily recognized when thought is lifted above mortal belief into the atmosphere of Soul. When we are consciously governed by divine Principle, we clearly recognize the omnipotence of good; but when thought seems surrounded by belief in the reality of matter, when sense-testimony is clamoring loudly for recognition, then may we pray fervently, "Enable us to know,—as in heaven, so on earth,—God is omnipotent, supreme."

God's presence is available in the most trying circumstances; and the lessons of divine Love are awaiting us even in the darkest hour of trial. Truth becomes clearer as we gain glimpses of the omnipotence of God, good, of ever present Love, destroying the belief in the reality of matter. Thus we learn in adverse circumstances to still the desire to flee from our environment, and to correct the material thoughts which are endeavoring to becloud our vision of God's all-power. Then are revealed to us the new heaven and the new earth of John's vision, and we behold heaven come down to earth, and sin, sickness, and death destroyed.

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