Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Preparing with Prayer

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Preparing with Prayer

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IT seems that so much of our life depends on how prepared we are for the tasks or situations that face us. It's probably safe to say that preparation is really practice in disguise. The more we prepare for things, the more we are practicing--that is, putting into use--what we're learning. Many times we feel unprepared for what's ahead. But there's a kind of preparation that can help us get ready more effectively-- whether it's an examination, a game, a recital, or life that we face! All of our preparation, or practice, can be more fruitful if we begin with prayer. Gaining a clearer understanding of God, good, naturally prepares us to combat inharmony. In prayer we can learn how to base our understanding on Spirit, God, rather than on matter. This makes our efforts more effective because our thoughts are moving in the right direction. Preparation begins with prayer, and goes forward when we act in accord with our prayer. Christ Jesus often went to the mountains to pray--to refresh himself spiritually. He was always ready to meet whatever challenges confronted him. His time in the mountains was spent in communing with God, confirming his relationship with Him. This spiritual understanding enabled Jesus to heal the blind, deaf, lame, and others who came to him. He showed us in concrete terms the power behind the Psalmist's words "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalms 46:1). We, too, can commune with God and put into practice what we learn. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, urges in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "We must `pray without ceasing.' Such prayer is answered, in so far as we put our desires into practice. The Master's injunction is, that we pray in secret and let our lives attest our sincerity" (p. …
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