Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Listening to God

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Listening to God

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IF someone we respect offers us advice, we're likely to pay close attention. Do we also listen to God that way? Perhaps we thought He wasn't speaking to us. Actually, God is always expressing intelligence and wisdom universally. As we acknowledge this, we find ourselves listening more attentively and expectantly for God's guidance. We pay less attention to the opinions and circumstances that picture us as separated from God, outside of His care and control. And we find that He is speaking to us, is directing us, right now. When problems dominate our thinking, our attitude may be like that of a person who prays by telling God all about his troubles. But this isn't the attitude Christ Jesus taught us to adopt when we pray. He said, as Matthew's Gospel tells us, "Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him" (6:8). The first chapter, "Prayer," in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, helps us to understand prayer as Jesus taught it. We don't have to get God's attention or explain our problems to Him. In Science and Health the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science points out: "The `divine ear' is not an auditory nerve. It is the all-hearing and all-knowing Mind, to whom each need of man is always known and by whom it will be supplied" (p. 7). What God, divine Mind, knows is not our problems but our spiritual nature and perfection as His children. God knows the harmony He has established and always maintains, and as we humbly listen to Him we hear the thoughts that bring our thinking and our experience more in line with God's direction. A challenge I faced during my first weeks on a new job illustrates this. The workload seemed very heavy. I was working well into the evening nearly every day. One night, after about three weeks of this, I was distraught about the apparently unrelenting burden I was carrying. I began to pray, acknowledging that God governed my living and working. …
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