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From the June 1949 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Prayer, the deep and true desire of the heart, is always answered. Only mortal sense would seem to argue to the contrary, for mortal sense outlines the fulfillment of desire in terms of materiality, which is illusion. Such fulfillment being illusion, the desire for it is doomed to disappointment. Either the desired materiality does not seem to appear at all or, seeming to appear, it necessarily turns out to be the phantom it is, devoid of all substance. It never was, nor is, nor will be the object of true desire, for, in truth, materiality does not exist.

Meanwhile and forever, divine Love, God, is specifically outlining perfect evidence of Love's total presence. To see this evidence is the object of prayer. Since spiritual sense sees it and is all that can see it, the successful cultivation of spiritual sense is synonymous with answered prayer. Spiritual sense is cultivated by simple, though resolute, desire for it. There is no such thing as unfulfilled spiritual desire; hence no such thing as unanswered prayer.

In the understanding of this there is no room for frustration, self-condemnation, the sense of inadequacy or self-pity, for there is nothing sought that can remain unachieved. Prayer does not outline; God alone does that. Prayer brings thought into unity with God, divine Mind, the only source of true thought. In this unity there is awareness of creation as God conceives it.

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