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THE POWER OF PRAYER

From the September 1951 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Christian peoples turn in world crises to the power of prayer. They depend in their Christian teaching upon God, the creator of man and the universe, to help mankind in their hour of trouble. They beseech Him with all the faith at their command to help and to save. They find much of comfort and deliverance through these hours of communion with the God they worship and revere.

To this body of Christian thought God's revelation of Christian Science to Mary Baker Eddy brings a comprehension of the impotence of evil by carrying the Christian acceptance of the all-power and all-presence of God to its ultimate conclusion: that since God is All and everywhere, evil can never be found as an entity in His universe. God is revealed as infinite Mind, filling the universe. There can be no place for evil within this wholly good divine Mind, nor any place for it outside of Mind, which is infinite. As darkness can find no place in light, so evil can find no footing within or outside of God, the All-in-all.

Then here is this distinction. Many Christian people pray against an evil which they believe to be a fearful reality. Christian Science, on the other hand, teaches men to pray with their highest understanding that God, infinite Mind, does not permit or even know evil; that evil has apparent power only as it is conceived, believed, and feared by the human, or mortal, mind. Material education declares the evidence of the material senses to be real and factual. Christian Science, basing prayer upon the omnipotence and omnipresence of God, who knows not evil, withdraws mental support from the claims of evil by denying them reality or power.

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