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From the June 1961 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Instinctively one prays when he is in difficulty. In so doing, is he not indicating some semblance of belief in a higher power which he intuitively feels is present to help? Is he not responding to his real, spiritual nature, to belief in reality, to faith in the existence of God?

Some prayers are answered; some are not. Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health (p. 10): "Experience teaches us that we do not always receive the blessings we ask for in prayer. There is some misapprehension of the source and means of all goodness and blessedness, or we should certainly receive that for which we ask."

Christ Jesus taught us how to pray successfully, how to have our prayers always answered. He told his disciples that they were unable to heal the epileptic boy because of their unbelief. He said (Matt. 17: 20), "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." Here is the promise of power untold. The rule to unfold this power is indicated in Jesus' instruction, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" (Mark 11:24).

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