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Praying ‘out of the angel’s hand’

From the August 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal


In the Bible, the book of Revelation says, “The smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand” (8:4). To me, “out of the angel’s hand” is one of the most beautiful scriptural descriptions of how to pray. 

Mary Baker Eddy defines angels, in part, as “spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 581). And so our prayers must be in the hands of an angel—always ascending prayers. Praying to experience God’s ever-present allness, we don’t pray from a standpoint of need or lack. This disperses the mist of ignorance, bringing forth the view of perfection that has always been the reality.

Prayer is the mental activity that opens the door to communication from God. To pray is to listen deeply and humbly, to be receptive to the voice of God. Prayer means being still, affirming and bearing witness to divine Mind’s ideas.  

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