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What’s driving your prayers?

From the December 2015 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Are you stumped by a problem and wondering why the answer continually eludes you? Working out the solution may involve an adjustment in method. 

The Bible story of a fishing expedition recounted inJohn 21, verses 1–14, illustrates this point. Briefly, seven of Christ Jesus’ closest students decided to go fishing one night shortly after the resurrection. Although they gave a good effort to find fish by dropping and pulling up their nets all night, they came up with nothing. Then came the morning light. Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples didn’t know it was him. Jesus spoke to these humble fishermen, men whom he’d taught and who had a desire to continue his healing ministry, asking if they had any fish. They replied, “No.” He then suggested that they fish from the other side of the boat, “the right side.” There they had immediate success—so many fish, they struggled to haul their catch to shore!

Something had clearly shifted. Hadn’t they experienced this kind of thing in their association with Jesus? Health suddenly appearing where disease was rampant; food in abundance where supplies were short; life restored where the end had seemed final—these were the works of their beloved Master and Teacher. Suddenly, these disciples again recognized Jesus and the power of the Christ. 

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