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A prayer checklist

From the May 2024 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The apostle Paul’s admonition “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17) is one of a list of prayer counsels I’ve come to call my prayer checklist. Unceasing prayer can seem impossible with everything else one has to do. Nonetheless, it is doable. While no one can keep his nose in the Bible 24/7, we can still cherish the thoughts God gives us in our prayer and not let them “go in one ear and out the other,” as the saying goes. 

God’s thoughts—His angels—are powerful, provable spiritual truths of His infinite presence and power. When followed faithfully, they actively govern every detail of our experience.

This was made clear to me right when and where I needed it, on one of those so-much-to-do days involving an hour commute into New York City, then all-day appointments and meetings in preparation for an upcoming business trip with my husband to another country. It was to be a big and important day, but at 6:00 a.m. I awoke feeling sicker than I’d ever felt in my life—pain in every part of my body, and being so weak I couldn’t get up or do any of those things I needed to do. 

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