“In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God’s allness. We must resolve to take up the cross, and go forth with honest hearts to work and watch for wisdom, Truth, and Love.” (Science and Health, p. 15)
Here is a description of true prayer—one that begins with our hearts, gains inspiration in thought, and is carried forward into life.
Cherish the quiet sanctuary. It’s where we commune with God. It begins with that earnest longing—a sincere desire to see more clearly, live more honestly, feel God’s presence and trust His care. In this space of prayer, we must make it about God and not our troubles. As we acknowledge and adore God’s allness, the mistaken views of separation, sin, shame, guilt, and fear dissolve. We are truly with God, good, alone, and in this we are at one with Truth.
And we can remember that this Truth continues with us as we go forth into the world. Distractions and discouragement may want to enter in, but we can resolve to take up that cross—choose to continue to believe and be loyal to what we felt in that sweet sanctuary. We can remain faithful and watchful. We can work with a devotion to our cause, taking each moment as it comes, with new insights. And we can eagerly return to our sanctuary every time we need guidance, comfort, and motivation to face the new day.
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