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God answers prayer 

Have you ever asked God for some thing? We probably all have or at least in our heart’s desire wished for some thing.

I’ve found that when I ask for something in particular, what I really need is the understanding that God has already made you and me spiritually, perfectly, complete, free from sin or suffering. My prayer wakes me up to this fact. I gain a conscious awareness, a divine communion, with the spiritual facts of being. The underlying spiritual substance, if you will.

Christ comes to awaken us to see and know how God sees and knows. This is a moment by moment awakening and comes through deep consecration and communion with God — putting off the old self and ways and putting on the new self made in the image and glory of God. This selfhood radiates, shines and reflects the goodness, nature, beauty, poise, and power of God. It is humble, kind, and meek. It doesn’t hurt or tarnish.

So when you ask God for something, as I have, you may not always get the thing you asked for — the relationship, the house, the job. I remember two different times when I asked God for a specific thing — to marry my boyfriend and to move to a particular location. Neither worked out. Why?

Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds.1

My desires needed to be molded and exalted. I needed to see the substance of what I needed was actually spiritual — love and peace — which I thought would come from these two particular things: my boyfriend and this one place.

when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you…your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!2

God already knows what we need, so God doesn’t necessarily need to be reminded. We are benefited by study and prayer because we become more aware of God’s perfection and goodness through the inspiration we receive, so we can trust and remind ourselves that God is already maintaining, sustaining us with all we need, and loving us.

Sometimes we need help to awaken to this consciousness, so that we can experience health, steady supply, purpose, and better relationships. We can ask for someone to pray with us, a friend, Pastor, or church community. When receptive hearts come together to listen for what God sees and does, blessings unfold.

1 Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 1
2 Matthew 6:6, 8 New Living Translation

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Inspiration from Bible text

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”… God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.

Genesis 1:27, 28, 31 NRSV

This Bible text has new meaning for me this week. There is the literal interpretation of the text “be fruitful and multiply” meaning to procreate. But what about if we can’t procreate, if we are beyond our child-bearing years or we just don’t want children? Does the text not apply? How about if we look at the text from a spiritual interpretation?

“Be fruitful” can signify fertility, but it can also have a larger meaning. Be useful. Be effective. Be constructive. Be worthwhile. Be helpful. Be beneficial. Be rewarding. Live a life that is well-spent. God is calling us to be productive, valuable, and rewarding.

This doesn’t mean be busy bodies.

Rushing around smartly is no proof of accomplishing much.*

It’s really about acknowledging the productivity that is already part of your day. It is already established. We are just awake and responding to it.

Success in life depends upon persistent effort, upon the improvement of moments more than upon any other one thing…If one would be successful in the future, let him make the most of the present.*

This reminds me of a time when I was seeking additional employment. I was looking for more expansive ways to use my talents as well as for additional financial income for my family.

I wrote down a list of all the spiritual qualities I felt I expressed naturally. Some of these included creativity, discipline, organization, attention to detail, energy, activity, love of community, etc. You could say I was writing a spiritual resume and becoming more aware of my spiritual identity. I called a friend who lived in another state and inquired if she knew of anyone hiring within our church organization. She informed she did know of someone, and they had just brought up my name as a possibility. When she sent me the job description, it included all of the qualities I had listed on my spiritual resume. I knew it would be a perfect fit. I interviewed for the job and was able to work remotely from my home. I started just a few weeks later. This work continued to be a blessing over the next few years.

The last part of the Bible text states that God saw everything he made and it was “very good”. This “very good” text is particularly noteworthy. Good  means beneficial and useful. So, we are beneficial and useful to God, and we are beneficial and useful to the needs of society today.

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This is a poster I passed by one day. Credit belongs to someone besides me. 

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Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings, p. 230

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A simple sharing 

We all have much to share and give. We each are special to our Father Mother God, who is loving and embracing us always.

How do we use these gifts and talents? Knowing that we can not be deprived of an opportunity to give is a good starting place. Infinite Mind, the Mind that is within us and speaking to us, is awakening us to ways to shine; awakening us to our divine inheritance that enables us to give and shine.

What about when it seems like we have too much that we need to receive to be able to think about giving? The hypnotic thoughts of lack prevent us from seeing that we have what we need each moment. We don’t need to be afraid and imagine a future where we run out. 

Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.*

As we realize and acknowledge that we can not be separated from divine Life, Truth and Love we will be sustained.  We can’t stay captivated by lack and fear. 

Giving can not deplete us. We all have the divine privilege to give and to experince the joy and satisfaction that comes from sharing our God-given talents with the world. 

What are some ways we can give right where we are? Praying for our neighbors around the world, being supportive to friends, holding a door open, giving a smile and a hug. Expressing gratitude and joy makes us feel the divine richness that it ours and brings positive changes.

So, go ahead and give! It will brighten your (and someone else’s) day!
YOU ARE LOVED. CHERISHED. VALUED. VALUABLE.  

*Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures