“Pray Without Ceasing”
by Mary Beth Singleterry
When I first came to Plainfield Church, I was truly amazed to learn how important it is to pray about everything. A simple decision like, “Should we see a movie tonight?” was taken to God in prayer. When a house went up for sale in the neighborhood, we were taught to pray, so a good, responsible person would move in. I realized I had been sailing along, praying very little, and wondering why things never worked out.
It was wonderful to see the results of all this praying. If God had directed us to see a movie, it was always a blessing; no long lines, no sad endings. And what about that new neighbor who moved in next door? He was a blessing as well! The verse from the Bible, “Pray without ceasing,” became not some impossible task, but instead, a very practical and wonderful way of life.
Prayer does amazing things. It brings about a humble state of mind, because it is saying, “Father, I cannot take care of this without Your help, and with You all things are possible.” When a person turns to God in humility, this opens wide the doors for him to hear God’s voice and loving counsel. God’s word might come as a strong, comforting statement of Truth. “You are My child, and I love you!” Or it might come as a word of instruction. Prayer brings peace and an absolute confidence that God is in control of the situation. This always results in healing.
Mrs. Eddy states in Science and Health, “To enter into the heart of prayer . . . Lips must be mute and materialism silent, that man may have audience with Spirit, the divine Principle, Love, which destroys all error.” The fact that each one of us has the privilege to “enter into the heart of prayer” and have “audience with Spirit” is nothing less than awesome!! Let prayer “without ceasing” become a way of life.You, too, will be amazed at the wonderful results!