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A great sacrifice of material things must precede this
advanced spiritual understanding. The highest prayer
is not one of faith merely; it is
demonstration. Such prayer heals sickness, and must
destroy sin and death. It distinguishes between Truth
that is sinless and the falsity of sinful sense.
(The prayer of Jesus Christ)
Our Master taught his disciples one brief prayer,
which we name after him the Lord's Prayer. Our Master
said, "After this manner therefore pray
ye," and then he gave that prayer which
covers all human needs. There is indeed some doubt
among Bible scholars, whether the last line is not an
addition to the prayer by a later copyist; but this does
not affect the meaning of the prayer itself.
In the phrase, "Deliver us from evil," the original
properly reads, "Deliver us from the evil one." This
reading strengthens our scientific apprehension of the petition,
for Christian Science teaches us that "the evil one," or
one evil, is but another name for the first lie and all liars.
Only as we rise above all material sensuousness and
sin, can we reach the heaven-born aspiration and spiritual
consciousness, which is indicated in the Lord's
Prayer and which instantaneously heals the sick.
( - The Lord's Prayer -)
Here let me give what I understand to be the spiritual
sense of the Lord's Prayer:
Our Father which art in heaven,
Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.