Christian Science textbook, large type edition, by Rolf
A. F. Witzsche
Science and Health with Key the Scriptures,
1 - - Prayer
Danger from audible prayer
The danger from prayer is that it may lead us into
temptation. By it we may become involuntary hypocrites, uttering
desires which are not real and consoling
ourselves in the midst of sin with the recollection
that we have prayed over it or mean to ask forgiveness
at some later day. Hypocrisy is fatal to religion.
A wordy prayer may afford a quiet sense of self-justification,
though it makes the sinner a hypocrite.
We never need to despair of an honest heart; but
there is little hope for those who come only spasmodically
face to face with their wickedness and then seek to
hide it. Their prayers are indexes which do not correspond
with their character. They hold secret fellowship with
sin, and such externals are spoken of by Jesus as "like
unto whited sepulchres . . . full . . . of all uncleanness."
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