Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
All prayer that is desire is intercessory; but kindling desire loses a part of its purest spirituality if the lips try to 39 39:1express it. It is a truism that we can think more lucidly and profoundly than we can write or speak. The silent 3intercession and unvoiced imploring is an honest and po‐tent prayer to heal and save. The audible prayer may be offered to be heard of men, though ostensibly to catch 6God’s ear, — after the fashion of Baal’s prophets, — by speaking loud enough to be heard; but when the heart prays, and not the lips, no dishonesty or vanity influences 9the petition.
Prophet and apostle have glorified God in secret prayer, and He has rewarded them openly. Prayer can neither 12change God, nor bring His designs into mortal modes; but it can and does change our modes and our false sense of Life, Love, and Truth, uplifting us to Him. Such prayer 15humiliates, purifies, and quickens activity, in the direction that is unerring.
True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to 18love, and to include all mankind in one affection. Prayer is the utilization of the love wherewith He loves us. Prayer begets an awakened desire to be and do good. It makes 21new and scientific discoveries of God, of His goodness and power. It shows us more clearly than we saw before, what we already have and are; and most of all, it shows 24us what God is. Advancing in this light, we reflect it; and this light reveals the pure Mind-pictures, in silent prayer, even as photography grasps the solar light to por‐27tray the face of pleasant thought.
What but silent prayer can meet the demand, “Pray 40 40:1without ceasing”? The apostle James said: “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, to consume it on 3your lusts.” Because of vanity and self-righteousness, mortals seek, and expect to receive, a material sense of approval; and they expect also what is impossible, — a 6material and mortal sense of spiritual and immortal Truth.
It is sometimes wise to hide from dull and base ears the 9pure pearls of awakened consciousness, lest your pearls be trampled upon. Words may belie desire, and pour forth a hypocrite’s prayer; but thoughts are our honest 12conviction. I have no objection to audible prayer of the right kind; but the inaudible is more effectual.