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    God is not moved by the breath of praise to do more 9than He has already done, nor can the infinite do less Deity unchangeablethan bestow all good, since He is unchanging wisdom and Love. We can do more for 12ourselves by humble fervent petitions, but the All-loving does not grant them simply on the ground of lip-service, for He already knows all.

15    Prayer cannot change the Science of being, but it tends to bring us into harmony with it. Goodness attains the demonstration of Truth. A request that 18God will save us is not all that is required. The mere habit of pleading with the divine Mind, as one pleads with a human being, perpetuates the belief in God as 21humanly circumscribed, — an error which impedes spiritual growth.

    God is Love. Can we ask Him to be more? God is 24intelligence. Can we inform the infinite Mind of anyGod’s standardthing He does not already comprehend? Do we expect to change perfection? Shall 27we plead for more at the open fount, which is pouring forth more than we accept? The unspoken desire does bring us nearer the source of all existence and 30blessedness.

    Asking God to be God is a vain repetition. God is “the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever;” and 3 3:1He who is immutably right will do right without being reminded of His province. The wisdom of man is not 3sufficient to warrant him in advising God.

    Who would stand before a blackboard, and pray the principle of mathematics to solve the problem? The 6The spiritual mathematicsrule is already established, and it is our task to work out the solution. Shall we ask the divine Principle of all goodness to do His own 9work? His work is done, and we have only to avail ourselves of God’s rule in order to receive His blessing, which enables us to work out our own salvation.

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