Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
1:1The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are 3possible to God, — a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love. Regardless of what another may say or think on this subject, I speak from experience. 6Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-im‐molation, are God’s gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christian‐9ization and health of mankind.
Thoughts unspoken are not unknown to the divine Mind. Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from 12trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds.
2:1 What are the motives for prayer? Do we pray to make ourselves better or to benefit those who hear us, 3Right motivesto enlighten the infinite or to be heard of men? Are we benefited by praying? Yes, the desire which goes forth hungering after righteous‐6ness is blessed of our Father, and it does not return unto us void.
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 unchang‐ing wisdom and Love. We can do more for 12ourselves by humble fervent petitions, but the All-lov‐ing does not grant them simply on the ground of lip-service, for He already knows all.