Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.
Question: Why is it important that we obey God’s will?
Answer: If you have studied the lessons on the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus, you already know that God’s laws protect us and lift us out of material thinking. We also want to
add communion with God in prayer to our daily life. Some people think it is enough just to pray; others feel it is fine just to follow God’s rules. But we must do both on a regular basis. Here’s why:
“Prayer cannot change the unalterable Truth, nor can prayer alone give us an understanding of Truth; but prayer, coupled with a fervent habitual desire to know and do the will of God, will
bring us into all Truth. Such a desire has little need of audible expression. It is best expressed in thought and in life.” (S&H 11:27)
“Audible prayer can never do the works of spiritual understanding, which regenerates; but silent prayer, watchfulness, and devout obedience enable us to follow Jesus’ example.” (S&H 4:27-30)
“God is the fountain of light, and He illumines one’s way when one is obedient. The disobedient make their moves before God makes His, or make them too late to follow Him. Be sure that God directs your way; then, hasten to follow under every circumstance.” (Mis. 117)
Our prayers and our obedience to God will be a shield of armor to protect us, as well as being a perfect guide in our journey through life.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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