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: Does man have the right and the freedom to govern himself?
Answer: Man is certainly free and able to resist the false government of mortal mind. But what about God’s government? Here is what Mary Baker Eddy says:
“Like our nation, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence. God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.”
What keeps us from being aware of God’s government? It is when we believe that mortal mind can do a better job!
“Instead of relying on the Principle of all that really exists, — to govern His own creation, — self-conceit, ignorance, and pride would regulate God’s action. Experience shows that humility is the
first step in Christian Science, wherein all is controlled, not by man or laws material, but by wisdom, Truth, and Love.” (Mis. 354:20)
Notice that humility is our first step. We have to be willing to let go of pride, and let God govern. This brings His power and protection into our lives. Do not let mortal mind talk you out of God’s way!
“When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible.” (S&H 180:25-27)
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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