“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” – Q&A #14

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: How can God be “omnipotent,” when evil also seems real and powerful?

Answer: Evil seems real only to the physical senses. But to spiritual sense, God alone is real
and powerful. When we affirm in the Lord’s Prayer that God’s “will be done,” that is one way of
commanding that the will of evil not be done.

However, it is good to make that denial of evil very specific in our daily prayer, or when we are faced with error of any sort during our day. Mary Baker Eddy tells us that when we pray, “we must deny sin and plead God’s allness.” (S&H 15:18) The entire Lord’s Prayer does just this!

Here are some citations to study that we can use when denying the reality of evil:

“Every mortal must learn that there is neither power nor reality in evil. . . . The only power of evil is to destroy itself. It can never destroy one iota of good.” (S&H 186:15-20)

“Evil is nothing, no thing, mind, nor power. As manifested by mankind it stands for a lie, nothing claiming to be something.” (S&H 330:27-29)

“That evil or matter has neither intelligence nor power, is the doctrine of absolute Christian Science, and this is the great truth which strips all disguise from error.” (S&H 454:11)

“Every mortal at some period, here or hereafter, must grapple with and overcome the mortal belief in a power opposed to God.” (S&H 569:3)

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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Thy Will #14

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