“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” – Q&A #15

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 “human will” wrong?

Answer: Mary Baker Eddy writes: “Experience teaches us that we do not always receive the
blessings we ask for in prayer.” (S&H 10:22-23)
One of the lessons we need to learn is that we must give up the desires that do not agree with God’s laws or His plan for us. We may not easily
know what these are. This is where daily prayer and communion come in. We need to develop the humility to listen to God. Otherwise, human will can take over, and that will lead to trouble!

“Mortals obey their own wills, and so disobey the divine order.” (Mis. 208:15)

“Will, as a quality of so-called mortal mind, is a wrong-doer; hence it should not be confounded with the term as applied to Mind or to one of God’s qualities.” (S&H 597:24)

“Human will-power is not Science. Human will belongs to the so-called material senses, and its use is to be condemned.” (S&H 144:14-16)

“In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adament of error, — self-will, self-justification, and self-love, — which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death.” (S&H 242:15)

Do you see that there is a difference between God’s will and human will? That is why we pray to know what God’s will is, and to trust that it is always the right way to go.

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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 #15



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