“Give us this day our daily bread” – Q&A #4

Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;

Question: What is meant by “famished affections”?

Answer: To be famished is to be very, very hungry, to the point we are weak, and maybe even starving to death. If we were to be famished for food, we would be begging, or doing anything we could, to get something to eat.

Affections are the fond feelings we have towards other people, animals, things, or experiences that we like or love. We have a desire for them. If we are famished in our affections, we are starved for what we most want, or love, or need. If spiritually alert, we turn to our Father-Mother God to feed these famished affections.

“The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish.” (Prov. 10:3)

“Are we benefited by praying? Yes, the desire which goes forth hungering after righteousness is
blessed of our Father, and it does not return unto us void.”  (S&H 2:4)

You may remember the Beatitude that tells us: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst
after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matt. 5:6)

The chapter on “Prayer” shows that we must learn what kind of desires God will bless. Not
everything we merely want is best for us. But a desire to know God’s truth, or grace, is always blessed:

“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Ps. 37:4)

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

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