Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
Question: Will God give us all that we hunger for?
Answer: People may wish for many things they feel they do not have — money, beauty,
popularity, success, fame, family, good grades, talent, or health. What they may not realize
is that they are actually hungry for Life, Truth, and Love. They may think material things or
activities will ease the pain of their lack. But only God’s gift of grace will truly satisfy. So, why
not label our desires correctly, and see that we can only be famished for God’s grace?
“What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience,
meekness, love, and good deeds.” (S&H 4:3-5)
“Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Col. 3:2)
“Dost thou ‘love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind’?
This command includes much, even the surrender of all merely material sensation, affection, and
worship.” (S&H 9:17-21)
“As God is substance and man is the divine image and likeness, man should wish for, and in reality has, only the substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not matter.” (S&H 301:17-20)
We must put our love for God and His spiritual nature above all else. We must sincerely pray
for more grace and Truth. Then we know that God will give us what we hunger for, because
He loves us.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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