Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
Question: Can we really have faith that God knows about our deepest desires?
Answer: God always knows what our needs are because He has already given them to us. But humans must have faith in God, and grow into an understanding of this. They must learn that what we think we need may not come in the form we have outlined, or wished for.
Mary Baker Eddy writes:
“Thoughts unspoken are not unknown to the divine Mind. Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and deeds.” (S&H 1:10)
“Rest assured that He in whom dwelleth all life, health, and holiness, will supply all your needs
according to His riches in glory.” (My. 186:13)
“Even if prayer is sincere, God knows our need before we tell Him or our fellow-beings about it. If we cherish the desire honestly and silently and humbly, God will bless it, and we shall incur less risk of overwhelming our real wishes with a torrent of words.” (S&H 13:14)
When we pray “feed the famished affections,” we must have faith that God has already
answered our prayer. Divine Life takes care of His creation always, and will not let us down. We may have to wait patiently, but at the right time, we will see that we have what we need. As Mrs. Eddy has promised: “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.” (S&H 494:10-11)
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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