“Give us this day our daily bread” – Q&A #16

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

Question: How does Christian Science help provide our “daily bread”?

Answer: Mary Baker Eddy wisely provided instructions for the followers of Christian Science that would enable them to be fed daily. We have the Daily Bible Lesson, which is also read
at Sunday Services, and discussed in Sunday School classes. A Concordance study of our textbook will also show that we are expected to maintain daily watchfulness.

But we also have some special rules in the Church Manual, which are sometimes referred to as the “three daily duties.” Even those who are not church members can see that obedience to these rules would provide daily spiritual refreshment and protection from the “poisons” and “junk foods” of mortal beliefs. These rules can be found on pages 40 and 41, and are
titled “A Rule for Motives and Acts,” “Daily Prayer,” and “Alertness to Duty.” For example,
here is the Daily Prayer:

“It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to pray each day: ‘Thy kingdom come;’ let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!” (Man. 41:19)

Do you see how the Daily Prayer is another version of the Lord’s Prayer? In Christian Science, we are taught to pray with these ideas daily, to strongly affirm them with understanding, and not just to wait until we are in church, or in trouble, to seek grace and truth from our Father.

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

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Bread #16


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