Wednesday Readings: Persistent Prayer

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the March 2, 2011 Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, OH. After the readings, those attending the meeting are encouraged to share proofs of God's care.  All are lovingly invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday meetings at our church.

The Bible

2 Peter 1:10 brethren
brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

Matt. 7:7-8
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  

Luke 11:5-11,13
And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?  And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.  I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.  And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?  

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?  

II Sam. 22:4 (to :)
I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised:

I Chron. 4:9 Jabez (to :),10

Jabez was more honourable than his brethren:

And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.  

I Sam. 1:1 (to man), 1 and (to 3rd ,), 2,8-18,19 (to 3rd ,),20 (to 1st ,),20

Now there was a certain man

and his name was Elkanah,

And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.  

Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?  So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord.  And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.  And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no rasor come upon his head.  And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth.  Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.  And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.  And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.  Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.  Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.  And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight.  So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.  #And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned,

Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord.  

James 1:4 let

let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  

Gen. 31:3 1st the
the Lord said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.  

Gen. 32:1 (to ,),3 (to brother),6,7 (to :),9,11,22,23

And Jacob went on his way,

And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother

And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.  Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed:

And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:

Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.  

And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.  And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.  

Gen 32:24-30
And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.  And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.  And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.  And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.  And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.  And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.  And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.  

Ps. 34:1
I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  

Ps 51:1 (to mercies),6,10,12
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.  

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  

Rev 21:7
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  

Mark 8:17 (to Jesus)
And when Jesus

Mark 8:22-26 cometh

cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.  And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.  And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.  After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.  And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.  

John 16:19 (to 2nd ,),23 Verily,24
Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them,

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.  

Rev 3:20 (to :)
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

 

By Mary Baker Eddy
SH 4:17-22
 Simply asking that we may love God will never make us love Him; but the longing to be better and holier, expressed in daily watchfulness and in striving to assimilate more of the divine character, will mould and fashion us anew, until we awake in His likeness.

SH 224:22
  A higher and more practical Christianity, demonstrating justice and meeting the needs of mortals in sickness and in health, stands at the door of this age, knocking for admission.  Will you open or close the door upon this angel visitant, who cometh in the quiet of meekness, as he came of old to the patriarch at noonday?  

SH 567:3-6

These angels deliver us from the depths.  Truth and Love come nearer in the hour of woe, when strong faith or spiritual strength wrestles and prevails through the understanding of God.

SH 209:31-32
 Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God.

SH 1:6
Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation, are God's gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christianization and health of mankind.  

15:16-22
In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God's allness.  We must resolve to take up the cross, and go forth with honest hearts to work and watch for wisdom, Truth, and Love.  We must "pray without ceasing."  Such prayer is answered, in so far as we put our desires into practice.

SH 15:26-30
Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers.  Practice not profession, understanding not belief, gain the ear and right hand of omnipotence and they assuredly call down infinite blessings.

SH 13:10-12
If our petitions are sincere, we labor for what we ask; and our Father, who seeth in secret, will reward us openly.

SH 400:18
By lifting thought above error, or disease, and contending persistently for truth, you destroy error.  

SH 9:32

Consistent prayer is the desire to do right.  Prayer means that we desire to walk and will walk in the light so far as we receive it, even though with bleeding footsteps, and that waiting patiently on the Lord, we will leave our real desires to be rewarded by Him.  

SH 13:16
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.  

SH 1:11
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 in deeds.  

SH 396:26-30
Keep distinctly in thought that man is the offspring of God, not of man; that man is spiritual, not material; that Soul is Spirit, outside of matter, never in it, never giving the body life and sensation.

SH 241:24
We should strive to reach the Horeb height where God is revealed; and the corner-stone of all spiritual building is purity.  The baptism of Spirit, washing the body of all the impurities of flesh, signifies that the pure in heart see God and are approaching spiritual Life and its demonstration.  

SH 308:16
 Jacob was ^alone^, wrestling with error,--struggling with a mortal sense of life, substance, and intelligence as existent in matter with its false pleasures and pains,--when an angel, a message from Truth and Love, appeared to him and smote the sinew, or strength, of his error, till he saw its unreality; and Truth, being thereby understood, gave him spiritual strength in this Peniel of divine Science.  Then said the spiritual evangel: "Let me go, for the day breaketh;" that is, the light of Truth and Love dawns upon thee.  But the patriarch, perceiving his error and his need of help, did not loosen his hold upon this glorious light until his nature was transformed.  When Jacob was asked, "What is thy name?" he straightway answered; and then his name was changed to Israel, for "as a prince" had he prevailed and had "power with God and with men."  Then Jacob questioned his deliverer, "Tell me, I pray thee, ^thy^ name;" but this appellation was withheld, for the messenger was not a corporeal being, but a nameless, incorporeal impartation of divine Love to man, which, to use the word of the Psalmist, ^restored^ his Soul,--gave him the spiritual sense of being and rebuked his material sense.  

SH 309:7-12
The result of Jacob's struggle thus appeared.  He had conquered material error with the understanding of Spirit and of spiritual power.  This changed the man.  He was no longer called Jacob, but Israel,--a prince of God, or a soldier of God, who had fought a good fight.

SH 514:14-18
In the figurative transmission from the divine thought to the human, diligence, promptness, and perseverance are likened to "the cattle upon a thousand hills."  They carry the baggage of stern resolve, and keep pace with highest purpose.

SH 426:9-11

The struggle for Truth makes one strong instead of weak, resting instead of wearying one.

SH 4:3-5

  What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.

SH 395:3
They should plead in opposition to the testimony of the deceitful senses, and maintain man's immortality and eternal likeness to God.  

SH 454:22
Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept.  Patience must "have her perfect work."

SH 273:29-3

  Science shows that material, conflicting mortal opinions and beliefs emit the effects of error at all times, but this atmosphere of mortal mind cannot be destructive to morals and health when it is opposed promptly and persistently by Christian Science.  Truth and Love antidote this mental miasma, and thus invigorate and sustain existence.

SH 496:15
Hold perpetually this thought,--that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being.  

SH 423:8
The Christian Scientist, understanding scientifically that all is Mind, commences with mental causation, the truth of being, to destroy the error.  This corrective is an alterative, reaching to every part of the human system.  According to Scripture, it searches "the joints and marrow," and it restores the harmony of man.  

SH 422:5
If the reader of this book observes a great stir throughout his whole system, and certain moral and physical symptoms seem aggravated, these indications are favorable.  Continue to read, and the book will become the physician, allaying the tremor which Truth often brings to error when destroying it.  

SH 446:9
Perseverance in the perusal of the book has generally completely healed such cases.  

SH 45:16
Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts!  Christ hath rolled away the stone from the door of human hope and faith, and through the revelation and demonstration of life in God, hath elevated them to possible at-one-ment with the spiritual idea of man and his divine Principle, Love.  

SH 10:15

Spiritual attainments open the door to a higher understanding of the divine Life.  

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