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Punctuality and prayer
A teacher once told her class, "If you arrive early, you are wasting your time. If you arrive late, you are wasting my time." I worked hard every day of her class to arrive exactly on time. And it was a struggle! Some excuse arose each day for tardiness. The alarm clock didn't go off and I overslept. The car wouldn't start. The traffic was heavier than usual. The etcetras went on for the duration. But I was committed to get there not only on time, but exactly on time, each day. So consequently, "come hell or high water" (and I faced both), I was there on time.
Little did I know, but I was actually learning something about the fundamental law of punctuality, a spiritual attribute of the omniscient and omniactive Mind that is God. The divine law of punctuality is that divine Good is everpresent and eternally engaged. It is never a second too early or a moment too late.
And here is how the law of punctuality relates to prayer. Imagine someone calls and asks you for help. Except for the law of punctuality, you might think that you have to search for an inspiration from 10 days ago, 10 hours ago or even 10 minutes ago, in order to respond to the need in your prayers. But no! You don't have to waste time in the search. Inspiration does not arrive too early to be immediately accessible.
God's thoughts, his angels, are punctual. Where you are at the moment in your prayer is exactly where you need to be to help and heal. Opening your eyes and your heart to the angel of the moment will give you the comforting words and the powerful healing thoughts to meet the need in that very instant.
Now, imagine again that someone calls and asks you for help. Except for the law of punctuality, you might think that you have been so busy with other things that you aren't prepared, that your mental and spiritual cupboard is bare, and that you have to invest some time into getting ready to pray. But no! You don't have to make that dear one wait for the help that is right at hand.
God's thoughts, his angels, are always here according to the divine law of punctuality. Mind knows no lapse in goodness - not yours, and not the caller's. It isn't what a mortal, limited thinker knows; it is what God, the perfect Mind, knows that counts. You can turn instantly to this Mind, your God, to give you the perfect and precise thought that lifts you and the patient out of the doubt, fear and turmoil of the case.
You can be precise and on point in your prayers because you reflect the divine law of punctuality. You don't need time to search for ideas. You don't need time to wait for ideas. Mind and His best ideas are right on time and always at hand.
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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no