A friend of mine shared this analogy to prayer which I just loved. Prayer leads us step by step, truth by truth, until we can see the big picture/the larger plan.
We trustingly take each step, knowing that God is in control of His whole creation. Even if our initial steps into prayer seem disjointed or ineffective, we can trust that God will lead us into those paths most productive and healing and good -- much like a random series of dots, which, when connected, bring into view a whole new picture.
Now some may get the whole picture between dots # 21 and 23, another at #48 and yet another at #13, but we will all arrive at the full answer.
Here are some encouraging ideas to keep praying:
Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept. Patience must "have her perfect work.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
The rays of infinite Truth, when gathered into the focus of ideas, bring light instantaneously....
Step by step will those who trust Him find that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Individuals are consistent who, watching and praying, can "run, and not be weary; . . walk, and not faint," who gain good rapidly and hold their position, or attain slowly and yield not to discouragement.
Whoever would demonstrate the healing of Christian Science must abide strictly by its rules, heed every statement, and advance from the rudiments laid down. There is nothing difficult nor toilsome in this task, when the way is pointed out; but self-denial, sincerity, Christianity, and persistence alone win the prize, as they usually do in every department of life.
Emerge gently from matter into Spirit. Think not to thwart the spiritual ultimate of all things, but come naturally into Spirit through better health and morals and as the result of spiritual growth.
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