WHAT can we do when there seems no solution to a need we have? We don't have to just give up. Prayer can open thought to the infinite capacities of God to reveal ideas that meet our legitimate needs. An experience our family had left me marveling at the resources of God's love--which provided for us in a way I would never have thought of. We needed some new business equipment. We carefully researched the market several different times. But each time we would conclude that our finances would not allow the purchase.
I turned to prayer. I didn't pray to ask God to get us new equipment or to increase our income. God, who is Spirit, meets our needs spiritually. As the one infinite, all-knowing Mind, He forever supplies His children with spiritual ideas that sustain them. My prayers were primarily an affirmation that God was giving me these divine ideas and that I could be receptive to them. I stopped feeling pressured by human will, lack, and discouragement. I began thinking of the efficiency, productivity, help f
ulness, among other things, that the equipment represented. I felt quietly confident that God was supplying me with these ideas and that as I expressed them, they would take form in a way that would be purposeful and good.
Within two days, someone who knew of our need for this equipment, called to say that he would like to buy our piano for his mother-in-law. In exchange he offered to set us up with the new equipment and give us some cash as well. Two days later, the equipment was installed and in regular use.
Whether we're trying to sell a house, get a job, find companionship, pass an examination, bring resolution to a business problem, or solve some other difficulty, prayer can help us discover the ideas we need. But such prayers must first be humble, trusting, and free of preconceptions--willing to let God's will be done, as Christ Jesus taught. Otherwise we are apt to miss the solution because we are looking in only one direction for an answer.
Moses understood this kind of prayer. In the wilderness, when the children of Israel were certain that they would starve or die of thirst, Moses prayed. Solutions came in what might have seemed unlikely ways, but they met the people's needs for water and food.
The more we experience such provision in our own lives, the more confident we become in trusting God. Then it becomes a great joy and adventure to watch God's unfoldment of spiritual ideas enable us to solve some particular predicament we find ourselves in. In Proverbs we read: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Our own understanding of the possibilities may be limited, but God's ways are always unlimited. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, assures us in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany: "Divine Life, Truth, Love is the basic Principle of all Science, it solves the problem of being; and nothing that worketh ill can enter into the solution of God's problems.
We can always trust that our honest needs will be met through the unfoldment of God's ideas to His wholly spiritual creation, man. When we understand that this spiritual nature is our genuine identity, we see that there is no dilemma, no lack, no helplessness, that can defy God's omnipotence. We know that God loves His children and is always at hand to bless.