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The chief aim of our endeavors

We have certain hymns and services, which we say daily, of Lord and thanks to God for His marvelous works; and some forms of prayer, imploring His aid and blessing for the illumination of our labors, and the turning of them into good and holy uses.  -  Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:3 We humans are a creative and curious lot aren't we? Dedicating our time, attention, and money to eradicate this disease or to delve into the intricacies of the farthest reaches of the universe we never cease to amaze ourselves with what we are able to accomplish. It seems to be something that drives is as creatures, as humans, to subject ourselves to this wanton, unbridled curiosity. It is both fair and fitting for us to invoke God for his illumination and empowerment of and in our pursuits. But, if our prayers stop there, I fear that they will fall on deaf ears. By virtue