Monday, April 16, 2018

Prayer that Heals

Search online or in a store for books on prayer and you will find hundreds of choices.  The Surrender Prayer, The Power of a Praying Wife, 31 Days of Prayer for My Children, Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference?, The Battle Plan for Prayer, Prayer: The Ultimate Conversation, The Prayer Map for Boys, Pocket Prayers, Prayers That Avail Much, and Prayer: Our Deepest Longing are just some of the many titles that I found.  Clearly, many people have an interest in prayer.

The first chapter of the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy is titled “Prayer” and contains some original and arresting ideas about this topic.  For example, consider this statement:
 “Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, - neither in nor of matter, - and the body will then utter no complaints.  If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well.”
Could such a thing be true?  Does prayer really have this kind of power?  Yes!  I’ve experienced this!

Last summer, while on a camping trip, I was digging a hole using a spade.  I wasn’t being very careful about this task and I was only wearing sandals.  Unfortunately, I struck one of my big toes with the spade.  There was bleeding and the pain was intense, but I was aware of the statement quoted above about how to pray, so I immediately endeavored to put this into practice.

Turning my thought away from the evidence of the injury, I focused on the idea that my true being was spiritual and was not in matter or controlled by matter.  I wasn’t just thinking about this superficially or applying a rote formula.  I had been carefully reading the book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and contemplating the ideas it presents about man’s spiritual being.  So my prayer at this moment was a deep and sincere effort to understand and apply the truth of what I had been reading.  Very quickly, I felt a sense of peace and the bleeding and pain ceased.  My prayer was answered!

Although my toenail was damaged and it took a year for a new one to grow out, this did not affect any of my activities.  Not only did I finish my digging project, but I had an active summer of hiking and bicycling without any further pain or limitation from this incident.

You can read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures online or purchase it from Amazon or any major book retailer.  It is also available for sale or study at the Christian Science Reading Room in Evergreen, Colorado at 4602 Plettner Lane.

1 comment:

  1. I think this prayer message is at the heart of Science and Health and the Christian Science it teaches. I've found that sharing the "prayer" chapter with others -- what the book terms "simple seekers of Truth" -- is a great unifier. The yearn for healing prayer is evident all around us: I'm struck by those books written by even physicians on the topic, such as Herbert Benson, Larry Dossey, Reginald Cherry, etc. To me, Science and Health takes that prayer to another level--giving it more form, purpose, and power--and also a foundation in spiritual truths, the laws of God.

    I was struck by a prayer appeal the other day after skiing with an acquaintance. We both heard the hospital helicopter flying overhead from the resort. My friend, of a different faith, immediately interrupted our conversation and suggested we pray for the well-being and healing of the patient in the helicopter. Later I was asked do you believe in prayer and its power to heal. I of course was able not only to say "yes" but also to layout how I do so beyond a vague hope or good thought thanks to the Prayer chapter in Science and Health.