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Are You Praying for Healing?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My prayer is more effective when I keep it unassuming and uncomplicated.

I start with God, not a problem.

My prayer can resemble a chat with God although it quite often is me contemplating an alternative word for God, such as divine Mind, which leads me to see myself as spiritual idea or being.

I don’t focus on what other people have told me about God. In fact, I see myself only with God, away from any opinion about God. I’ve learned this technique through Christian Science as taught in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, where I read, “Being is holiness, harmony, immortality.”

I stay clear in my prayers, for example when I read this, “Science says: All is Mind and Mind’s idea. You must fight it out to the end. Matter, human mind, is of no help in this war,” I interpret that to mean simply that divine Mind is the healer. I do not complicate my prayer by assuming matter and human mind are adversaries.

Prayer shifts my consciousness to recognize and use spiritual principles of divine Mind, such as honesty, forgiveness, and moral courage. Similar to learning mathematical principles and applying them to add 9 plus 9, which reveals the answer of 18.

Now, if I need to use my fingers when counting. Fine. So be it. I am not guilty of misusing the science of mathematics by using my fingers. I know my fingers did not cause 9 and 9 to equal 18.

Likewise, if I use a temporary relief, such as a pain reliever, I am not guilty of misusing the science of Christ-spirit because I know that pill did not cause healing.

Prayer continues until I experience divine Mind’s truth, or what I call the Christ-spirit, shift my consciousness to the reality of “holiness, harmony, and immortality.”

Many times over, prayer is kept so simple that I do not need any temporal relief. Divine Mind’s healing power is felt superbly. I’ve had the 24 hour flu last 24 minutes. I’ve had achy joints and irritated nerves limber up and calm down, through prayer alone.



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  • Jude

    Yes, I pray for healing daily. Some times only by myself, and some times I will post prayer requests for healing as well. This is one of my favorite sites for such prayer requests:

    http://www.prayers-for-special-help.com/Prayers-for-Healing.html

    I was diagnosed with cancer 6 months ago, so keeping a close relationship with God is important. I know that he is watching over me and that he will keep me safe if I keep my faith. Of course, no one can truly know God’s plans for us.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment bluesky2

    ‘Are you praying for healing…’ Please permit a few additional thoughts to Ms Petersen’s comments:

    When things go wrong in our lives, we naturally want to fix the problem. How? Most go to doctors or the pharmacy or a dentist or a psychologist or counselor… Many will ask God to help or will try to ‘un-see’ the problem thru reliance on some method or teaching.

    In times of struggle, whatever we do we might remember a few simple words: It is God; it is all God; there is only God. The words are not important. The meaning is critical. It is God’s allness that effectively meets the need for prayer and healing. Always. No matter who we are; no matter where we be.

    The meaning behind the words moves us into sympathy with God’s goodness and God’s love. God’s perspective is key to resolving problems. Here are beautiful statements from the pages of Christian Science that put God’s allness into perspective. We may still want to visit a doctor. We may still need a counselor. However, understanding these statements cannot possibly leave us where they found us.

    [NOTE: In Christian Science Life, Truth, Love, Principle, Soul, Spirit, Mind are synonyms for God. Idea is a synonym for man.]

    God is the only Life… Existence, separate from divinity, Science explains as impossible. In the vast forever, in the Science and truth of being, the only facts are Spirit and its innumerable creations. Spirit… is the only real substance. Spirit is eternal, divine.

    To infinite Spirit… all is Spirit, divine Principle and its idea… The divine Principle, or Spirit, comprehends and expresses all, and all must therefore be as perfect as the divine Principle is perfect. Principle and its idea is one and this one is God… The divine Principle and idea constitute spiritual harmony – heaven and eternity.

    The God-principle is omnipresent and omnipotent. God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power. All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power. God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power or presence. Allness is the measure of the infinite, and nothing less can express God. All reality is in God…

    Is life all about problems? Is life all about God? It is possible the answer can be found somewhere in the statements below.

    [From Christian Science…]
    Remember, thou canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe, where Love has not been before thee and where its tender lesson is not awaiting thee. Therefore despair not nor murmur, for that which seeketh to save, to heal, and to deliver, will guide thee, if thou seekest this guidance…

    …The Love which never loses sight of loveliness; the Life which lives its own irradiance; the Mind which manifests all that exists; Soul which is beauty, bliss and satisfaction; Principle which governs with flawless precision; Spirit the source of all good and imperishable glory; Truth which is eternal freedom — combine as One. This holy state of divine Life includes all the knowing there is, all the living, loving and feeling. It is your Life. This fulness and beauty of your being is within you. Every divine attribute, quality and condition is a fixed element of your being, permanently incorporated, blended and combined. To “the One altogether lovely,” to divine Mind embracing its own kingdom or consciousness of holiness, we attest: “Hallowed be Thy name”; Holiness is Thy nature.

    bluesky2 – with a little help from my friends

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