When his disciples asked him to teach them how to pray, Jesus didn't ask them the subject of their prayer. He told them the subject. "Our Father." Jesus' teachings on prayer, as recorded in Scripture, are not exhaustive. But, they succinctly illustrate an important point. God is the subject of prayer that leads to healing in any case. Prayer and action motivated by the simple desire to understand God heals.
When Jesus was teaching his lesson on prayer, he wasn't worried about the result. He didn't ask, "What would you like to see happen?" before he explained how to pray. From the patient's perspective, the focus is often the human need. But Jesus method of prayer wasn't influenced by that. He healed based on an understanding of our divine Father who so loves His creation as to maintain it at the point of perfection, abundance and peace.
The Lord's prayer is a wonderful template for prayer. It illustrates the nature of God as Father, Mother, Creator and Giver of all good. It discusses the Christ as the motivation - the true will on heaven and earth - and man as God's creation, living in conformity with His will. It gives us a basis for denying limitation or doubt or fear or sin as a motivator or controller of creation. It demands practical results: justice, mercy, forgiveness, love, abundance, satisfaction, peace - all in the knowledge of God's present kingdom and power and glory.
To the question of how to pray about video game addiction, prayer is all about God. The higher you start and the broader the view of God that you seek to understand, the better the results - in any case.
You might start by considering our Father in the light of one or more of the seven synonymns for God discussed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love." (p. 465) Let your prayer open you to an understanding of the divine power that motivates all interest, desire and productivity in creation. And see where your prayer leads you. Be mindful of your subject and objective, and you will find that the effect and results are sure.
To the question of motivation, the same holds true. If you find yourself caught up in the push and pull of the problem, it is most likely that the subject of your thoughts and prayers is more about how to get around a problem than an understanding of God. Problem-centered prayer can open the door to frustration, anger, personal will-power and resistance - mental elements that paralize progress.
- SUBJECT - God
- OBJECTIVE - Understanding of God and His creation - spiritual reality
- EFFECT - Separation of unreal from the real through understanding God and His creation
- RESULT - Healing
John was talking about effect and results here - the separation of the unreal from the real which results in healing.
We, too can trust God to inspire our prayers with the healing Christ that reveals what God is, what God does, and results in healing.