How would I pray about video game addiction? Yesterday's blog post generated this question from a reader. A couple of week's ago, a reader asked if I would address the the subject of motivation. How can we keep our motives on track? What motivates effective prayer and action?
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.
_ It's not a random little word. Like a period is not a random little dot. Without punctuation at the end, a series of words is considered a fragment, not a sentence. So what is prayer without an amen?
I am not really talking about a single specific word here. I am discussing the concept of finding a solid and clear conclusion to a prayer. When there is no amen, prayers can tend to stay in "to be continued" mode - the "dot dot dot" (...) of doubt, insecurity, or a of flimsy, open-ended hope.
Sometimes you just have to put your foot down when you pray. At least that is what I learned when our Labrador puppy started showing the symptoms of detached retina and hip dysplasia - two conditions apparently associated with her breed and bloodline.
I was pretty overwhelmed at the prospects of life with a blind, crippled "horse" of a dog in my home. I wanted to pray about this - wanted to see it healed through prayer. But I was finding it difficult not to be pulled down into the problem.
So I did what I often do when I feel stuck. I went back to the basics and studied Jesus' approach to praying - The Lord's Prayer as recorded in Matthew's gospel.
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures takes a line-by-line look at the underlying spiritual message of this prayer that emphasizes God's sovereign power over creation and our right and ability to pray with authority.
Me, back in my lecturing days.
Many years ago I developed symptoms of laryngitis during a weekend of constant speaking engagements. Saturday, I lectured six hours nonstop in a noisy environment. It seemed to put a strain on my vocal chords. I couldn't make a sound on Sunday morning and I had another important presentation to make at three in the afternoon. As I often do when confronted with crises - health problems included - I turned to the prayer system of Christian Science for help.
The Christian Science method of prayer involves spiritual reasoning that follows very closely the elements included in the Lord's Prayer that Christ Jesus gave to his followers. Each prayer is original, unfolded through inspiration, and starts with understanding God's true nature as Love, Life, Spirit - our true and only Father or Source. It hallows the Christ as the link, or divine message of good, that brings to humanity the capacity to heal and be healed. It takes a look at the true nature of God's creation, including man, as spiritual reflection, and of God's will of good for all on earth and in heaven...
I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no