"Nothing happened." Who hasn’t felt at one time or another that their prayers have not been very fruitful? That the time spent in prayer seems to have been of little use?
Take a minute and think about how the trees, the bushes, the grass, appear in winter. Nothing seems to be happening. If you didn’t know better, you would think that the leafless tree, the flowerless bush, the greenless grass are dead. However, during those long cold winter months, living is going on in the tree and the shrub and the grass.
The vegetation is strengthening, restoring, renewing, preparing for spring. We are confident the tree will leaf out, and the bush will bloom, and the grass will become a carpet of green. Likewise, during those periods of prayer something is going on, no matter how unfruitful those prayers may appear. We should be just as confident and expectant of the outcome. After all we don’t pray on our own. Prayers are actually God-impelled and God-empowered.
Our prayers strengthen our spiritual sense. They prepare us for the inevitable flowering of our sincere efforts for healing.
When I feel stuck I often think about Mary Baker Eddy’s message to her students: “Under the affliction in the very depths… STOP. Contemplate what you have to be grateful for.” (Mary Baker Eddy Library: reference unidentified)
I follow this two-step method for getting unstuck:
Then I make sure I feel it. When you let yourself be, feel, grateful, you can sing Solomon’s song, “For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land." (Song of Solomon 2:11,12)
So, if you are feeling a little stuck in your prayers and would like some MOJO - the confidence and spiritual authority that keeps your prayers moving - try taking those simple steps with me.
Kay Olson is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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