Christ Jesus gave the command to heal the sick. To me, that implies that healing is a completely reasonable outcome of prayer.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “Spirit is omnipotent; hence a more spiritual Christianity will be one having more power, having perfected in Science that most important of all arts, — healing.” (Miscellaneous Writings, 232 )
She also explained, “Healing physical sickness is the smallest part of Christian Science. It is only the bugle-call to thought and action, in the higher range of infinite goodness.” (Rudimental Divine Science, 2)
How can healing the sick be the most important and the smallest part at the same time? I think it comes down to the motive of our prayers.
Two recent posts addressed expectation in prayer. And expectation of healing is important. I believe one has the right to expect to be healed of sickness and sin through prayer. In fact, healing is a normal outcome. But praying with a focus only on the physical or mental transformation that occurs in healing, is like responding to a dinner invitation at someone’s home and demanding dessert first. Dessert is included! But it is not the point of accepting the invitation!
As one who LOVES dessert, I can say from experience that putting it first can distract attention away from the main course, and from the opportunity to engage with the great conversation going on at the table. In healing prayer, the main event is the unfolding conversation with the Christ, the divine message of good from God and man.
The subject of healing prayer is neither sin nor sickness. Neither is it healing, really. It is perfect God and His creation, perfect man. Health is a natural effect of spiritual understanding. Obtain the understanding of God and man and you obtain health, because health is the natural state of man as God’s child.
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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