In every one of my personal healing experiences, prayer has brought about a perception shift. Healing prayer involves looking at life from a divine perspective and working out from this new point of view.
Prayer develops spiritual sense - the capacity we all possess to understand and see divine reality without the encumbrances of fear, pain or doubt. When one understands that what he sees and feels through spiritual sense is his actual state of being, consent occurs, evidence changes, and we call this change a healing.
To my sense, Paul gives a good explanation of what occurs in healing prayer: He says, "that ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." (Ephesians 4:21-24)
However long or short the period of time for the shift, healing is never a mind game or magic event. The time required for a healing is also never problem-driven - that is to say, one problem is not inherently more difficult or time-consuming to heal than another. Healing is the result of a perception shift, spiritual growth and progress in putting what we know into practice - the three most natural things in life.
The healing didn't occur over time. It occurred out of time, or rather, when I took myself off the mortal, limited timeline of humanhood with its ups and downs, and consented to ever-present blessedness and the divine state of God's man.
The healings that have had the deepest impact on my life have brought with them some of the most significant life-lessons. Yes, many of these have taken time. But the time element fades when weighed against the spiritual growth and the increased capacity to help others. When Jesus' disciples struggled to heal a problem that had gone on a long time, Jesus healed it by rebuking the devilish, "faithless and perverse generation" of questions, "How long has this gone on?" "How long will this continue?" that weighed on the case. Then he spoke of the power of mustard seed faith. (See Matthew 17:14-21) Mustard seeds seem small and insignificant. To me, Jesus teaches us not to be distracted by the size or length of time - or any other mortal measure - of a problem. We are to get off the problem entirely and plant our prayer-seed in God's all-powerful present Christ. The message of Christ is that an understanding of God through prayer, and a life lived consistently with that prayer, moves mountains.
Speaking of Christ-healing, Mary Baker Eddy - the discoverer of Jesus' method of healing prayer - wrote from experience: "There is nothing difficult nor toilsome in this task, when the way is pointed out; but self-denial, sincerity, Christianity, and persistence alone win the prize, as they usually do in every department of life." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.462)
Don't be cornered by the clock or a mortal timeline. Don't let a problem be to you a fixed, stationary mountain. Don't think of your faith - and the power of your prayer - as too small. Your life-story and healing potential is infinitely greater than that. Pray. Persist. Grow. Express. You won't miss out on your healing. It is unfolding outside of time.
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