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.
_God is the subject of healing prayer. An understanding of what God is and what God does - of spiritual reality - is the objective of healing prayer. The effect of such prayer is the separation of the unreal from the real through an understanding of God and His creation. Healing is the result.
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.
_Were Jesus to have given a formula for praying about a particular problem, he would have bound up our prayers in a limited human perspective. Instead of a formula, he gave an open format that sets us free to explore God's infinite nature when we pray, and to be happily surprised by the new views of goodness and love that we find in each prayer.
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.
_If you find yourself in a bind with no movement in your prayers, you might want to check yourself against this checklist and go back to the simple teaching in the Lord's Prayer to guide your.
John was talking about effect and results here - the separation of the unreal from the real which results in healing.
_Mary Baker Eddy brought it all together when she wrote about Christ Jesus, "His mission was to reveal the Science of celestial being, to prove what God is and what He does for man...His purpose in healing was not alone to restore health, but to demonstrate his divine Principle. He was inspired by God, by Truth and Love, in all that he said and did." (ibid. pp.18 and 51)
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.
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