There is a daily prayer in Christian Science that when prayed faithfully and thoughtfully is capable of transforming the world. It goes, “’Thy kingdom come;' let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!" (Eddy, Church Manual, 41)
To be effective, prayer must be more than an autopilot repetition of someone's ideas. It should and can take you deep into the kingdom of God, deep into the inner sanctum of divine harmony, of Truth, where true power resides. Pray deeply for yourself and for your world – the whole world. Cleanse yourself of all sin and you will see the Word - the Christ-understanding of God and His creation - transform the universe. Your love and prayer can change the world if you discover the kingdom of God within you, and within all.
Honestly, it is different each time. A pat answer is no more meaningful than a mindlessly repeated prayer. If the question scares you – if you are nervous about talking about what Christian Science means to you, I can recommend something that has helped me.
When I first became a lecturer, I was afraid of being asked a bunch of different questions. This crippled my ability to communicate well to a certain extent. So I took that fear head-on and wrote each question I was afraid of on post-it notes. Each week I had a different question posted on the mirror, and while brushing my teeth, I thought through what my answer would be for that day, each day of the week.
The exercise was helpful because it got me to uncover and handle what I was afraid of in each question. And I never formulated a pat response, because I challenged myself to have a different answer each day. Then with a new week, I put up a new question.
In the end I discovered that those fears had less to do with the questions, and more to do with my trust in divine Mind to unfold meaningful answers within me. Mind that is God knows all, and we can always reflect Mind’s perfect knowing and sharing.
Another tip: Go to Christian Science lectures and listen to the varied ways Christian Science is described. In the webinar that you heard, I summed up Christian Science briefly. Go back and check it out at the four-minute mark. There are other places later on where I explain it simply again.
Sometimes certain phrases catch our attention to the exclusion of the context surrounding it. It’s not a bad thing if the phrase is used to take us back into the original text to find the answer, rather than being examined out of context and creating confusion and doubt. As is most often the case, the answer to your question is in the context surrounding the phrase.
Here is the passage to which you are referring. I italicized the answer to your question of “how” – an emphasis that does not appear in the original text:
“The body seems to be self-acting, only because mortal mind is ignorant of itself, of its own actions, and of their results, — ignorant that the predisposing, remote, and exciting cause of all bad effects is a law of so-called mortal mind, not of matter. Mind is the master of the corporeal senses, and can conquer sickness, sin, and death. Exercise this God-given authority. Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.
“Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s government. Have no fear that matter can ache, swell, and be inflamed as the result of a law of any kind, when it is self-evident that matter can have no pain nor inflammation. Your body would suffer no more from tension or wounds than the trunk of a tree which you gash or the electric wire which you stretch, were it not for mortal mind.” Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 393:4-24