Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Prayer, Gratitude, and Healing

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Prayer, Gratitude, and Healing

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PRAYER, I'm coming to see, includes humble and sincere communion with God that gratefully acknowledges the all-goodness of His power and grace redeeming our lives. There is no one set way to pray, of course, for prayer is as individual as we are, and each of us has his or her own special way of communing with God. But if it seems difficult to know how to pray, we can turn to the Bible for our inspiration. Being grateful for the blessings already bestowed on us can be an important element of prayer. Paul knew the effectiveness of gratitude and advised in his first letter to the Thessalonians, "In every thing give thanks" (5:18). When our prayers are filled with gratitude for God's goodness and tender compassion and for His all-power and presence, we are released from anxiety. Our ability to overcome the problems we face in our lives increases. "Prayer cannot change the Science of being, but it tends to bring us into harmony with it" (p. 2), the Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, tells us in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. So prayer, by spiritualizing our thought, is bringing us to a better understanding of the ever-presence of God and His unerring law of goodness and harmony. This understanding of God's unchanging law, when put into practice, brings the fruit of healing to our prayers. Communing with God empowered Christ Jesus to overcome all forms of evil, including sickness and death. When taken to the tomb of his friend Lazarus, John's Gospel records, Jesus lifted up his eyes and declared, "Father, I thank thee that thou has heard me" (11:41). Even before those that were with him saw Lazarus restored to life, Jesus first gave thanks to God. Expressing gratitude before we are able to see evidence of healing is praying with absolute trust that man is totally governed by God. …
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