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Prayer that heals

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A WOMAN I know said that she often wondered when she was growing up and plagued with so many physical ailments, ``Why doesn't God hear my prayers?'' She was very religious and would plead for deliverance from her suffering. But healing still seemed elusive. God does answer prayer. But perhaps our prayers need to embody less fearful pleading and more understanding trust in His care for man.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: ```The prayer of faith shall save the sick,' says the Scripture. What is this healing prayer? A mere request that God will heal the sick has no power to gain more of the divine presence than is always at hand.'' And she continues further along, referring to God as divine Truth and Love, ``It is neither Science nor Truth which acts through blind belief, nor is it the human understanding of the divine healing Principle as manifested in Jesus, whose humble prayers were deep and conscientious protests of Truth,--of man's likeness to God and of man's unity with Truth and Love.''1

Christ Jesus' assurance ``Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free''2 takes on new meaning for the person who begins the study of Christian Science. He begins to see that an understanding of God makes free because the fact is that everyone's real selfhood is God's likeness, therefore eternally free, spiritually whole and safe at this moment. The spiritual laws underlying the Master's words and deeds, their changeless Principle, become clearer to the individual who gains some practical understanding of the Christ-power that Jesus expressed so fully. And this imbues his prayers for himself and others with power and efficacy.

The law of God is available for everyone to learn and benefit from. When the spiritual truth of God and man is specifically brought to bear on a particular trouble through prayer and purified living, healing takes place. Whether the difficulty is of long duration or is acute, something of the spiritual harmony of man in God's likeness inevitably comes to light.

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