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You can pray and be healed

A spiritual look at issues of interest to young people

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My friend Jessie told me a wonderful thing that happened to her not long ago.

Right before the end of school one day, she called her mom to come and take her home. She was supposed to have track practice that afternoon, but she couldn't run. She hadn't been feeling well for several days. Her nose was stuffed and she couldn't breathe easily.

Well, when Jessie got home, she got out the Bible and started to read. She said: "I believe in the power of God to heal me. I've had other healings."

Jessie wasn't just reading. She was also thinking and praying. At some point something clicked in her thought. By early evening, Jessie felt better and even went to the grocery store with her dad. She slept easily that night and ran in track the next day without any breathing trouble. She was grateful.

You might be asking, "Could I pray to God and be healed?"

I think you can. Pictures - even pictures in our mind - can help us understand things. The Bible tells about a picture Jesus gave us to show how to pray. He said we should go into a closet and shut the door and then pray (see Matt. 6:6) He probably didn't mean to go into an actual closet but to shut the door on all the noise of hurt or pain or anger bouncing around in your thought. He meant to get really quiet so you can hear God telling you about His/Her love for you, and about how God is always taking care of you.

There's more about going into this closet of prayer in a book called "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." The author, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote there that prayer is having an "audience with Spirit" (pg. 15). Do you know what it means to have an audience? It's having an appointment with a king or queen or someone very important. So you can picture prayer as a time to be with Spirit - with God - in your thoughts. You can think about God hearing you, knowing what you need. But mostly it's a time for you to hear God - to be quiet and listen for what you need to know to be healed and comforted.

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