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Effective healing prayer

Learn more about Bible-based prayer for healing

What is prayer?

  • It's communicating with God and spiritualizing thought.
  • Prayer and belief in God are a foundation upon which we rely in times of trouble and when we need comfort.
  • Many use prayer as their tool of choice for guidance and solving problems, resulting in healing.

What is the key to effective prayer?

Mary Baker Eddy's chapter on Prayer in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is a very thought-provoking analysis of prayer, and how it benefits us and those around us. This book is based on the Bible, and is a study tool to help us understand our relationship to God and adhering to God's laws. It is a Christian book for prayer and healing. Eddy talks about the motives for prayer and how we can pray effectively, using Christ Jesus as a prime example. 

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The Lord's Prayer

MATTHEW 6:6-13


In introducing the Lord's Prayer given to us by Jesus Christ, the Bible says, "When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, gives us a spiritual sense of the Lord's Prayer on page 16 of Science and Health

Our Father which art in heaven,
Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,

Hallowed be Thy name.
Adorable One.

Thy kingdom come.
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme. 

Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And Love is reflected in love;

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; 
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death. 

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. 
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All. 

"In order to pray aright, we must enter into the closet and shut the door. We must close the lips and silence the material senses. In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God's allness. We must resolve to take up the cross, and go forth with honest hearts to work and watch for wisdom, Truth, and Love. We must 'pray without ceasing.' Such prayer is answered, in so far as we put our desires into practice. The Master's injunction is, that we pray in secret and let our lives attest our sincerity." (Science & Health 15:14)

With God, all things are possible

The first chapter of Science and Health is entitled Prayer. The first line states, "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, — a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love." 

Understanding God is the key to healing prayer, because if we understand Him we will understand our spiritual nature as His reflection. God is good, and as children of God we all reflect good. This is one of the foundational teachings of Christian Science.

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