Learn more about Bible-based prayer for healing
What is prayer?
- Prayer is 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.
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. She talks about the motives for prayer and how we can pray effectively, using Christ Jesus as a prime example.
The Lord's Prayer
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. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye:
|Our Father which art in heaven,|
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, for ever.
Amen." (Matt. 6:6-13)
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. Here is a video of the Lord's Prayer and its spiritual interpretation, created by TMC Youth (Youth group from the Christian Science Mother Church).
"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)
"Desire is prayer." Mary Baker Eddy
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.
Prayers for . . .
Christian Scientists often base their prayers on the Lord's Prayer given to us by Christ Jesus and inspirational readings from the King James Version of The Bible and other translations.
The Lord's Prayer given to us by Christ Jesus meets all human needs.
Silent prayer and the Lord's Prayer with its spiritual interpretation given in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy are part of church services. Otherwise, there are few prayer rituals In Christian Science. We turn to God for fresh inspiration to meet every need.
► View or read testimonials of healing from others who have been healed through prayer? Individuals share their healing experiences in online testimonials on YouTube and our website.
► Come to a Wednesday testimonial meeting at any Christian Science Church.
► Pick up free samples of publications at any Christian Science Reading Room. The Christian Science Sentinel, Christian Science Journal and Herald of Christian Science are filled with reports of healing and articles about prayer-based healing.
► Visit christianscience.com for current topics of concern, including contagion, terrorism, economy and the environment.
► Read Healing Perspectives from The Christian Science Monitor.