Utilizing prayer to see differently and to heal

A friend of mine wrote a great blog about how if we’re aiming to heal we must “walk over the waves” of material thinking, fear, doubt, etc. However, if you’re new to Christian Science, this may sound daunting when you’re first starting out. But don’t get worried. As my friend Ken wrote, it’s God’s law that supports our efforts.

Jesus taught us to walk over, not into or with, the currents of matter, or mortal mind.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Unity of Good, p. 11

When we’re learning and realizing that we can pray and get results — for ourselves and others — it doesn’t surprise us that it takes work and practice at seeing differently. Persistence is definitely key in Christian healing. Christ Jesus constantly instructed his students, the disciples, to think outside the box of the material senses —which provide both limited and false information. He once asked his disciples, “Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? (Mark 8:18 (NKJV)).”

On one hand it might sound like he’s discussing the physical senses. When we read the surrounding verses we can see he’s helping them understand that there is more going on than meets the eye. He was really pointing out that we have a spiritual sense that enables us to see and hear spiritually. Spiritual sense also helps us understand that God’s power governs everything! What is more, when we see spiritually this helps change our view of things, while also changing our experience, too.

And, in this specific Bible story, Jesus pointed out that when he fed the five thousand and the seven thousand, there was actually infinite supply coming from God, as seen through spiritual sense, even though a few loaves and fish among so many hungry people appeared very limited to the physical senses.

You may be asking yourself, “That sounds really nice, but how do I change my thought?”

Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, really provides the best insight on the “how” because it explains the Bible and Jesus’ teaching in such a way that each of us can put biblical concepts into practice — daily and in diverse circumstances. And its no coincidence that the first chapter of Eddy’s book is called “Prayer.” That’s where and how thought can change.

When we utilize the power of prayer, each of us is utilizing our direct connection to God and our God-given spiritual sense to find thought-changing freedom that brings safety whatever situation we face. Through prayer, we can rise above the swirling mist of weather forecasts, anxiety about sickness or sin, as well as daunting politics, or anything that may burden our thought into feeling discomfort or lack.

By turning to God, in prayer, we’re immediately helping ourselves get aligned to what God knows is true rather than what we think we know. It’s what God, Truth, knows about His creation that helps us realize and see — through spiritual sense — the permanent harmony that’s present in ours lives and for the world. Through God’s loving power and support we can walk over the waves of fear with confidence  — whether the situation is disease, finances, weather, school, politics — you name it, God’s loving power removes the danger and lifts us up.

But as for me, my prayer is to You,
O Lord, in the acceptable time;
O God, in the multitude of Your mercy,
Hear me in the truth of Your salvation.
—Psslmd 69:13 (NKJV)

In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as “a very present help in trouble.” Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals. It is the open fount which cries, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters.”
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. 12

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.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. 12

Defining ourselves spiritually

We’re told over and over that we’re mortal and material. So much so we don’t even think of questioning those suggestions, let alone the evidence before our eyes. However, the Bible, the most important book ever written on the subject of life, our actual being, tells a totally different story.

‘The Bible tells us that God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness (Genesis 1:26 KJV).” This powerful statement is not abstract — it shows that our direct source and parentage is of God. To be clear, this scripture is saying our life, our being, is actually God-like.

You may ask, “But does that then mean God is atom-based and material, too?” When we look at it that way we’re actually anthropomorphising God with that view, making Him man-like. The reason people do this so frequently is because we think we’re material.

Bringing forward a spiritual model, Christ Jesus rejected the materialistic version of life and being, instead telling us, “God is Spirit…(John 4:24 NKJV).” And based on this one spiritual fact, Jesus was able to demonstrate — scientifically — that man is in fact 100% spiritual. His proofs were constant and consistent. With each healing, Jesus’ demonstrations brought glimpses to his disciples that man’s true being was actually whole, good, and complete, here and now. What’s more, when Jesus was resurrected after his crucifixion and death, and then later appeared to his disciples, this final proof pointed to and solidly illustrated the ultimate fact — man’s life is actually spiritual.

Just as Jesus’ healing proofs brought ever-clearer glimpses to his disciples, about the spiritual reality regarding man, each healing likewise helps to give each of us such glimpses. Each insight into this spiritual promise that Jesus shared helps us understand — realize — that our true basis of being, our real life, has never been materially nor atomically based.

Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, helps make this biblical promise more understandable and practical because she defined the law behind this promise of a full spiritual life, naming it Christian Science, or the Science of Christ. Putting this science into practice, many people from all walks of life, have found that this divine law and power underlying spiritual being is actually provable in everyday life.

Science and Health brings home the biblical promise, showing us that by having the desire to grow spiritually and to understand God better,  we can experience progress, including improved health  — just as Jesus showed his disciples. To me, these activities, growing spiritually and learning to heal, help illustrate what is spiritually true about myself and others. Learning to heal ourselves, through prayer and God’s power, enables us to see, in plain and practical terms, that our lives are in fact spiritual and good, even holy.

The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike.
Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. 200