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

 What is means to see spiritually

 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. The reason for doing so is because these senses are only capable of providing 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 that specific Bible story (Mark 8:10-21), 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?”

How to see more spiritually

 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.
—Psalms 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