To state that "prayer is unnecessary" is not only to misquote...

Mill Valley (Cal.) Record-Enterprise

To state that "prayer is unnecessary" is not only to misquote Mrs. Eddy but to misinterpret the entire practice of Christian Science, which is founded upon the efficacy of prayer. Mrs. Eddy explains that repeating words of petition does not necessarily constitute true prayer. In the chapter on this subject in Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy describes that spiritual understanding of God which "reforms the sinner and heals the sick;" that "prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation, are God's gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christianization and health of mankind" (p. 1).

Christian Scientists acknowledge Christ, the Son of God; they acknowledge that Christ Jesus came to teach men the truth of God to save them from sin; and that he left this command with promise for his followers in all ages: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. ... And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; ... they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

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