The Prayer that Heals

In this seeming wilderness of fear and doubt and despair, there is a longing for an intelligent understanding of prayer which would bring us into closer touch with God and give us a God who is Love, and as Mrs. Eddy tells us (Science and Health, p. 472) one who is to be "understood, adored, and demonstrated." In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," we find in the chapter on Prayer the very essence of true spirituality, and a careful study of this chapter alone will heal disease and eliminate suffering.

The writer was at one time a member of a so-called orthodox church, trying to serve an unknown, personal God, and was at the same time living in constant dread of the elements and in fear of death as inevitable. One by one loved ones were taken from the fold, though fervent prayer had been offered for their restoration. We were told that it was God's will; that they were taken for a wise purpose and for our good. Inwardly I rebelled at these sayings, and finally lost all confidence in prayer as a means of overcoming disease and suffering.

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