The Place of Fasting in Scientific Prayer

Fasting is often thought of as denying oneself some luxury or necessity in the observance of a religious rite. From this standpoint it might appear that Christian Scientists do not fast, but that is not the case. Fasting in Christian Science, which is the rejection of material sense evidence, is an indispensable element of scientific prayer. Prayer which includes both spiritualization and dematerialization of human thought enables the healer to meet difficult situations with assurance.

It is as necessary to deny spurious material sense testimony and the beliefs associated with it as it is to discern the spiritual fact of man's inseparability from God. It is in this way that prayer, including the essential element of fasting, brings the healing Christ to receptive thought; and in the presence of Christ, Truth, one disease is no more real than another.

March 31, 1962

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