Why the Christian Scientist prays

The Christian Scientist prays to know and understand God. He has found that God is the only source of health, happiness, and life. From the Bible, and from the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, he has learned that the spiritual laws of God's power and goodness are the basis of healing. The Psalmist says, "Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." Ps. 42:11.

Trusting God, divine Spirit, supersedes dependence on material means for healing and happiness. God, divine Principle, is the only cause of existence. Man is His perfect spiritual idea, unfallen and eternally whole. Man, as God's image and likeness, reflects God, including perfect health, incorruptible selfhood, and endless life.

Healing—spontaneous and natural
July 30, 1984

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