Healing through prayer is not haphazard

It was late at night. My husband was suffering with a painful stomach disorder that had periodically troubled him for some time. He asked me to help him. As my husband and I are Christian Scientists, I knew he wanted me to pray for him, because for us this is the very best help anyone could give. By resorting to prayer, we would be depending on the healing power of the Christ. But, someone might ask, isn't that like doing nothing? Surely not! We have learned that prayer is an active, healing force. It is not "doing nothing" about a problem. Certainly, when Christ Jesus prayed, he obtained conclusive and consistent results. Could anyone argue he was doing nothing? He proved that prayer is not only loving but is a powerful way to help those in need of comfort and healing.

As I prayed for my husband, an interesting comparison came to thought. Simply put, it was an analogy between what it takes to paint a room and what is needed to pray effectively.

Initially in getting ready to paint a room we select the exact color we want. Next we prepare the room. Perhaps we remove furniture, wash walls, patch holes; whatever it takes. In this step as in the others, we want to do it right in the first place so that we get the results we need.

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Not a bit of it
November 4, 1985

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