What are we asking for in our healing prayer?

When one is struggling with sickness, it's natural to want relief. But for spiritual healing, something more than the desire for comfort is needed.

Few experiences make us feel our closeness to God more than healing that comes through prayer, and thousands can testify that prayer has healed them. As students of the Bible wanting to learn more about prayer that heals, we may need to consider the question "What are we asking for in prayer?"

If our prayer to God is merely a plea that He heal us, this is not very different from asking a human being to give us something we want. But because the Scriptures show us that God is infinite Spirit, that He is the divine Mind, which Christ Jesus expressed, we know that God must be infinitely different from a mortal, finite person. Thus to pray Scripturally, we must pray with a new focus, even a spiritual sense of Him, as the one, infinite God, who has already created man in His own image. In the chapter "Prayer" in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy writes: "The mere habit of pleading with the divine Mind, as one pleads with a human being, perpetuates the belief in God as humanly circumscribed,—an error which impedes spiritual growth." Science and Health, p. 2.

Prayer with no catches
December 29, 1986

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