How can prayer affect the body?

Spirituality is not an abstract theory about life, and Christian healing shows just how practical spiritual truth is.

On a cross-country flight I sat next to a surgeon who wanted to know how spiritual healing is accomplished in Christian Science. He wondered how prayer, which is mental, could affect the physical functions and condition of the body in a way that reliably results in healing.

I noted that if we were going to talk seriously about spiritual healing, we'd need to reexamine the view that a remedial method must proceed primarily from the basis of physical evidence and diagnosis. If the physical evidence of disease and its causes is the only thing one is willing to take into account, then one might well feel locked into a traditional medical view of how a cure can take place.

When calling upon God's power
January 3, 1994

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