Earthquakes, hurricanes, and prayer

The Sunday following the earthquake in Kobe, Japan, one of the visitors to our Christian Science church service told me of her hesitation in praying because she was unsure whether her prayers would actually help or would merely serve to soothe her own conscience.

Her earnestness was obvious to me from her words. I felt this demonstrated one of the basic requirements for prayer: It must come from deep within and be imbued with compassion and a sincere desire to help. What matters is not just saying words but being convinced of their meaning and power. This can lead to active, hands-on assistance as well.

Testimony of Healing
Healing—what a wonderful gift of God!
November 6, 1995

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