Why spiritual healing?

In an age where medical care is apparently more accessible and more sophisticated than ever before, why would someone be interested in spiritual healing as Jesus practiced it and as Christian Science carries it forward today? Why pray about a health issue when this often requires so much more of an individual than simply letting a doctor do the work or leaning on one’s health care insurance for medical treatment? 

I grew up in a family where my dad’s best friend was an M.D. and my mom was studying Christian Science, so I gained firsthand knowledge of both approaches to healing. I felt a real love, and still do, for the physician who cared for me and my siblings when my dad wanted us to have medical care. But I also learned early on that doctors didn’t have all the answers and that there was much more to healing than pills. For example, when I had a bad case of strep throat, our family physician prescribed penicillin and bed rest. Two very painful weeks later, I returned to school and to my basketball team, but it took another two weeks before I was really back to myself. 

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