How can we have quicker healings?
Jesus was able to heal not only consistently but instantly.
Over many years of practicing Christian Science healing, I’ve loved seeing prayer resolve everything from employment and relationship problems to health issues. But often I’ve wished that these healings had happened more quickly.
Healing is the result of effective prayer. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, offers many helpful instructions about how to pray in a way that brings healing. In fact, in her textbook on healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she has a whole chapter on this topic, titled “Christian Science Practice.” Wonderful results occur when we follow the guidance in this chapter and throughout the textbook, based as they so fully are on Jesus’ teachings and healing practice and on Mrs. Eddy’s own remarkable healing work over a lifetime.
Sometimes healing takes much prayer. Great spiritual growth often accompanies these healings. But contrast these experiences with Jesus’ healing ministry: He was able to heal not only consistently but instantly.
Consider a couple of his one-liners, which packed a healing punch: “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk” (John 5:8 ) and “Lazarus, come forth” (John 11:43 ). In each case, the job was done, and right away. The paralyzed man got up, and Lazarus walked out of the tomb he had lain in four days. These statements healed because they reflected the conviction that only good exists. They were expressions of Jesus’ laser-like glimpses into the heart of spiritual reality—which made this reality instantly tangible.
It was quintessential healing! And as followers of Jesus, we can aspire to such healing, too. After all, Jesus did promise, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also” (John 14:12 ).
I took a look at some of the more remarkable healings from my decades of practicing Christian Science, and I noticed some interesting similarities: They came as the result of simple truths understood clearly and stated succinctly. In these instances, I wasn’t having to go through what seemed like a process. A single, definitive thought did the healing work. Each was an illustration of the Bible verse “For [God] spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast” (Psalms 33:9 ).
One time I heard God tell me, “I’ve got this,” as the phone went dead after a person reported she was passing out from a heart attack. Another time, the potent truth that healed was “Mother-love is needed here and is here,” when a wife spoke of her husband, who was showing symptoms of a major stroke. “There is no end to life” met the need when “end of life” decisions were being discussed because of the patient’s dire physical condition. In each experience, the patient recovered within minutes.
What happened? In all three situations, the specific healing idea was not of my creating. While I was spiritually prepared, it was a distinct, clear message from God that was imperative, unequivocal, relevant, and all-powerful. Each idea was complete, fully formed. I didn’t need to apply it. I didn’t have to develop it through a thought process. I didn’t have to listen for more inspiration. It was fact. Mrs. Eddy explains what was going on this way: “The spiritual power of a scientific, right thought, without a direct effort, an audible or even a mental argument, has oftentimes healed inveterate diseases” (Rudimental Divine Science, p. 9 ).
Each clear thought was an expression of the fundamental, rock-solid laws of health and wholeness that compose and govern the universe—and each came in a way I could understand. The source of these thoughts was God, the All, the only. His creation, including us, is forever complete, perfect, intact. When we witness the incredible wonder of God’s spiritual universe, that clarity entirely disperses the clouds of fear and doubt that would obscure what’s always and already true. When this happens, limits disappear, impediments vanish, and what we call healing results.
A single, definitive thought did the healing work.
How can we experience this kind of healing more often in our lives? Mrs. Eddy, in response to the question of how to advance most rapidly in understanding Christian Science, stated, “Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit” (Science and Health, p. 495 ).
Taking a look at her life, and especially at Jesus’ life, can give us some waymarks in our quest for better healing. Jesus certainly had intimate knowledge of Scripture. At age twelve, he was discussing various doctrinal points with the rabbis. And Mrs. Eddy was an ardent student of the Bible all her life as well as a devoted follower of Christ Jesus. Studying the Bible along with Science and Health can fortify us, too, with an understanding of God that heals.
Prayer is a wonderful way to “imbibe the spirit.” In following Jesus’ lead, Mrs. Eddy prayed often, seeking time for solitary communion with God. Dictionary definitions of imbibe include concepts such as drink in, soak up, absorb. Prayer in which we drink in God’s Word, feel the touch of Love’s tenderness, and are enlivened and enlightened by Life’s vibrancy lifts us into an awareness of infinite good. It goes beyond a mere repeating or stating of phrases; it allows us to know and experience the truth of being.
Sometimes our prayer starts with a mental review of what we know to be true about God and His creation, and that can be helpful. But we don’t stop there. We let those affirmations open us wide to the infinite realm of Mind, God. We find our thoughts soaring, imbued with fresh views of the divine creation. Rather than doing the talking, we find ourselves listening. This is a place of spiritual receptivity that positions our thought to receive God’s messages whenever we need them.
In following Jesus, Mrs. Eddy moved beyond a personal sense of healing. Her writings point not to personal ability but to a deep awareness of God’s presence and each individual’s inherent spiritual perfection as what empowered her remarkable healing work.
So, it is getting out of a concept of self as separate from God and into our oneness with Spirit that enables us to bring about instant results with a single powerful idea. How can we do that? By mentally letting go of a personal sense of responsibility to effect change. Yielding, surrendering, to God’s allness sets us on the right track. This puts us in touch with the reality and perfection of what God has already done. And then we recognize that our job is simply to bear witness to this reality.
Relinquishing a sense of personal responsibility for healing may take practice. But we know the steps we need to take, and having a desire to see better healing will lead us in the right direction. We’ll find that we can count on God for the perfect idea at exactly the right moment. These ideas are always present. And through study and prayer, we can ready ourselves for those moments of supreme, divine clarity, in which God’s presence supersedes human effort. We can’t orchestrate them, but they will come. The power of those perfect ideas will accomplish their purpose. They come as an unquestionable imperative, an awe-inspiring certainty—and they bring healing.