What makes prayer effective?

It is not words themselves that heal, but an understanding of the spiritual truth behind the words.

In a conversation a couple of years ago, a family member described all the symptoms of panic attacks she was having and said she was taking medication to control them. As she talked, I realized that I had been healed of these same symptoms over thirty years ago. I had completely forgotten about them. At the time, those symptoms had been aggressive to the point where I sometimes had to leave work early. 

Over the course of several months, I called a Christian Science practitioner many times for treatment through prayer. She stressed the truth in this Bible verse: “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7). She also often reminded me that I was relying on a Science that could be proved—that it is fact, not theory. The attacks became less frequent, and eventually just faded away and were forgotten. 

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September 27, 2021

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