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Healing Is the Proof of Effective Prayer

From the August 1976 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The demonstration of the power of God, divine Mind, through healing is an essential aspect of Christianity and Christian Science. Faith, hope, expectation, are building blocks of prayer. But an understanding prayer ushers in spiritual consciousness. In this consciousness, or knowing of perfect being, the healing of sin and sickness takes place. It was the Christlike consciousness of Jesus that enabled him to heal.

Christian Science accepts the authority of the Bible statement: "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good."Gen. 1:31; God, being perfect, All, could not make anything unlike Himself. Mrs. Eddy writes, "In divine Science, man is the true image of God." And in the same paragraph she adds, "The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea,—perfect God and perfect man,—as the basis of thought and demonstration."Science and Health, p. 259;

To know that God is all good and there is no evil it is necessary to raise thought to the level of perfection. Healing through such realization often requires persistent effort. It is a grand accomplishment when we can depend on the affirmations of good to bring healing. But when the material senses shout their claims, we must answer with firm denials of evil. When our affirmations of Truth raise human consciousness above the testimony of the senses, we perceive perfection, and healing results.